Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and other members of the APC national peace and reconciliation committee for the Southwest, on Tuesday met in Ibadan, Oyo State, with an SDP group from Osun State led by Senator Iyiola Omisore as part of the committee’s engagements with strategic allies of the party and aggrieved APC members across the six States of the southwest. The committee was in Ibadan for interactive hearing with APC members from Osun and Oyo states.
Governor Shettima chairs the committee with Governor Nasiru El-Rufai as Vice chairman while Governor Ambode, former deputy governor of Ekiti State, Professor Modupe Adelabu, the D-G of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside and Barrister Sa’ida Sa’ad Bugaje serve as members.
The committee had last week met and held consultative meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in his capacity as the most senior public office holder in the southwest. The committee was in Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State where it held an interactive hearing with aggrieved members of the APC from Ondo and Ekiti States.
In Ibadan, the committee held a strategic engagement meeting with Senator Iyiola Omisore and three others that accompanied him on issues relating to the politics in Osun State. The meeting which was behind closed door was on the invitation of the committee. The committee is also expected to meet with deputy speaker of the house of representatives, Yusuph Lasun also from Osun as well as minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu from Oyo.
The committee received in all, six aggrieved members, three from Oyo and three from Osun with no written petition submitted, a development the committee’s chairman, Governor Kashim Shettima and his members were excited about.
“We have received the least number of aggrieved members here in Ibadan from both Oyo and Osun States. This bears testimony to the fact of Governors of Oyo and Osun have made significant reconciliation efforts. We were told of how the Governor of Oyo in particular, invited, hosted and met with all aggrieved members and came up with measures of managing grievances. We have confirmed that the Governor is already fulfilling his promises of carrying aggrieved members along and this is very encouraging” Shettima said.
In his remarks at the opening, Governor Ambode, who corroborated an earlier reference of him by Shettima, called on aggrieved members to borrow from him in helping to build peace in the interest of the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“We should all recognize that when there is life, there is always a hope for a better future. You can’t win all the time in politics but we should put our fate in God that the future will be bright. We should work together for ourparty no matter the extent of our bitterness” Governor Ambode said.