“Go home and resolve your differences ahead of the 2023. I’ll not listen to excuses and any blame game in the event of failure after the general elections”, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) warned Abia State APC Stakeholders in Abuja on Wednesday, August 3, 2023.
It will be recalled that the party in Abia has been mired in crisis and confusion following a disputed primary election with many APC members in court, prompting the intervention of the National chairman.
Announcing the constitution of a eight-member reconciliation committee for the party Wednesday in Abuja, Senator Adamu urged the party leaders to return to their state and ensure resolution of the impasse, stressing that the party will not be satisfied with mere 25 percent in 2023.
He said that he has been made to hold many reconciliation meeting with APC Stakeholders from Abia and will not entertain the distraction again.
“We had a very comprehensive meeting, comprising leaders of Abia APC who are involved in the negotiation. We have series of meetings with the National Working Committee, during the primaries and since the primaries.
“I hope that what we have done today, the entire world will witness peace and we hope this is the very last step. We are not going to hold reconciliation meeting again. We will now leave it to the leaders of Abia to go and play their politics in Abia state. Abuja is not about Abia, go to Abia, play politics there, do the necessary, lobby, reconciliation there because all politics is local. Abuja is not Abia locality, Abuja is the Federal Capital Territory we converge here from various states. Let Abia go and sit together”.
He challenged the stakeholders to win whatever is winnable including all the national elections – House of Representatives, Senate, governorship, likely the presidential election, saying “we will not be satisfied with just the 25% of vote cast. The vote cast APC should be in the majority, simple. No half way about it. If we are to win, we must try to win every state. We have to do some works to avoid and forget some of the prejudices and stand together.
“We don’t want anybody to come here after the election and start crying and laying blames for our failures. I will not listen to that. This is the time to unite; this is the time to work for unity. If we do, God will be with us.
In his remarks the Chairman of the committee Senator Chris Adighije assured that the team will reach to all members of APC in the state towards building a cohesive structure ahead of the coming election.
He said: “You know what has been happening in Abia, the national has finally decided to set up reconciliation; to reconcile all the aggrieved members of our party so that we can build strength and face the challenges from other parties. We have to get together and quickly do so. We are on our way back to Abia, play the local politics, reconcile all our members and ensure that we go straight for the low hanging fruits which we would have lost if we don’t get together and I know that by the grace of God and with the team we are going to do the needful and ensure victory for our party.
On the chances of APC in coming polls he assured that APC is formidable but for the crisis.
“If you look at my face very well you will know that I am an old war horse and I wouldn’t be standing here if I am not sure. So, we have great chance, we only have to do the needful to work together. It is going to be difficult, that is why the committee is there. If there is no challenge, there will be no committee and we have a good committee and I believe we will do the needful God being our help.
Other members of the committee include: Nkeiruka Onyejiocha, Deputy Chief Whip of House of Representatives (Secretary), Emeka Wogu, former Minister of Labour, Martin Azubuike, former Deputy Governorship candidate of APC in 2019. Hon. Friday Nwosu, APC National Welfare Secretary Hon. Emeka Atuma. Ikechi Emenike, APC governorship candidate in Abia state.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.