Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Mending Fence: Buhari Mandates Tinubu To Reconcile Aggrieved Party Members

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In a bid to mend fences arising from party squabbles, president Mohammadu Buhari has appointed Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building efforts toward improving cordial relationship amongst members of its party, the All Progressive Congress (APC)

In a  two-paragraph statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, yesterday, said the assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the federation.

 The Presidency had on January 29, summoned Governor Ganduje and Kwakwanso over the aborted January  30 visit of the former governor of Kano to avert a breakdown of law and order in the state.

The governor, accompanied by two serving senators and two members of House of Representatives from the state met with Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, at the Presidential Villa. Ganduje, however, declined to speak to State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting.

 Also recall that on the day former President Olusegun Obasanjo issued a statement advising the President not to seek re-election in 2019, Tinubu and former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, had held a closed-door meeting with the President, in getting reaction, journalists gathered to hear from the Party National leader, Asiwaju Tinubu in what may be his position on the said statement credited to the former president, and  was told he left through other channels.

The Tinubu committee is expected to reconcile other APC members in Kaduna, Zamfara, Oyo, Kogi and other states of the federation.

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