From Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, has urged the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to constitute reconciliation committees that would unite the members of the party nationwide.

He noted that some members of the APC were aggrieved,  insisting that there was the need to reconcile and make peace with them.

Speaking at the APC stakeholders’ meeting for the North West in Kaduna yesterday, he said such action would bring more successes to the APC as one big political family.

This was contained in a press statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Musa Abdullahi Krishi,

He said: “I want to call on the national chairman and our party executive to ensure peaceful coexistence among all party members. As previous speakers have said, we are bedevilled by many issues in different states, and in every local government area.

“It is time to draw a line. Elections are over; this is time for governance. We should forget what has happened. Let’s forgive one another and embrace one another.

“I want to suggest to the national chairman, and by extension, the national vice chairman, to, as a matter of urgency, constitute reconciliation committees for the zone, and for every state to constitute the same reconciliation committees so that we can make peace and bring those that we may have offended back to the party.”

Abbas also urged Ganduje to use his position to address the high turnover rate of members of the National Assembly, saying that the APC members who perform well should be given the opportunity to return in 2027.

“On the issue of the high turnover of members of the National Assembly, this is a golden opportunity under your tenure to ensure that you do everything humanly possible for current (APC) members in the National Assembly and states Houses of Assembly to return in 2027.

“Some people may say there are others waiting. But, I need to emphatically state that the National Assembly is an institution, where the older you are in the system, the better you become.

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“Today, the North West, based on the 2023 elections, is worse off. That is the reason, perhaps, we did not get the kind of prominence we should have gotten. So, let’s ensure that only the worst of us do not get reelected. We should give the competent ones the opportunity to return to the National Assembly.”

The Speaker commended President Bola Tinubu for giving some key positions to the North West, saying the zone should appreciate him by redoubling its efforts in 2027.

“We thank Mr. President for finding the North West worthy of many important positions. This is the first time that we have the Speaker, the Deputy President of the Senate and the National Chairman of our party emerging from the zone.

“To whom much is given, much is expected. It is our turn to appreciate Mr. President, and to appreciate our party by ensuring that we do everything humanly possible to bring the dividends of democracy to our people; to ensure that the insecurity that has bedevilled our zone is brought to its logical conclusion; and to also ensure that in 2027, we redouble our efforts for the APC to do better in every ward, every local government, every state and the country as a whole.”

He called on party leaders at different levels to support the party structures, saying, “What I observed is that attention is given to the party when elections are near. After elections, nothing moves, nothing happens.

“I want to implore us, the leaders, to support our party not only during elections, but also at all times. That’s the only way we can guarantee success for our party.

“On our part at the National Assembly, we’ll sit with the leadership of the party in the North West to come up with some measures of support. I’ve already briefed the National Chairman during our last meeting that we would reach out to every member to ensure that every month, something is sent to the party to support it. We expect that all members of state caucuses will replicate the same.”

On the ongoing constitution amendment by the National Assembly, Abbas said: “This is an opportunity for us in the North West to sit down and bring up the areas that we can do better as a country.

“We want to see if we can replicate what we did in the Eighth Assembly by empowering all our senators and Honourable members to go back to their constituencies on an appointed date to interact with the people, giving them the areas of priority so that by the time we come back, every member will vote based on the mandate given by his people.”

He said some of the critical areas that the National Assembly identified in the constitution review were state police, local government autonomy, women inclusion in politics and governance, and the role of the traditional institutions.

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