BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday upheld the suspension of the Edo State Chairman of the party, Mr. Anslem Ojezua while it await the outcome of a fact-finding and reconciliation committee.
This is just as the NWC has constitute a high-power fact-finding and reconciliation committee of party leaders to meet with all disputing parties to ensure that all issues are addressed and resolved.
The decision of the Party followed a resolution reached at the meeting of the NWC, which held on Wednesday, at the Party’s National Secretariat during which it received a notification of the suspension of the Edo State APC Chairman, Anslem Ojezua by 11 of the 16 members of the Edo State Working Committee (SWC).
The APC NWC said that it reviewed the process they followed and conclude that they have fulfilled the required conditions.
The ruling Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, explained that the NWC’s objective and cause of action is strictly to address the root causes of the disputations with a view to reconcile all parties to make the party even stronger.
Issa-Onilu said the Party National leadership has watched with grave concern the political development within the Party ranks in Edo State and is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of events.
He further said that the Party noted that this is happening in spite of the various steps it has taken to find an amicable resolution.
According to Issa-Onilu; “Recall that party leaders such as the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, and other eminent party leaders, had all tried at various times to ensure that the issues do not escalate. Sadly, these interventions have not yielded the desirable results.
“However, the immediate concern of the NWC is how to ensure that unity returns to the ranks of the party in Edo State. In achieving this, we have decided to constitute a high-power fact-finding and reconciliation committee of party leaders to meet with all disputing parties to ensure that all issues are addressed and resolved.”