The National Chairman of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole says one of his top priorities is to address disputes arising from the Party’s recently held congresses and National Convention.
Mr. Oshiomhole said this when he received separately at the APC headquarters two factions of Taraba State APC leaders on a solidarity visit following his recent election at the Party’s National Convention in Abuja.
The factions, one led by the Minister for Women Affairs, Hajia Aisha Alhassan,Taraba APC Mainstream and the other led by Senator Yusuf Yusuf, the Taraba Unity Forum.
The factions came in minutes apart and while pledging support to the party’s new National Working Committee (NWC), asked Mr. Oshiomhole to resolve the contending issues within the party in the state.
Mr. Oshiomhole who addressed them separately stressed that the only way the party could defeat the Peoples Demicratic Party (PDP) in the state, was for the factions to set aside their differences for the betterment of the party.
“We must work for the party and the unity of the country, the unity of the party must flow from the unity, the ward, state and from the national level.
“I listened to you referring to two parallel congresses at various levels in Taraba and that is rather unfortunate.
“We must do everything possible to ensure that we maintain the unity of the party in every state including, Taraba,” Oshiomhole said.
Mr. Oshiomhole told both delegations that he was awaiting the report of the National Convention Committee chaired by the Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.
“We must work to present a united front ahead of the 2019 general elections. Wherever we have a crack, we will mend it as soon as possible. On our part, we will be guided by principle of fairness and justice.
“The determination to win the governorship election in Taraba and the presidential election is enough incentive for compromise… We won the Taraba governorship election in 2015, but were manoeuvred out. In 2019, those manipulation instruments will not be at their disposal” Oshiomhole said.
Speaking on behalf of one of the delegations, Senator Yusuf Abubakar expressed confidence in the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committer to resolve disputes within the Party, particularly in Taraba State.
“We have witnessed with great excitement your flawless and overwhelming affirmation as the APC National Chairman. This unprecedented show of love and respect attest to your long standing reputation as a honest, fearless and dispassionate leader
“As dedicated party members, we are not unaware of the internal problems dogging our great party but are fully convinced and confident that as the right man for the job, you will bring your well-known competence and impartiality to bear on all the contentious issues awaiting your attention, especially as they affect Taraba State,” he said.
On her part, Senator Alhassan who led the other faction assured the APC National Chairman that her faction was ready for reconciliation, adding that they all remain brothers.