The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee has appointed Chief Bisi Akande as the new chairman of the Reconstituted 12-Member Reconciliation Committee.
The party dropped President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, as chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee, as no reason was given for the removal of the President of the Senate.
A statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu, announced pioneer national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, as the new chairman of the Reconstituted 12-Member Reconciliation Committee.
Meanwhile, checks revealed that the party had last December constituted a 10-member committee, with Lawan as chairman and the former Osun State governor as vice-chairman.
But supporters of the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, had protested the leadership of the troubleshooting team by Senator Lawan.
The Obaseki/Shaibu Movement (OSM), a support group for the re-election of the governor and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, rejected the composition of the committee.
In a statement, convener of the group, Honourable Damian Lawani protested the constitution of the committee, noting that some of those selected as members were interested parties in some of the crisis flashpoints, which called to question their neutrality in carrying out their assignment.
Lawan said: “We categorically reject the National Reconciliation Committee constituted by the APC NWC because we have seen the duplicity in the act.
“The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase are members of the newly announced committee and their inclusion is not only pregnant with meaning but also symptomatic of the intent of the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to continue the lingering fight against his political enemies.”
The new list, however, retained Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Honourable Ahmed Idris Wase. Leader of the Senate, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi, appeared to have replaced the President of the Senate in the list released on Monday.
In the reconstituted 12-member reconciliation committee, Senator John Enoh, retained the position of secretary.
Among those in the December list which made the reconstituted committee were former Borno State governor, Senator Kashim Shettima; sitting governors of Osun and Niger States, Gboyega Oyetola and Abubakar Sani Bello and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.
The reconciliation committee to be inaugurated today (Tuesday) “is empowered to address grievances of party members across the country and resolve existing conflicts, all with a view to fostering oneness, strengthen the party for better governance and ensure unity of purpose within the party.”