APGA Reconciliation Committee Meets With Political Appointees
By Uche Nworah
The Reconciliation Committee of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) constituted by the National Leader of the party, and Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano today (Monday, November 12, 2018) met with serving political appointees as part of ongoing efforts by the party to reconcile aggrieved parties ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Welcoming the appointees, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Mrs Uju Okeke acknowledged that the outcome of the October 2018 party primaries had created disaffection among some party members hence the need for the ongoing consultations and reconciliation meetings.
She reported that the committee had previously met with APGA state executives, Transition Committee Chairmen and aspirants, and that in line with the mandate given to the committee, it will carry out its functions objectively and report back its findings.
Said she, “We are fighting for the soul and collective survival of our great party APGA. We acknowledge that mistakes may have been made with the manner the primaries were conducted but we must all unite to ensure that the party comes out of this stronger”.
She charged the appointees to take back to their various constituencies the party’s and governor’s messages of peace, brotherhood, sisterhood and hope.
Commenting, Chief Ben Obi, a party stalwart praised Governor Obiano for the courage in setting up the committee saying that it was timely, “APGA belongs to all of is. We can not leave the party now in the face of emerging challenges caused by some people who have functioned as mercenaries”.
Barrister Ifeatu Obi-Okoye, The Secretary of the Committee and political adviser to Governor Willie Obiano charged the appointees to be cautious in their utterances especially those asking for the resignation of some party executives. “There are processes in removing party officials. Even the governor and National Leader can not unilaterally remove an elected party official so Protocols must be followed if any officer is indicted or has breached the party’s constitution”.
Concluding, he urged the appointees to consider themselves as the last line of defence and Brigade of Guards of both the governor and the party, “ the onus is on us to defend the party and the actions of the government at all times. Those who disagree with certain actions or policies of the party may resign as we can not be appointees, enjoy the privileges while at the same time fail in our duty to defend the government and the image of the party”.
The meeting was attended by serving Commissioners, Special Advisers, Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants And Executive Assistants to Governor Obiano.
The Committee continues its assignment with scheduled meetings with other critical stakeholders including traditional rulers, and is expected to submit its report to the National Leader on Saturday, November 17, 2018.