The warring factions of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi state are to face a reconciliation committee inaugurated by the party.
The party’s move is to frontally take measures to resolve the crisis between Kogi governor Yahaya Bello and Senator Dino Melaye and their supporters.
National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, has inaugurated a seven-member reconciliation committee to end the feud.
He said the situation in Kogi was unique, saying that what triggered the event in the state was tragic in their nature.
He added that the party leadership was bending backwards because it understood the feelings of the people and what they had been through.
´´We understand the work that you have put in to get the APC elected; we understand also that God who disposes of power, brought somebody at the last minute to be the beneficiary of all the work and labour that everybody obviously had put in.
´´Fortunately, we had a fact-finding committee that has done a lot of the basic work and submitted a report, which will be made available to the reconciliation committee.
´´We know the principal parties in the various groups in Kogi; we know what their grievances are. So the issue now is really to call just the principal groups and say look, this has to stop, how do we go about it.
´´The governor of course will be there to say his piece and give you all the assistance necessary to make your task successful.
“We want peace in Kogi state. Events there have been very very unusual. But like I said, given the emotive nature of the event that led to it, we have decided to stretch the opportunities for reaching peace, ´´ he said.
According to a statement issued by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abudullahi, the committee is chaired by Idris Garba, while the party’s Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom would be its Secretary.
Other members of the committee are: Don Etiebet; Patricia Etteh; Rufai Garba; Umar Lawan Kareto and Joe Orji.
Mr Odigie-Oyegun thanked members of the committee for agreeing to serve the party in the committee, adding that the party´s leadership wanted peace and settlement in its Kogi chapter.
The chairman of the committee thanked the party for the opportunity to serve and assured the party that the committee would bring peace and settlement to the party in Kogi
“There is no doubt that it is an onerous task, but we are committed people and believe in bringing our experiences to bear on the issue, we will be able to resolve the issue as directed by our great party,´´ he said.