Abakaliki – A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State, Dr Paul Okorie, says the reconciliation embarked upon by the party demonstrates its resolve to reposition ahead of 2019.
He stated this on Thursday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki.
Okorie, Secretary of the Ebonyi APC Reconciliation Committee, explained that the move was aimed at reconciling aggrieved party members as the 2019 general elections drew closer.
He noted that the party would explore every avenue to ensure that the party was effectively organised ahead of the forthcoming poll.
“The reconciliation exercise is to address issues; disagreements and grievances that arose from the wards, local government and state congresses of the party held recently.
“The reconciliation committee set up by the state chapter is part of the internal dispute resolution mechanism allowed by our party constitution to resolve some internal disputes.
“We want to go into the crucial 2019 general elections as a formidable and united party and we are hoping that members who feel aggrieved will take advantage of the reconciliation exercise to assuage their grievances.
“The strength and greatness of Ebonyi APC rest in the unity and oneness existing among members and we wish to sustain the gains,” Okorie, who is also a governorship aspirant, said.
The former Ebonyi commissioner for Works, Housing, Transportation and Environment said that the committee inaugurated on June 11 by the state party Chairman, Chief Eze Nwachukwu, had commenced sitting.
He said that the committee would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that adequate measures were taken to pacify all aggrieved members of the party and to ensure that APC remained united.
“We have commenced sitting and we have about two weeks to conclude our assignment. Our commitment is to ensure that all post-congress grievances are isolated, treated and resolved to the satisfaction of affected members.
“The party’s interest remains supreme and will not be compromised hence we appeal to individuals who felt that their personal interests were not accommodated during the congresses to bear with the party and work for the party’s collective interest,” he said.
He further assured that the committee would remain fair, impartial and unbiased in listening and treating complaints and grievances from aggrieved members that would come before it.
The eight-man committee is headed by Sen Anthony Agbo, who represented Ebonyi North Senatorial District between 2011 and 2015.