2019: Oshiomhole, governors preach reconciliation, inclusiveness…

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC and some Governors of the party have sued for reconciliation and inclusiveness among members of the party, particularly aspirants and candidates to ensure victory for the party at the polls.

This was the crux of the matter at Thursday meeting of 9 APC Governors, 20 Governorship candidates of the party, State Chairmen and Secretaries as well as the APC National Working Committee at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.

Oshiomhole in his remarks, reminded the Governors, candidates and state leadership of the party that they have very little time left to campaign between now and March, 2019 and they are expected to go to the polls and directed each candidate to set up a competent campaign organization that accommodates varying interests.

He instructed the candidates to particularly include their co – contestants for the ticket they now have to into their campaign structures, stressing that; “they may have the skills you need and the influence to be able to win the forthcoming election. To be honest, as candidates each and everyone of you have more important role to play”.

On the ongoing reconciliation process, the APC National Chairman told the candidates that, “your actions will help the process of reconciliation and to assist in resolving some of the issues. If you find that one of the governors who want to represent you but some how have an issue I think it is helpful if you identify such person.

“And bring them close. And pay conscious efforts to integrate them into your campaign organization. And if possible ask them to head or lead the campaign. Where you can find that I think it I helpful. Because anything anybody try to do by helping you to reconcile your action will be far more potent.

“And for the state chairmen they have a huge role to play. There are statutory responsibility that are vested in the state chairmen. The chairmen are to work exclusively with our candidates not only for governorships but for all the elections.

“This is not the time to look at you know I didn’t want this person. We all have our individual differences. That has been settled. The window for substitution has also closed. We must work and see that these candidates are more or less cast in stone. It is not something nobody can interfere with”.

Governor Mohammed Bello of Niger State in his contribution suggested that to dose tension, at least money for nomination forms should be refunded to aspirants who lost out at the primaries while reconciliation committees should be set up at the state levels as well.

“I think at the state level we should also set up reconciliation committees. What we are doing in Niger and in some places, you can at least refund them money on forms, that will reduce a lot of pressure. We are now APC, we are all on the same platform, we should work together.

“I believe it is never too late once they campaign in full force the signs are clear even though we can not take things for granted. All we have to do now is to go back and start putting in place a very strong campaign structure so that we start moving”, Bello said.

On his part Governor Simon Lalung of Plateau State stressed that apart from reconciliation which is very necessary for the victory of APC in the forthcoming general elections, party stalwarts should go back to their various localities and mobilize support rather staying at the centre where there is less work.

“When it comes to elections, people should learn to go back to their states. Such instances which we have complained about are people will not go back to their states. Some body may be a champion in Abuja but at home he will be nothing. The election will not be in Abuja. Who want to contribute to the President should come and contribute in his state, not in the centre. Lalung stated.

 

James Kwen, Abuja

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