Akande replaces Lawan as APC reconstitutes peace panel

The All Progressives Congress has dropped  Senate President Ahmed Lawan from its National Reconciliation Committee.

The former (Interim) National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, is to head the reconstituted 12-man committee, which will be inaugurated today.

Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki’s loyalists had objected to the committee to mediate in the political crisis resulting from non-inauguration of 14  House of Assembly members-elect loyal to his immediate predecessor and the National Chairman of the APC  Adams Oshiomhole.

According to them, the panel consisted of people with vested interests in the crisis.

Members of the  Bisi Akande committee are governors Abubakar Bello (Niger) and  Gboyega Oyetola (Osun).

Others are  Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase; ex-Nasarawa State governor,  Umaru Al-Makura; Senator Kashim Shettima;  and the  Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.

The rest are  Alhaji Nasiru Koki, Senator Khairat Gwadabe-Abdulrazak, Senator Binta Garba and Senator John Enoh (Secretary).

A statement by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the panel was reconstituted after a review by the President,  Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the leadership of the APC.

He said, “The committee 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.”

The 10-man  committee headed by Lawan was set up in November.

Akande was Vice-Chairman.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Government applauded the new panel.

In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, said the state government  was  “grateful to Buhari for putting together a committee of persons with proven integrity and the forthrightness needed to deliver on this very sensitive national assignment.”

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