Ahead of the 2019 general election, Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and some Governors of the party have called for reconciliation and inclusiveness among members of the party, particularly aspirants and candidates to ensure victory for the party at the polls.
This was agreed upon on Thursday during a meeting between the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Governors, and Governorship candidates of the party, State Chairmen, Secretaries and stakeholders at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja where a vote of confidence was passed on the NWC.
Oshiomhole in his remarks, reminded his guests 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 organisation that accommodates varying interests.
He instructed the candidates to particularly include their co – contestants 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, everyone 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 assist in resolving some of the issues.
“It was resolved that Party leaders must campaign for all candidates of the party in the Presidential, governorship and legislative positions. A situation where leaders engage in selective support by picking and choosing candidates to campaign for and support was declared anti-party.
“Governorship candidates were cautioned to run an issue-based campaign on the unprecedented achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration which is evident in all the states of the federation and also to run an inclusive campaign by bringing onboard former aspirants.
“And for the state chairmen, they have a huge role to play. There are statutory responsibilities 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”, he added.
Governor Mohammed Bello of Niger State in his contribution suggested that to douse 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, which will reduce a lot of pressure. We are now APC, we are all on the same platform and we should work together.
“I believe it is never too late once they campaign in full force. The signs are clear even though we cannot 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 mobilise 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.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State chairman, Ben Nwoye, during the meeting, distanced the state chapter from the condemnable actions and utterances of a Senatorial aspirant in the state, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, which he described as “unpalatable” for the party.
Tom Okpe, Abuja