Before the 2019 elections set in, former Abia State governor and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Kalu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to constitute a special committee to reconcile aggrieved members of the party.
He said party misunderstandings are best handled through internal reconciliation.
Kalu asked Buhari to participate fully in the affairs of the APC in order to understand the concerns of party faithful and other stakeholders, as the president has the capacity to douse the tension in the party.
He made the statement in London Tuesday while hosting the “OUK FANS CLUB UK” at his residence.
The former governor urged Nigerians in the Diaspora to take active part in politics by contributing to national discourse through position papers, articles and opinions, stressing that Nigerians are known for their intellectual capacity.
Speaking against the backdrop of recent statements credited to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Minister of Women Affairs, Sen. Aisha Al-Hassan, Kalu called for truce in the interest of Nigeria’s growing democracy, adding that the APC was poised to take the country to enviable heights while providing succour for the masses.
He said, ” Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is a household name in national politics and as such, his grievances should be deeply looked into by the party for the sake of building a more inclusive and integrated party.
“In a democratic set up, people should be allowed to say their minds without fear and Mr. President has sustained this gesture since he assumed office, which is obvious with the level of maturity and patriotism displayed by him, despite the comments of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Sen. Aisha Al-Hassan and others.
“The President deserves commendation for upholding the tenets of democracy.
“The media, of which I am a part, should not over heat the polity with captions and stories that will polarise the APC led government.
“The federal government remains committed and focused in its resolve to make life meaningful for the people”.
Kalu emphasised that the President Muhammadu Buhari -led administration should be applauded for restoring Nigeria’s lost glory in all facets of life.
He further said, “The government has continually rolled out social investments through its N-Power initiative in a bid to scale down development to the grassroots.
“Also, worthy of commendation is the ability of the President to curb insurgency and restore peace in the North East.
“The fight against corruption, restoration of discipline in civil and public service and redemption of Nigeria’s image in the international community are verifiable achievements of Mr. President.
“To be fair, the current APC government has done well but Nigerians are yearning for more’’
Kalu, who cautioned politicians against making inflammatory statements, promised to reach out to Odigie-Oyegun for the sake of unity in the party.