The reconciliation committee for the aggrieved governorship Aspirants in the last primary election for the 2023 election of the All progress Congress (APC) in the seven States of the North west sat on Tuesday in Kaduna.
But the party’s governorship aspirants in Kaduna State, Alhaji Sani Sha’aban and Bashir Abubakar were absent at the meeting.
The meeting was called by the National Vice Chairman, North West Zone of the party, Salihu Lukman who is the head of the Committee.
The State Governor, Nasir El-rufai, his deputy Hadiza Balarabe and other party leaders and top government officials were in attendance.
According to Lukman, Kaduna State was the 6th State in zone that the Committee had visited, adding the next and last State to visit was Katsina State.
He advised that aggrieved members of the party in the zone should ensure they reconcile to avoid Zamfara State experience in 2019 where intra-party crisis made the opposition party, PDP to win the election.
Alhaji Sani Sha’aban, a former House of Representative Member who aspired to be the state governor for the 2023 election rejected the consensus candidate of the party, Senator Uba Sani soon after the primary election.
Sha’aban had petitioned the national headquarters as well as instituted a legal case against the emergence of the consesus candidate for the next year election.
Similarly, Former Assistant comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Abubakar was also absent at the reconciliation meeting.
Our Correspondent also noted that the party’s flagbearer Senator Uba Sani was also absent at the meeting.
Reacting on the issue while fielding questions from Reporters, the National Vice Chairman of North West zone, Salihu Lukman said those absent got the notice of the meeting very late.
According to him, they informed the party that they were busy and could not make it to the meeting.
Lukman said another meeting with them will be organised to resolve their grievances and to ensure they play their role towards ensuring the party’s victory.
” Yes, understandly so because the notice was short during the week, and some of them told us they are having other businesses because some of them are serving members at different levels. But they are aware of what is happening and we will continue to discuss with them and ensure they play their role,” he said.
Earlier, while addressing the party members at Umar Yar’Adua Indoor Sports hall, Lukman said the party will make sure they reunite the aggrieved members before the general election to avoid the Zamfara state experienced in 2019.
According to him, a reconciliation committee has been set up to go round the state to ensure that reconciliation is done across the state with members.
He called on the aggrieved members to support the party leadership towards addressing their differences in order to move the party to victory in next year elections.