Oyo APC: Reconciliation Committee Submits Report, Recommends Harmonised Executive

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan 

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The Senator Olufemi Lanlehin-led Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Reconciliation Committee has submitted its report to the party’s State Executive Committee in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The committee was set up due to the need to mend fences and assuage the feelings of all party members, to engender electoral success for the Oyo State chapter of the APC.

Some of the recommendations of the committee, according to a source, include the harmonisation of the Executive Committees from the ward to the state levels to accommodate all tendencies, constant engagement of all aspirants in party assignments, beginning with their inclusion in campaign committees, to showcase their recognition and continued dialogue with all stakeholders to engender peace and harmony.

In his opening remarks, Lanlehin interrogated some of the issues which birthed the dire need for the committee, especially those which cropped up during the party’s congresses and primaries, noting that notwithstanding the heat in members’ grievances, their continued interest in the party caused them to receive his committee warmly, even to the point of offering valuable suggestions that can move the party forward.

He submitted: “Despite members’ understandable anger, one good thing I took away was their commitment to remain within the party; in fact, they’ve only asked that the party takes note of their grouse and keeps faithfully to their recommendations.”

While urging the party to conscientiously take note of the recommendations, as doing so would go a long way in helping the party succeed, Senator Lanlehin thanked the State Executive Committee for finding him and members of his committee worthy of such onerous yet lofty assignment, promising readiness to heed such calls, when beckoned again.

The State Chairman of the party, Isaac Omodewu, while responding, appreciated the committee for putting their all into the assignment, noting that party members have a lot to learn from the commitment of the committee, imploring them to note that their assignment had not ended, as it would always be an ongoing one. 

“Until we achieve electoral victory in the 2023 polls, your assignment has not ended. Even after, I’m sure you’ll still have one or two things to do, for the sake of the party,” Omodewu said.

The Oyo APC Chairman commended and praised the committee members for doing the assignment pro bono, praying that their reward would not elude them when the time comes, saying: “If we had given this assignment to a consultant, we know how many millions he would have charged us. So, we thank this committee for doing a thoroughly professional job free of charge. We cannot appreciate you enough.”

Omodewu informed the committee that he would take the recommendations to the Elders’ Advisory Council to get their buy-in, intimating of his wish to keep the committee as a body to be consulted at all times, subject to the approval of the governorship candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin, and the guidance of the party’s constitution.

Joining the State Chairman to receive the report were members of the State Executive Committee and some chieftains from the six states of the Southwest, who were in Ibadan to attend the party’s zonal meeting.



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