APC patriots express confidence on Tinubu reconciliation committee

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Abuja - National leader of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and a chieftain of the party, Bisi Akande, are now at the Presidential Villa to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Tinubu committee is one of the steps taken by President Muhammadu Buhari to check the feuding crisis in the ruling party that has even kept the national leader away from the secretariat for years.

He noted that since the party's last convention, where the members worked so hard to ensure victory, a lot of things may not have gone well with the party due the enormous challenges the party faced, which may have brought some level of disaffection amongst its members stressing that party must reconcile its aggrieved members.

In a statement on Wednesday, Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of the PDP, said Buhari should step aside because of his "inability" to connect with the social and economic realities of the country.

Also speaking to reporters shortly after the meeting, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, explained that the interaction was created to strategise on how to go about the assignment given to Asiwaju by the President. "I believe that our party is the hope of Nigeria to improve quality of lives and we will do that".

The visit may not be unconnected with the recent appointment of Tinubu to lead consultation, reconciliation and peace building efforts within the party.

He said he was prepared to listen to various views on the challenges the party has.

Meanwhile, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the advice by APC national leader, Tinubu, that Nigeria's ex-Presidents should quit politics and join the retirees' club should be heeded by President Buhari in the interest of the nation.

"There is no question at all that we have major issues with the National Assembly, major issues in Kano, Kogi, Benue states which the current challenge that we are facing". Since we won the election, the expectation was very high and the goodwill was extremely high. I am here to consult since you are already aware of the directive and announcement by the President who is the leader of our party and the President of this country.

Abdullahi said, "It was an exploratory meeting to strategise on how to move forward". We are all happy to work together and we are happy that the assignment was given to Asiwaju as our leader and we are willing and ready to cooperate with him.

Speaking on who will work with Mr. Tinubu in his assignment, Mr Abdullahi said: "He has been given the assignment and he will determine how to run it and we have made a decision to work with him".

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