. Panel blames COVID-19 for delayed sittings
Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress have submitted no fewer than 170 petitions to the ruling party’s National Reconciliation Committee.
Committee’s Secretary, Senator John Enoh, who disclosed this, however, said the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent ban on interstate movements forced the panel to suspend its activities.
The Chief Bisi Akande-led APC National Reconciliation Committee was set up in February following the failure of previous panels to resolve the party’s crises across the country.
Oshiomhole had in December set up a committee led by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, to resolve the crises.
But Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, rejected the composition of the committee, saying it would not be fair to him.
The party is currently battling crises at the national level and state chapters such as Edo, Zamfara, Bayelsa, Rivers and Ondo.
Secretary to the APC peace panel, Senator John Enoh, said because of the nature of its assignment, the committee had not been able to make use of the Internet to conduct its meetings with aggrieved members.
Answering a question on whether the committee had taken advantage of the Internet, Enoh said, “We tried that but it has not worked. As soon as it does, we will start. Our chairman (Chief Bisi Akande) is locked down in Osun State. We are just hoping now that flights will resume. If it is not certain that they will, we will have to see how to move around it and start.”
On the additional petitions received since the last time the panel met, he said, “Additional memos keep tickling in but not as many. We have about 170 memos from party members. We have our job cut out for us.”
A few months ago, the panel said 150 petitions had been submitted to it.