A former gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Rivers State and Director General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside has expressed confidence that ongoing moves at reconciliation within the party nationwide would bear fruitful results.
Dakuku affirmed in a statement that a body headed by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan which is charged with reconciling warring groups within the party would restore harmony.
“The national secretariat of our great party has set up a reconciliation committee headed by the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan”, Peterside explained.
“We can only defer to this committee and approach them with our differences,” he emphasised.
The Director General urged his colleagues in the party to remain calm, saying there was a need for them to keep hope alive despite daunting challenges.
He acknowledged that the non-participation of the APC in the 2019 Rivers gubernatorial election, including recent court cases, appears to have created another wave of legal tussles.
Stressing that it is the inalienable right of every Nigerian to access the courts, Peterside said that there are mechanisms within the party for the resolution of internal conflicts.
But he noted that internal conflict resolution mechanisms within the party’s structure should have been activated and exhausted before seeking help from the judiciary.
“The resort to court at every little disagreement” Peterside observed, “does little to help the party. It is for this reason that the party has structure to resolve differences and bring about amicable settlement.
“There is no perfect party anywhere in the world. Members have reasons to disagree and reflect different tendencies but the party has a mechanism to resolve such seeming intractable dissents. They do not resort to the courts at the snap of a finger.
He said that the leader of the party, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi contrary to insinuations is open and ready to bring everybody under one roof.
Peterside however pointed out that the leadership was under obligation to await directives from the national secretariat.
“I can tell you that our leader, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi bears no grudge against anybody. Politics is about being able to bring different tendencies together to achieve a common purpose.
“He has been in touch with party leaders and I can assure you that the reconciliation committee headed by the Senate President will do a thorough job in their assignment,” Peterside added.
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