Opposition commends Jonathan for proscribing Boko Haram, Ansaru.
Determined to put its house in order ahead of the coming local government election in Anambra State, a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, led by Maxi Okwu, has set up a 14-member Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Committee to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party.
This is contained in a statement signed by Francis Ede, media aide to Mr. Okwu.
Anambra State is governed by an APGA governor, Peter Obi, who has not conducted council polls in the state since he assumed office about seven years ago.
The party has been enmeshed in a protracted leadership crisis, which has resulted to the emergence of parallel national executive committees led by Mr. Okwu and Victor Umeh.
Both claimants to the leadership of the party have been in and out of the court, with the Anambra State High Court, Awka recently confirming the validity of the April 8 National Convention which produced Mr. Okwu as the national chairman.
The statement said that the reconciliation committee, which is headed by Reagan Ofomba, will hold public hearings in Abuja, Enugu and Awka with a view to reconciling the aggrieved members of the party.
“The Maxi Okwu-led Executive of APGA is strongly committed to re-positioning the party and reconciling all aggrieved members,” the statement said.
“In view of this, a 14-man Truth, Justice and reconciliation Committee has been set up led by Chief Reagan Ofomba to hold hearing in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Awka with a view to reconciling all aggrieved members ahead of the forthcoming Local Government and Governorship Elections in Anambra State.”
The statement also said that APGA remains the third force in the nation’s political equation that will determine the outcome of the 2015 general elections, adding that with the recent judgment of the Anambra State High Court, Awka confirming the validity of the April 8 National Convention, the party is once again on its unstoppable electoral march across the country as a key player in the nation’s political landscape.
The party urged Nigerians to actively participate in the electoral process as this is the only way we can build a strong, virile and just society.
It added, “We enjoin politicians to imbibe issue-based politics and eschew politics of bitterness that has impeded our frail democracy. The long suffering masses deserve the dividends of democracy not carnage.”
On security, APGA commended President Goodluck Jonathan for proscribing the Boko Haram and Ansaru sects, stating that the president’s action has vindicated the party’s earlier position that no government anywhere in the world would fight terrorism with kid gloves and succeed.
“APGA commends President Goodluck Jonathan on his bold, decisive and courageous proscription of Boko Haram and its splinter group Ansaru and declaring their activities illegal and acts of terrorism,” the statement said.
“We affirm that the President’s action which is pursuant to Section 2 of the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 (as amended) is not only timely and in tandem with efforts of the Federal Government to checkmate the horror and unmitigated calamities which these groups and their collaborators have unleashed on innocent Nigerians.
“The action of Mr. President has also vindicate our earlier position on this matter that no government anywhere in the world would fight terrorism with kid gloves and succeed; that governments all over the world given the international collaboration and dimension of terrorism should close ranks and share intelligence and strategy in the fight against this hydra headed monster that has afflicted the world.”
The party also hailed the U.S. for its intervention in the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria by declaring the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, wanted and placing a $7 million bounty on him.