By Jude Opara, Abuja
The All progressives Congress (APC) says it is well positioned to win the two Bayelsa Senatorial bye- elections slated to take place on October 31.
Governor of Gombe State and Chairman of the Reconciliation Committee for Bayelsa Central and West Senatorial Districts, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa Yahaya said this on Tuesday during the inauguration of his committee at the National Secretariat of the party by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.
He also said that the party haD learnt its lessons from the defeat it suffered in the Edo State governorship election, even as he insisted that Ondo will be a different case because unlike Edo where the party shot itself by discarding their sitting governor, all the stakeholders in Ondo were working closely with their candidate, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
When reminded that the task might be an uphill task given the fact that one of the candidates in the election is the immediate past governor of Bayelsa state, Siriake Dickson, Inuwa said that will play no significant role because it is the people of the affected senatorial districts that will vote to determine who will be their senators.
Earlier in his address, the National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni regretted what he termed the ugly and unfortunate incidences that bedeviled the ruling party which also threatened its existence and resulted in the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole led National Working Committee (NWC).
He nonetheless assured that under his watch as the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Committee, the committee has since inauguration engaged in genuine reconciliation to rebuild people’s confidence, trust and hope in the ruling party.
Buni also listed some of the successes recorded by his committee in its quest to reconcile some aggrieved members of the party from across the country.
“Let me say with all sense of appreciation and fulfilment that the committee had in the last three months reconciled life threatening challenges for the party in 11 states across the country. Today, we proudly parade political heavy weights like the former Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Former PDP National chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade, several members of the national assembly, Chief Jimoh Ibrahim, former Head of service of the federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi, Sen. Isa Hamma Misau, Alhaji Salisu Takai and several others while, many others have also indicated interests to join the party”.
He also tasked the Governor Inuwa Committee to ensure they emulate his Caretaker Committee to enthrone genuine reconciliation and peace to every party member in Bayelsa state, adding that a sense of belonging to every party member will help the party to rebound in the state.
“You should therefore be just, fair, transparent and objective in executing your assignment. We should always place party interests over and above personal interests and carry everyone on board for us to succeed. Your committee is mandated to mobilize, strategize and deliver Bayelsa Central and West Senatorial districts to the party. Our success in this election is very crucial and strategic because of the need to have more supporting hands in the national assembly for improved collaboration and synergy with the President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR administration to successfully execute its policies and programmes to improve the lives of Nigerians.”
Other members of the committee are; Senator Ovie Omo-Agege – Vice Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Sahabi – Member, Senator Ali Ndume – Member, Senator Uba Sani – Member, Ambassador Fatima Goni – Member, Senator Chris Adegije – Member, Alh Yusuf O. Ocholi – Member, Chief Enyi o. Enyi – Member, Pearl Ekebong Inwang – Member and Bar. Ekemini Cletus Udoh – Secretary.