ABUJA- MEMBER, Provisional Committee of the Congress of All Progressives, APC, Senator Yusuf A. Yusuf, Central Taraba has promised that the party will win the next elections in the Edo and Ondo States, respectively.
Speaking yesterday to journalists in Abuja, he said that the Vigilantes Committee has been working to achieve reconciliation with all its members, with a view to retaining the states of Edo and Ondo in the upcoming elections.
Senator Yusuf said: “The Vigilantes Committee has been working to achieve reconciliation with all of our members and also working assiduously to see that we retain the states of Edo and Ondo in the upcoming elections.
“We have extended our hands of fellowship to all APC members and we work as a family for the progress and stability of the party. I do not know if any dissenting voice has gone to court.
“We have all agreed, as ordered by the President, that we should withdraw all of our cases from court and then proceed to full reconciliation.”
On the response that the Committee is receiving from the main stakeholders, he said: “Our team had met with Tinubu and all of you have heard what he said. As far as he is concerned, there is no division in the party. It is a democracy, there must be someone or two, who will say that we are not happy with the way they treat us or the way the party is run.
“The sensors (response) are quite encouraging. Party leaders encourage us, bringing us together as a family, and then we focus on party stability. ”
Regarding what happened in Ondo state, where the vice president was charged, Senator Yusuf said: In politics, 24 hours is a long time. Anything can happen. You know, we are in the process of reconciliation. The governor of Niger state is working on reconciliation in Ondo state.
“It is a topic that is on the table of the stakeholders in Ondo, and I am sure that things will be resolved amicably.” Why he was charged is not something I can say right now. It is democracy at work. We wait and see how it will go. But we know that such a problem should not affect the party’s chances in the upcoming elections in Ondo state. “
When asked about the challenges the committee faces, he said: “When it comes to a difficult problem at home, you will not say that you have overcome them. We are in the process of overcoming those challenges. We are in the process of talking to everyone we know is very important.
Secondly, we are not saying that the road ahead will not be as easy as we thought. It is a path that we will work very hard to overcome. All groups are working together to ensure that the party retains or regains the glory it has lost over time.
“We lost about seven states. And we will work to recover them and even add more in the spirit of unity.
APC is a ruling party. Whatever happens to the party will affect other political parties. Each part has its challenge, but the magnitude is different. The bigger the party, the bigger the challenge. But we believe that in the next month we will solve the challenges.
“It is not easy. What happened, happened. Many of them are personality clashes. And we say that we are satisfied with the growth of the party.
Within six months, Senator Yusuf said: “It is early to say whether the six month period will suffice. But we are working so hard to do the best we can within the time we are given. “
When asked if the state government was doing enough to address the Jikun-Tiv crisis, he said: “I don’t think the state governor is doing enough. I have had conversations with the Taraba state governor, Darius Dickson. What I said should be done is to call the stakeholders and seriously discuss the matter. That has not been done.
“I recently approached the President of the Senate and asked him to intervene. I asked him to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to call the governors of the state of Benue and Taraba and the senators whose senatorial districts share a limit, Senator Bwacha and Senator Suswam and one or two interested parties, to solve the problem.
“The President of the Senate has taken note of that and promised to act. Every hand is on the deck. Nobody is happy with what is happening because people are suffering. “