Dogara Leads APC Reps Caucus To Inaugural Meeting With Party’s NWC
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the Party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun on Tuesday held its inaugural meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives APC Caucus at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
This was a follow up to the earlier meeting the Party’s NWC held with the leadership of the APC Senate Caucus on Wednesday 7th December, 2016.
NWC members in attendance were the Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Lawal Shuaibu; Deputy National Chairman (South), Engr. Segun Oni; National Secretary, Hon. Mai Mala Buni; National Vice Chairman (North-Central), Hon. Zakari Idde; National Vice Chairman (South South), Prince Hilliard Eta; National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi; National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso; National Women Leader, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu and National Youth Leader, Hon. Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo.
The House of Representatives APC Caucus leadership was led to the meeting by the House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara. Other attendees were: House Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lassun; House Majority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and House Majority Whip, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa.
Remarks by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the meeting
“Last week, we had a similar meeting with the leaders of the Senate and this week, we are talking with the Speaker and his team. The purpose is clear. We are kick-starting a series of targeted discussion which we should have had much earlier. We know why these discussions did not take place. And in the more recent past, we have had a rash of bye-elections, very serious bye-elections which fortunately is coming to an end as soon as we can resolve the balance of the undeclared seats in the Rivers rerun.
“The purpose is clear and straight forward and that is to put all these things behind us and now seat down to introspect, look at the Party, look at the National Assembly, look at the government. We are going to two years in government. If is high time that we sat down, ask ourselves questions, ponder whether we are moving in the right direction, discuss serious issues and if necessary, make any corrections that ofcourse maybe considered expedient.”
Remarks by Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara at the meeting
“Let me thank you the National Chairman of our great Party and other members of the National Working Committee for deciding that it is time for us to talk and holding this targeted discussions with leaders of the National Assembly. For us, we felt that it should have come much earlier, but we are aware of the situation we found ourselves. But as they say, it is better late than never. For us, we believe that even though we are kick-starting today, with the coming of great minds, we are bound to improve the lot of this Party. It takes meetings like this to chart a formidable way forward. For us in APC, we cannot assume that progress is automatic, but it is inevitable. If we fold our hands, nothing will happen. It is only by meetings like this that we will be able to put things in their perspective. We should be see what we have done wrong, what we can do to maintain the competitive political environment we have found ourselves.
House Speaker’s remarks after the meeting
“This is a family meeting. The National Chairman and members of the National Working Committee are meeting with the APC leadership in the House of Representatives for the first time. Essentially, it is a stock taking meeting. We came to look at where we were and where we are now and where we are going to as a party. Very frank exchanges took place during this first impactful and engaging meeting with stakeholders of the Party and we discussed quite a lot of issues including the relationship between the leadership and the executive, the relationship of the leadership of the National Assembly with the executive all in a bid to fashion out ways by which we can face the future. We are all united as a family in the APC. We also looked at the challenges facing the Party and we were able to fashion out ways by which we can address those challenges.
“If you don’t expect mistakes you will be dealing with a situation, you will have a situation where ghosts will be taking charge. As long as it is human institution where human beings are involved, no human being is perfect. In a situation where you don’t have perfection, certainly there will be mistakes. There are plenty mistakes and we will not run away from them. If we think that we should have a Party that will not have challenges or problems or crisis, you are just deceiving yourself. You can’t put the Party on autopilot as it were and expect that it will run on its own. There are family issues which you cannot bring to public glare. But as sons of the Party, we have been able to look at those areas and I can assure you that we have trashed them.”