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Apc’s Nwc Meets With Party’s Senate Caucus, Seeks Unity And Oneness

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BEVERLY HILLS, December 07, (THEWILL) – The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on Wednesday held its inaugural meeting with the leadership of the Senate APC Caucus at the Party's National Secretariat in Abuja.

The Senate APC Caucus leadership was led to the meeting by the President of the Senate and Chairman of the National Assembly, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Speaking at the meeting, Odigie-Oyegun said the party is at a critical juncture in its existence and the meeting presents the opportunity to take a strong look at the party, to take a strong look at its control of the Senate and to draw up a new basis of cooperation between the Party and its members in the Senate.

“I want to welcome you most warmly to this first formal interaction between the NWC of the party and the leadership of the Senate. As they say, it is better late than never,” he said.

“What is important is that as at today, the party is at a critical juncture in its existence and we have the opportunity to take a strong look at the party, an opportunity to take a strong look at our control of the Senate and our leadership of the Senate, the opportunity to draw up a new basis of cooperation between the Party, its members in the Senate and of course the executive because we all belong to one Party.

“Unfortunately, it is clear, it is public knowledge now that our very first steps when we came in to office created problems and the very nature itself of the amalgamating parties, created its own issues all of which has tended up till now to affect the mode of operations and the level of interactions between the various arms of government and the Party.

“So we have a unique, God-given opportunity to take a look at ourselves, take a look at the National Assembly, take a look at the Party and take a look at the way we all interact between us and the government. It is my hope that we will at the end of it all be able to present to the Nigerian public, a government, a party and a National Assembly that are working all in the same direction.

“The economy is tough as a result, people are going through hard times and it is certainly not acceptable that the public looking up at us will not see that we are all concentrated, determined, focused on programmes, issues that will ameliorate not just the economy but the conditions of living for the ordinary Nigerian.”

Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Oyegun and Saraki acknowledged that the meeting was rewarding and the party would be better off.

“It has been a very rewarding meeting. As far as the Party is concerned, we commended the Senate and the entire National Assembly for the way they have worked so far with the Executive,” Oyegun said.

“We are determined and we concluded that we must work closely together to address some of the glitches that still exist, the relationship between the National Assembly and the executive.

“We want to assure the general public that they will see results that will lift their spirits in the next few weeks and months to follow. It means that an end is in sight. We have started the process, but there are issues to be resolved and there is no question at all that we are a family and when things have gone wrong, we accept that things have gone wrong and we are determined to right those wrongs.”

Story by Oputah David