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Buhari meets with aggrieved APC senators

President Muhammadu Buhari after a meeting with 22 aggrieved APC members, pledged to defect from the party over the outcome of primaries in their states. Photo: Abdullah Bello

President Muhammadu Buhari says the leadership of APC will sustain the hearing and healing process that it started to ensure fairness, justice and oneness before the 2023 general elections.

In an audience with some APC senators on the outcome of the party primaries and its implications, the President said machinery had been put in place by the National Working Committee to address the various concerns raised by aggrieved members.

He urged the APC functionaries to adhere to the truth and to be fair to all parties in any dispute,

President Buhari told the APC senators that the strength and victory of the party in the election would depend on the unity of members and the ability to prevent injustices or heal them, perceived or real.

He said as the leader of the party, one of his primary roles was to ensure that the APC culture of internal democracy and dispute resolution was strengthened by creating the opportunity for members to ventilate their opinions, views and grievances at different levels.

The President noted that despite Nigeria’s 23 years of uninterrupted democratic governance, the journey was still in a nascent stage, and called for reflection and lesson-taking from the challenges and mistakes experienced.

The President urged party members to exercise restraint and continue to demonstrate commitment to its ideals, while the leadership continues to build and develop it and the country.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation and Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, said at least 22 senators and members of the party were unhappy with the outcome of the primaries in their states, noting that they feel disenfranchised by the process, and asked for the President’s intervention.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino