Former All Progressives Congress (APC) Interim National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande has been named to lead the party’s national reconciliation committee. It will be inaugurated today.

He replaces Senate President Ahmed Lawan who was announced by the party’s leadership as chairman of a similar panel that was never inaugurated.

The Akande-led committee of 12 has a mandate to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party across the country. The committee has Senator John Enoh as secretary.

Mallam Issa-Onilu, the Party spokesman said in the statement on Monday: “President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have reviewed the membership of the party’s National Reconciliation Committee.

“The committee is empowered to address grievances of party members across the country and resolve existing conflicts, all with a view to fostering oneness, strengthen the party for better governance and ensure unity of purpose within the party.”

Other members of the panel are: Governors Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger); Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi; House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase and former Nasarawa State Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

They include: former Borno State governor Kashim Shettima; Minister of State for the Environment Mrs Sharon Ikeazor; Alhaji Nasiru Aliko Koki; senators Khairat Gwadabe-Abdulrazak and Binta Garba.

Edo State government reacted to the panel reconstitution in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie, who described it as a welcome development.

“The state government is grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for putting together a committee of persons with proven integrity and the forthrightness needed to deliver on this very sensitive national assignment,” Ogie said in the statement.

He added: “With the person of the renowned statesman and leader of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande, heading this committee, and other very worthy leaders of our party as members, we have no doubt that justice will not only be done but seen to be done in the execution of the mandate of this committee.

“We hereby restate our full commitment to peace in the APC both in our state and across the country.