The Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CEONCPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appointed Dr. Obinna Ebirim as a member of the party’s eight-member National Reconciliation Committee for Ondo State.
The appointment is in line with the party’s determination to resolve the festering crisis within the party in the state as announced by the National Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Dr. Obinna, a party stalwart from Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State is to replace one Mr. Jasper Azuwatalum, who had been earlier announced as a member of the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello-led Committee by the Acting Spokesperson, Yekini Nabena.
Recall that Mr. Jasper Azuwatalum, former Executive Director (ED), Finance and Investment of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), was among those suspended indefinitely by President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged financial and procurement breaches, as well as gross misconduct in the NSITF from 2016 to date.
With the inauguration of the Committee, it is expected that the members will commence reconciliatory processes among aggrieved members of the party at all levels.
Other members of the committee include Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (Chairman), Senator Adamu Aliero; Senator Opeyemi Bamidele; Gambon Magaji, CON; Hajiya Binta Muazu; Hon. Iquo Inyang and Mr. Shina Pellar who is to serve as Secretary.
Dr. Obinna is 34-year old medical practitioner, public health and health promotion specialist and vaccine advocate in Nigeria. Currently, he is the National Coordinator of a Non-Governmental Organization conducting Conditional Cash Transfer-based intervention to raise demand for routine immunization in North West Nigeria. He has previously worked on international donor-funded immunization advocacy and health system strengthening projects in various States of Nigeria and FCT.
A Fellow of Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and Former Member of Board of Governors of Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Dr Ebirim is interested in equitable vaccine access and sustainable health financing, primary health care system strengthening and leadership in Nigeria.