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Details Of Buhari’s Meeting With APC Governors Emerges




Details Of Buhari's Meeting With APC Governors Emerge

The details of the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and  Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have emerged.

Naija News earlier reported that the President met with the governors at the Presidential Villa ahead of the APC’s national convention slated for Saturday, March 26.

The governors were led to the meeting by the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the party and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, said the preparation for the convention is in top gear.

He said the governors would support any chairmanship candidate President Buhari supports at the much-anticipated event.

Bagudu added that the governors would support any process that would lead to a consensus in choosing the party officials.

He said: “We briefed Mr President on what the governors have been doing in preparation for the March 26, National Convention.

“Some of you may recall that last week there was a letter that was widely circulated in the media, addressed to me as the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and copied to a number of others, including the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, the acting Chairman of the Caretaker Committee and indeed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

“That letter led to a series of actions, including meetings between the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Acting Chairman, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State, as he was then, and myself.

“We all restated our commitment to working together to ensure that the convention takes place on March 26, 2022, and then we agreed to support all the decisions that were taken by the Caretaker Committee, both acting as a working committee and acting with the donated powers given to it by the National Executive Committee.

“Indeed, the Chairman of the Caretaker, upon his return, also appreciated what the Caretaker Committee did and the decisions that were taken in his absence.

“Today (yesterday) we all briefed Mr. President on that, including on the issue of distributing political party offices to the respective zones and our support for Mr. President’s endorsement of the candidate for the National Chairman of the party.

“The various geo-political zones took turns to brief Mr. President on what they have been doing to generate consensus in their respective zones.

“Most of the zones have been allocated National Working Committee positions that are fewer than the number of states, but there are zonal executive committees from which the zones are working to produce a consensus list.

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“So, this afternoon, the respective zones briefed the President: Governor Abubakar Bello (Niger) on behalf of the Northcentral; Governor Babagana Zulum, on behalf of the Northeast; Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State on behalf of Northwest; Governor Dave Umahi, on behalf of Southeast, Governor Kayode Fayemi on behalf of the Southwest and I (Bagudu) on behalf of Southsouth.