Buhari, nine APC governors meet in Aso Villa over primaries


PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed doors with nine governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

After the meeting, Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha said the APC governors were looking for a way out of the party’s crises resulting from the party’s primaries.

Besides Okorocha, the others governors that met with the President included Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) and Sani Bello (Niger).

Also at the meeting are Simon Lalong (Plateau), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa).

Most of the governors have issues with the primaries held in their states.

Some of them were not happy about the NWC’s decision on the primaries in their respective states.

Some of the governors were not comfortable with the party’s decision to offer automatic tickets to some lawmakers, who remained loyal to the party when some others defected to the opposition.

The governors were, however, led out of the President’s office after about two hours’ meeting by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.

Kyari followed them to the entrance, where they entered their vehicles.

He also drove in his vehicle and followed the governors as they moved out from the administration gate.

But before the governors entered their vehicles, Okorocha spoke briefly to State House correspondents on the purpose of the meeting.

The governor said the meeting deliberated on various crises emanating from the conduct of the party’s primaries across the country.

He said the meeting also deliberated on the screening of aspirants for the 2019 general elections by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).

“We came to review the various crises characterising our primaries with a view to finding solution to them. So, we are looking for a way out in this regard.

“We are going to find solution to the problems; our party believes in justice, equity and fairness.