Buhari Meets With Seven APC Governors

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with seven governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Council Chamber in Abuja.

The Governors are Kebbi State Atiku Bagudu, Nasarawa State Abdullahi Sule, Kogi State Yahaya Bello, Plateau State Simon Lalong, Imo State Hope Uzodimma, Jigawa State Mohammed Badaru and Kaduna State Nasiru El-Rufai.

Although the purpose of the meeting is yet unknown, it comes a week after the presidential primary of the party.

President Buhari after the emergence of Bola Tinubu as its presidential flagbearer in the 2023 elections, asked all members of the party to unite and support him.

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He said, “Having emerged victorious he has our full and unwavering support.

“Now our party must unite behind our candidate to achieve victory at the 2023 elections so that our government will continue to secure our communities, grow our economy and continue the fight against corruption.

“During the Primaries, there were factions and disagreements amongst the contestants and now that the process has ended we must build a united front in our party.

“In this way, the APC will remain the party that can best deliver on the priorities of the Nigerian people. Now it is time to put the process behind us, the President’s spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement.

The President noted that the movement which was created in 2013 is beyond individuals.

“Together, we made history by becoming the first party in our country’s history to unseat a party in power and propel our candidate into the Presidency through a peaceful democratic transfer of power”, he added.

 

Buhari, APC Governors’ Meeting In Pictures

President Muhammadu Buhari stands with some governors for a group photograph at the State House in Abuja on May 31, 2022.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari met with governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting focused on giving guidance on who should emerge as the APC flagbearer ahead of the ruling party’s national convention to produce its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, also attended the meeting.

Some of the highlights of the meeting are captured in the pictures below:

Buhari, APC Governors Meet Ahead Of Party’s Presidential Primary

This picture released by the Presidency shows President Muhammadu Buhari, APC governors, and others posing for a group photograph at the State House in Abuja on May 31, 2022.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the ruling party’s national convention to produce its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections.

The meeting which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja had all members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum represented.

Issues discussed focused on giving guidance on who should emerge as the flagbearer of the APC amid the screening of the party’s presidential aspirants by the committee led by a former Edo State governor and former APC national chairman, John Oyegun.

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President Muhammadu Buhari presides over a meeting with APC governors at the State House in Abuja on May 31, 2022.

 

The APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, were also present at the meeting.

At the end of the discussion which lasted about 30 minutes behind closed doors, the APC governors declined to brief State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting.

Prior to the meeting, governors elected on the APC platform had expressed a desire to go along with the choice of the President on the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate.

President Muhammadu Buhari stands with some governors for a group photograph at the State House in Abuja on May 31, 2022.

 

Channels Television had reported that 28 aspirants picked the APC presidential nomination and expression of interest forms sold at N100 million.

While the presidential hopefuls paid for the forms themselves in some cases, various interest groups purchased the nomination tickets for their preferred aspirants – a move that was rejected by some of the beneficiaries.

These beneficiaries were former President Goodluck Jonathan and the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina.

Similarly, the APC has also dropped the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, from aspirants to be screened by its panel.

As a result, the committee screened 12 presidential aspirants as parts of activities lined up for the party’s primary scheduled to take place between June 6 and 8.

The remaining 11 aspirants are expected to undergo the same process on Tuesday at the screening exercise held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja.

APC Governors Keep Mum On Postponed Convention, To Meet Buhari On Tuesday

A file photo of Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Atiku Bagudu.

 

Governors of the All Progressives Congress on Monday declined to comment on the postponed national convention of the party.

Speaking after a meeting held in Abuja, Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Atiku Bagudu, said the Governors will only comment after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

“Until we finish the meeting with Mr. President, we will rather not comment on any timetable or logistics,” Mr. Bagudu, who is also the Governor of Kebbi State, said.

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Other issues discussed by the forum, according to Mr. Bagudu, include the just concluded FCT Council elections, the Osun primaries, among others.

The Governors, who attended the meeting at the Kebbi State Governor’s lodge include the Chairman of the Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, Professor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Bello of Niger State, Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

Others are Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe State, and the Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke.

APC Governors Meet, Insist On Holding Planned Convention In February

 

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday met behind closed doors at the Kebbi Governors Lodge in Abuja.

The governors deliberated on the contentious national convention of the party and also insisted on holding the planned February convention of the APC.

A file photo of the APC flag.

 

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, stated this at the end of the closed-door meeting on Sunday night.

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He noted that the announcement of the convention date will be made known by the caretaker committee of the party.

“We discussed our upcoming convention which you may recall I had cause to address the press after we visited President Buhari in November 2021 where the president and the party agreed that the convention would take place in February,” the governor added.

“We are one group of stakeholders in the party and our party respects institutions. The appropriate organ of the party that will announce a date for the national convention is the CECPC.”

Governor Bagudu also disclosed that the governors passed a vote of confidence on the caretaker committee of the party, led by the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

“We spoke about our unanimous appreciation of Mr President and especially the confidence he has on the forum and we also passed a vote of confidence on the national caretaker and extra-ordinary convention planning committee of the party chaired by Governor Mai Mala Buni including two governors   – Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State,” Governor Bagudu told reporters after the meeting.

APC Governors To Meet With Buhari Over February Convention

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to meet with President Muhamadu Buhari on Sunday to decide on a date for the February convention.

Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong, disclosed this to State House correspondents after a meeting with the President in his office on Friday.

According to him, President Buhari has given an assurance that nothing would stop the APC from conducting the convention in February, hence the resolve by all the governors to meet and harmonise all interests on Sunday.

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Lalong equally noted that recent remarks by the President, asking the APC to put its house in order, also informed his visit to the President, as he considered it a warning signal for members to sit up, so that the party can conduct a seamless convention and not disintegrate.

On the security situation in the country, Governor Lalong affirmed that the cases of kidnapping across the country have intensified.

Consequently, he noted that he is eager to see the procured A29 Super Tucanoes Aircraft deployed in full and engaging in massive action, before the second half of the year.

APC Governors Visit Zamfara, Donate N50m To Market Fire Victims

L-R: Governors Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Mai-Mala Buni (Yobe), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) at the Government House in Gusau on April 5, 2021.

 

Some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have visited Zamfara to condole with the government and its people over the fire outbreak at the Tudun Wada Central Market in the state.

The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum and Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, led two of his colleagues – APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni, as well as Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State to sympathise with Governor Bello Matawalle on Monday at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

Governor Bagudu told their host that they were scheduled to have visited Zamfara, which has the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the ruling party, before now.

He lamented that the sad incident that happened at Tudun-Wada Market affected the livelihood of the victims and business activities in the state.

L-R: Governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Mai-Mala Buni (Yobe), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) at the Government House in Gusau on April 5, 2021.

 

According to the governor, this informed the decision of the APC governors to show their concern and sympathy to the victims.

He commended and acknowledged the efforts of Governor Matawalle in ensuring the return of peace in the state, and announced that the APC governors have agreed to donate N50 million to the victims of the inferno.

In his response, Governor Matawalle commended the governors for travelling by road to express their brotherliness and love, despite their political differences.

He particularly appreciated the gesture which he noted his colleagues from the PDP have not done, saying it would be reciprocated.

The governor assured his guests that Zamfara would continue to open its doors to the APC, not minding the reactions their visit could attract.

APC Governors’ Visit To Jonathan Is An Endorsement Of Our Party – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to a visit by governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan describing it as an endorsement of the PDP.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan.

He added that the visit by the governors has further affirmed that Nigeria, as a nation, is better under the governance of the PDP.

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“The visit, which is a clear endorsement of the acceptability of the PDP administration, also indicates that the APC, in 2015, only created artificial symbols of misgovernance, corruption, and other alleged misgivings just to discredit our party and grab the levers of power to achieve their selfish desires.

“It is evident that the Jonathan administration succeeded in office basically because our party understands the nuances of our nation, which we translated into people-oriented policies and programmes, in line with the manifesto of our party, to make life comfortable for Nigerians.

“This visit to Jonathan by the APC governors is a direct acceptance of the successes recorded by our party in building a strong nation with a virile economy that was rated as one of the fastest-growing economies of the world,” the statement read in part.

PDP said further that it receives the visit by APC governors as an apology by the APC to “our party and Nigerians over the lies, beguilements and other irresponsible allegations deployed by the APC to grab power, only to lead our nation on a journey to nowhere.”

Governors of the APC on Friday evening held a private meeting with ex-President Jonathan in Abuja.

The governors were led to Jonathan’s residence in Abuja by Yobe State Governor and Acting National Chairman of the APC, Mai Mala Buni.

Others at the meeting include Ebonyi State governor, David Umahi, who recently defected to the APC from the PDP; Kebbi State governor and chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum; Atiku Bagudu, and Jigawa State governor, Abubakar Badaru.

APC Governors To Meet With President Buhari Over Fuel Hike, Electricity Tariffs

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The All progressives Governors Forum are set to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to plead with him over the increase in fuel price as well as electricity tariff.

The Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Dutse, the state Capital.

Fielding questions from our reporters, the governor said he would not say anything with regards to the increase until the outcome of the meeting.


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“We have concluded plans to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss on the possible review of the price of fuel and that of electricity. But I’ll reserve my comments to the outcome of the meeting,” Governor Abubakar said.

The Federal Government has increased the pump price of petrol to N151.56 although most filling stations are currently selling at N160 and above.

This has caused uproar in Jigawa and other parts of the country.

Earlier in the day, students and civil society groups embarked on a peaceful protest in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The students under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS), condemned the recent increases, stating that it is not in the best interest of Nigerians.

Armed with placards carrying various inscriptions expressing their frustration at the increment, the protesters urged the Federal Government to revert the policies in the best interest of the country.

The protesters marched through Bodija and environs and ended the procession at the Federal Secretariat, where they addressed the press on the reason behind their agitation.

“We say no to fuel hike, we say no to increment in electricity tariff and other increments that affect Nigerian students and the masses.

“We have over 200 polytechnic campuses in Nigeria that are at home and angry that schools are closed,” a representative of polytechnic students, Olalere Opatunji, told Channels Television.

Buhari, APC Governors Meet Over Party Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari with some members of the Progressives Governor Forum in Abuja on June 22, 2020.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting held behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The governors were led to the villa by the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Katina State Governor, Atiku Bagudu.

Others at the meeting included Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governor Bagudu revealed that they presented the position of the Forum on the crisis rocking the APC to the President.

He, however, refused to disclose the details of the position taken by the governors on the internal crisis in the party.

Governor Bagudu acknowledged that conflict was normal in a political party, stressing that the dissenting voices were proof of the democratic nature of the APC.

According to him, President Buhari is committed to resolving the crisis in the party and will be carrying all dissenting voices along in the push towards lasting peace.

The governor noted that the President was determined to ensure all party issues were resolved soon, adding that he had taken the necessary steps.

The governors visited the Villa barely 24 hours after President Buhari met with Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

See photos of the President’s meeting with the governors below:

APC Governors Meet With Tinubu Over Edo Political Crisis

Atiku Bagudu                                                Godwin Obaseki                                           Bola Tinubu

 

 

Some governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have met with the party’s National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu.

This comes as part of efforts to douse the crisis in the Edo State chapter of the party ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The APC in Edo had been split since the disagreement arising from the absence of some lawmakers at the inauguration of the State House of Assembly, with a group loyal to the APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, and the other led by the incumbent governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki.

In a bid to resolve the dispute between the two groups, the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State), led Governor Obaseki and six other governors to seek Tinubu’s intervention in the matter.

The governors who attended the meeting which held on Sunday in Lagos included Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and Adeboyega Oyetola (Osun).


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Channels Television gathered that as part of the steps towards resolving the dispute, the governors proposed that the APC lawmakers in Edo State who were not inaugurated alongside their colleagues be sworn in.

Meanwhile, another crisis may be brewing in the party following the disagreement over the mode of primary to be conducted to choose the party’s flagbearer for the governorship election.

While the National Working Committee of the party had approved the direct primary process, the camp loyal to the governor preferred the indirect primary.

The position of the latter was supported by the Chairmen of all the local government areas in Edo State.

Community Policing: Operations Must Be Within The Law – APC Governors

Simon Lalong during the

 

As part of efforts to secure the nation, the All Progressive Congress (APC) Governors Forum on Friday said they are committed to community policing as long as the operation is within the ambit of the law.

The co-chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said the forum is not opposed to the South West Security Network known as Amotekun.

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He, however, insisted that all community policing efforts must be executed within the ambit of the Nigerian constitution.

“We don’t want a situation when you will start doing something and the Federal Government will say it is outside the law. Just like in the case of Amotekun.

“We are all agreed on the issue of community policing,” he said.

Lalong also urged Nigerians to unite in the fight against terrorism in order to fight insurgents who are trying to cause serious disaffection between Christian and Muslim faithful.