President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday presided over the inaugural meeting of the campaign council for his re-election.
However, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the 24 state governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were absent at the meeting which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
While the Vice President was on a visit to Ondo State, it was unclear why the governors did not attend the meeting.
Those who attended include APC chieftain and co-chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council, Bola Tinubu, as well as the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Others in attendance are the Director General of the Council, Rotimi Amaechi; his deputy, Senator Olorunnibe Mamora; Senator Ahmed Lawan, and Senator George Akume, among others.
“Even though we have only 40 days, this campaign is going to tax us all, because we intend to touch all corners of our great and vast country,” the President had told the council members on Monday.
“But I must also add that, though we will all be deeply involved, I would like to assure the nation that I will do my part without making governance or my work suffer. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, my co-chairman, will be fully in charge, and is going to be on 24-hour vigil.”
Highpoints of the campaign council meeting are captured in the pictures below;
The President, Muhammadu Buhari, has again met with governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Governors of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, Imo, Rochas Okorocha, also attended the meeting on Wednesday.
Other Governors are Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, Bauchi, Mohammed Abubakar, and Borno, Kashim Shettima.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, said the APC governors met with the President to congratulate him on his emergence as the Presidential flag bearer of the party.
According to Okorocha, the governors pledged their support to the President by ensuring that victory is achieved, come 2019 general elections.
He explained that the 2019 election campaigns will focus on the achievements of the Buhari-led administration, adding that plans have been put in place to ensure aggrieved members of the APC return and resolve their existing differences.
Some of the governors present are Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), and Yahaya Bello (Kogi).
APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, also attended the meeting.
“Three of our colleagues (governors) left our party; this is politics, it is unfortunate that they had to go but that has not in anyway reduced our party or touched us in any way,” he told State House correspondents.
“We are still strong and much more united. We have 22 states and we are hoping to get more into our party. So, we are here to make Mr President know that we are with him and that nobody his leaving the party anymore.”
The governor said they had been aware for some years that those who defected were going to leave because they were requesting for what the party could not afford to give them.
He, however, noted that despite the exit of three members of the forum, the APC remains stronger and more united.
He said while the departure of the governors was unfortunate, the party was delighted that Nigerians were aware of the truth and “there is no deceit anymore”.
Governor Okorocha noted that the solidarity visit to the President was simply to assure him that the 22 members of the forum were still resolute in their stance with the ruling party.
The governors, who were led to the State House by the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, include Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Aminu Masari (Katsina).
Others are Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Simon Lalung (Plateau), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno), and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).
Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari, as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, were also present at the meeting.
The governors met with the President following the defection of three members of the forum to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with three governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The Governors, Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar of Zamfara, Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi states were sighted entering the president’s office on Thursday.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the governors noted that their visit had nothing to do with the crisis rocking the party.
Instead, they insisted that they were at the Villa to discuss issues relating to finance as they concern the recently stalled Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting.
The FAAC meeting for the month of June had on Wednesday last in a deadlock reportedly over disagreements about the amount accrued to the federation in May and what was due to the states of the federation.
Although no reason was given for the suspension of the meeting, the Chairman of FAAC’s Forum of Finance Commissioners, Mr Mahmood Yunusa, told journalists afterwards that they (the commissioners) were going back to confer with the state governors.
The three governors, who discussed the issues that led to the deadlock with President Buhari and Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun on Thursday, said they were hopeful that the President will take decisive steps to resolve the deadlock.
Concerning the crisis in the APC, the Governor of Zamfara State who spoke on behalf of the group said they were confident that the leadership would work to resolve all issues.
The meeting comes barely 24 hours after a new faction of the APC called the Reformed-APC (R-APC), emerged in Abuja.
The faction which has Buba Galadima as its Chairman is made up of aggrieved members of the APC, mostly in the National Assembly.
Briefing journalists after their meeting at the Sheraton Hotels in Abuja on Wednesday, Galadima said the new faction was formed due to the failure of the APC.
They described APC as “severely underperforming and unable to meet its potentials for good governance.”
Hours after the group was announced in Abuja, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, said the party would react to the development as soon as they have enough details.
“We have report of a group of people who have purportedly described themselves as a faction of our party. We will be able to give our reaction as soon as we get the full details and have the opportunity to review it,” Abdullahi said in a short statement.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met with state governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja.
The President hosted the governors at the Presidential Villa in company with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Although the details of the meeting were not disclosed, it held shortly after President Buhari formally conferred a posthumous national honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) on MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
The governors were led to the Presidential Villa by the chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, of Imo State.
Others in attendance include governors Samuel Ortom (Benue), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).
Others are Ibukunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Aminu Masari (Katsina) and Abdul’Aziz Yari (Zamfara).
The highlights of the meeting are captured in the photos below;
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with All Progressives Congress (APC) governors at the State House in Abuja.
Also present at the meeting is the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
While details of the meeting are yet to be clear, it is coming shortly after the President formally made the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic.
The conferment of the honour on the late Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola comes 25 years after the election, which has been described as the freest in the country’s history.
Among those present at the ceremony were: Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka; the Vice President; a former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former Governor of Ogun State, Mr Olusegun Osoba; Human Rights Activist, Mr Femi Falana; children of the late politician among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday night met with Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) inside the Presidential Villa in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha also attended the meeting, which took place at the First Lady’s conference room in the Villa.
Governors in attendance include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalung of Plateau, Jubrila Bindow of Adamawa, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, and Abdulahi Ganduje of Kano.
Others are Kassim Shetima of Borno, Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Godwin Obaseki of Edo, and Abubakar Bagudu of Jigawa.
The meeting started around 8 pm and ended around 11 pm.