Buhari Meets With Three APC Governors Over FAAC Deadlock

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File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

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.


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Meanwhile, the APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole has promised to sustain the trust of members and leaders of the party after the APC elective national convention.

He made the pledge while receiving the report of the appeal committee set up by the party to review complaints and petitions arising from the convention.

President Buhari Hosts APC Governors

PHOTOS: President Buhari Hosts APC Governors
President Muhammadu Buhari with Mr Aminu Masari (2nd left) and other APC governors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on June 12, 2018.

 

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 Buhari Meets With APC Governors

this File photo shows President Muhammadu Buhari in meeting with APC governors in April.

 

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.

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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.

Buhari, Osinbajo Meet With APC Governors Behind Closed Doors

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks with Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State (L), Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State (C) and other APC governors during the meeting

 

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.

 

L-R: Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State during the meeting

Buhari Asks APC Governors For More Time To Decide On Re-Election

President Buhari and some APC governors (File)

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked state governors of the All Progressives Congress to give him more time to decide whether he will seek re-election in 2019.

The President made the request during a meeting with the governors in the Presidential Villa on Thursday night.

During the meeting, the governors had called on the President to go for a second term, but he opted to carry out more consultations before deciding.

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha told State House correspondents after the meeting which was held behind closed doors that the governors all praised the President for his efforts and achievements so far.

For them, a second term will allow the President who swept to power promising to fight corruption, tackle insecurity and boost the nation’s economy.

The President’s meeting with the governors took place hours after he presided over the National Council of State meeting which had in attendance former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Chief Justices of the Federation, the 36 state governors and the leadership of the National Assembly.

Thursday’s meeting comes six days after the governors visited the President in his hometown Daura, Katsina State.

Although the President has yet to declare his intention concerning the 2019 elections, he recently appointed former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved members of the APC.

Several members of the party have hailed the move, saying it would help the party prepare for the general elections.

During the visit to Daura, Governor Okorocha told journalists that Tinubu’s appointment was a welcome development.

He, however, said the purpose of that visit was to commiserate with the President over the loss of two of his family members.

APC Governors Visit Buhari, Praise Appointment Of Tinubu For Reconciliation

APC Governors Visit Buhari, Praise Appointment Of Tinubu For Reconciliation
President Buhari meets with some APC governors at his hometown in Daura

 

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have commended the appointment of former Governor Bola Tinubu, to lead the reconciliation process of aggrieved members of the party.

Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), revealed the position of the forum to reporters on Friday in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State.

He said, “One of the greatest things that he (Buhari) has done, that we commend him for, is the appointment of Asiwaju (Tinubu) as the chief reconciliator for the party.

“We saw that as a welcome development that would help to strengthen our party and make us stronger and better.”

APC Governors’ Visit To Buhari In Pictures

President Buhari had on Tuesday last week appointed Mr Tinubu to resolve disagreements among APC members, party leadership and political office holders in the country.

File photo: President Buhari exchanges pleasantries with former governor Tinubu

 

Okorocha, who led some APC governors on a condolence visit to the President, also congratulated the Nigerian leader on the recovery of his son, Yusuf, after a bike accident in 2017.

Meanwhile, President Buhari held a closed-door meeting with the governor today, coming just one year to the February 16, 2019, date announced by INEC for the presidential election.

The Imo State Governor, however, insisted that: “What we have come for now is to commiserate with him over the loss of his two relatives.”

“I was able to bring in all the governors of APC to come together and we have decided to come to see him in a more relaxed atmosphere, to pay our condolences and congratulate him on what happened with Yusuf,” he added.

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Also addressing reporters, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State also said they have come specifically to condole and commiserate with the President over the demise of “people that are very close to him”.

He added that the visit was for them express their sympathy and condolences to President Buhari, after which they had some intimate discussions to further bound their relationship and affinity.

“I believe this is a continuation of our close association, support, loyalty and commitment to Mr President’s cause and Nigeria’s cause,” the governor said.

On Tinubu’s appointment, Al-Makura described the decision as a “very wonderful initiative” by the President.

He said: “There couldn’t have been a better person to be put in charge of this very delicate and sensitive national issue that affects our party.

“I believe with his (Tinubu) pedigree and track records, and his sophistication to politics in Nigeria, he will be able to take us through.”

See photos of the meeting below:

APC Governors’ Visit To Buhari In Pictures

APC Governors' Visit To Buhari In Pictures
President Buhari laughs with governors of (L-R) Kogi, Niger and Borno states

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday received some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in his hometown, Daura in Katsina State.

Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, led the governors on the visit, coming exactly one year to the presidential election.

Okorocha told journalists that the governors were in Daura to commiserate with President Buhari over the loss of two members of his extended family.

Some of those in attendance include the governors of Kogi (Yahaya Bello), Niger (Abubakar Bello), Borno (Kashim Shettima) and Nasarawa (Tanko Al-Makura).

Others are Abdul’Aziz Yari (Zamfara), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Abdullahi Ganduju (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), and Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) among others.

See photos of the meeting below:

Seven APC Governors Ask Buhari To Seek Re-Election

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, briefs journalists after the governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari

 

Seven governors from the All Progressives Congress have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election and get more time “to keep running the country in the right direction”.

Governors Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Abubakar Bello of Niger State, Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa State and Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State declared their support for the President when they visited him in Abuja on Friday.

El-Rufai told journalists that their decision was influenced by their interest in continuity and policy stability.

“We are politicians and those of us that you see here want the President to contest for a second term of office. So, everything is about 2019; there is no hiding that. We have no apologies for that,” he said after they – with the exception of Lalong – attended the Jumaat service with President Buhari.

“We believe in the President, we want him to keep running the country in the right direction. So, people can speculate about 2019; we have no apologies.”

El-Rufai who said everyone is entitled to his opinion, added, “Most of us here, except the Governor of Yobe, are first-time governors. We are interested in continuity and policy stability, and we want the President to continue.”

The governors were also excited to find the President in good health after the health challenges he faced in 2017.

“We just happened to be here for prayers and we went to pay our respects to the President and feel gratified that anytime we see him, he is getting better and better,” the Kaduna State governor added.

Meanwhile, the governor once again defended the decision of his administration to fire more than 21,000 teachers in Kaduna State for failing a controversial competency test.

The controversial decision has attracted heavy criticism and the Nigerian Union of Teachers in the state along with the Nigeria Labour Congress held a protest in the state on Thursday to condemn the move.

But the governor is adamant that the state government will not succumb to pressure.

In an appearance on Channels Television’s News At 10 on Thursday, hours after the protest, El-Rufai said no amount of protest will make the government change its decision.

He restated the position at the Presidential Villa on Friday.

Flooding: APC Governors Visit Benue State

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum have arrived in Benue State on a solidarity visit to flood victims in the state.

Chairman of the forum and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, in company with Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, were received on Wednesday at the Makurdi Airport by the state governor, Samuel Ortom.

Both governors are representing other members of the APC Governors Forum on the visit.

They are expected to provide feedback to the forum on how they can support the state government in addressing flood issues in Benue State.

More to follow…

We Should Understand President Buhari, We Elected Him Willingly – Adesina

Femi Adesina, 5,000 nairaThe Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina says Nigerians ought to by now, understand the personality of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.

He said this during a phone conversation with Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily while being asked why the President did not consider a video recording to address Nigerians formally since his absence.

“It is a matter of personal style, there is no style that you can call ‘the’ style. The style of our President is what you have seen on display and by now two years after he came, I am sure that we should understand him.

“We should know the kind of person he is, we should know how he prefers to do things and that is how the President is.

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 ‘What President Buhari Discussed With APC Governors

“That just tells you that that is the way our President is, we elected him willingly and we have seen that this is the way he is.”

This is coming less than 24 hours after the President hosted a delegation of APC governors in London where he is undergoing medical treatment.

According to the delegation, the President is doing well and has not lost any bit of his sense of humour.

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The leader of the APC governors, Rochas Okorocha, confirmed this to Mr Adesina adding that the President asked each governor about specific developments in the various states.

It’s been almost 80 days since (May 7) that the President travelled to the U.K to attend to his health, handing over authority to Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

About two weeks ago, the Acting President, Osinbajo travelled to London to meet with Buhari and he (Osinbajo) also confirmed that the President was is in high spirits and recuperating fast.

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His absence has attracted so much criticism from many, especially some members of the opposition who question why he is yet to at address Nigerians formally when he has received a number of visitors in London.

Subsequently, when the President recently addressed Nigerians via an audio message, it saw more criticism as the message was recorded in the Hausa language.

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One of such criticisms came from the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, who recently, again, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, alleging that he was on life support as opposed to reports that he was recuperating.

‘What President Buhari Discussed With APC Governors’

The Presidency has given an insight into what the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors who visited the President, Muhammadu Buhari in London, on Sunday, discussed.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in a statement said the President spoke with each governor asking for details of the developments in the various states.

The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who is also the head of the APC governors and was part of the delegation, disclosed this to him in a phone conversation.

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According to Okorocha, the President was delighted to receive the delegation and they spent more than an hour with him over lunch. He added that the President was very cheerful and has not lost any bit of his sense of humour.

Furthermore, he stated that it was very clear from the discussions that the President followed developments at home very closely.

Apart from developments within the states, he also asked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, about the state of the railways.

Also according to Okorocha, when asked to react to all the negative things being said about him, the President laughed, describing such reports as lies.

The governor further stated that President Buhari was completely unperturbed by what he described as the cocktail of lies and instead, sent his best wishes to Nigerians.

Okorocha said the President assured Nigerians not to worry at all, adding that he would be back as soon as the doctors give him the green light.

“By our visit to London today, the merchants of lies have been put out of business and Nigerians will not buy the garbage they have been selling. All those who look up to fake news can find better use for their time,” Governor Okorocha stated.

Among the delegation were Governors Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna; Yahaya Bello of Kogi; and APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun.