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.

Read Also: President Buhari In High Spirits, Recuperating Fast – Osinbajo

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.

Read Also: Buhari Meets With Freed Chibok Girls, Leaves For Medical Follow-up

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.

Acting President Osinbajo Meets APC Governors

Governors of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday met with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors.

After the meeting, which was held at the Presidential Villa, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State told State House Correspondent that the meeting was about moving the party forward.

“A lot of people seem to have forgotten that the Acting President and the President belong to the APC. So, we have come to discuss issues related to our party and our government and how to move our party forward,” Governor Okorocha said.

“There were a lot of issues we discussed to move the party forward and how to strengthen the party; how to make sure that our party remains victorious in all elections.”

The governor also said the meeting was aimed at creating better synergy between the party and the Presidency.

He said the APC not worried over the antics of the Peoples Democratic Party or its reconciliatory moves.

He also expressed confidence that the APC is united and in charge.

The meeting, which lasted for over an hour, was attended by governors – and some of their deputies – from Kogi, Kwara, Benue, Ondo, Imo, Zamfara, Plateau, Adamawa, Niger, Kebbi, Kaduna, Ogun and Oyo states.

APC Southwest Leaders Hold Talks In Oyo State

apc-leaders-reconciliationLeaders of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) governors, and federal ministers of south west extraction are holding a meeting in Ibadan the Oyo State capital.

The meeting is considered a reconciliation move by the leaders of the party.

The APC leader and former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Osun State, Mr Bisi Akande, governors of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, ,Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun and Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, Federal Ministers in the Buhari’s cabinet and some Federal Lawmakers are among those in attendance.

Sources within the Southwest caucus said the meeting was aimed at unifying members within the region and help foster a common front in most political decisions of interest to the Southwest.

There have been reports of division within the Southwest APC leadership which some members say resulted to the party’s split in Ondo State, ahead of the state governorship election.

APC Governors Restate Support For Buhari  

APC GovernorsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) state governors have met with President Muhammadu Buhari, reassuring him of their support in the fight against corruption and insurgency in the country.

The meeting which held in the President’s office for about two hours, had in attendance all the governors voted into power under the auspices of the APC, led by their chairman and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Imo State Governor said that the governors were concerned about the frosty relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government, promising to look into it.

On the state of their economy, following the inability of some of them to pay salaries at the inception of the administration, the governors said that things are beginning to look up following the rise in oil pump price and that Nigerians should be patient with them.

Governor Okorocha noted that it was the first time they were formally meeting the President since his return from London and the Ramadan fast.

Herdsmen Attacks: Benue State To Prohibit Open Grazing

herdsmen, herdsmen attacks, Benue State, GrazingThe Benue State Government has forwarded a bill to the State House of Assembly to outlaw and ban open grazing of cattle in the state in order to curb clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed this to the people of Sankera in the Benue North East senatorial district at the ongoing state-wide town hall meetings to engage the people in participatory democracy.

Mr Ortom spoke to journalist shortly after the town hall meeting and explained that the move became necessary following the incessant herdsmen attacks and recent killing of over 10 persons in Logo and Ukum Local Government last week Saturday.

Mr Ortom, while responding to the demand for protection, disclosed that an executive bill prohibiting open grazing has been sent to the state assembly.

Governor Ortom also met with the Jemgbagh clan of old Gboko province, the Igede people of Oju and Obi council areas, where he held the former administration responsible for looting and plunging the state into indebtedness.

The Sankera people are known for large scale farming of rice and yam. They came together in Katsina-Ala to demand action from the federal and state government over the killing of their people.

Herdsmen Attacks: Benue Communities Demand 100bn Naira Compensation

Herdsmen AttacksRepresentatives of Benue communities are demanding the sum of 100 billion Naira as compensation for victims of suspected herdsmen attacks in Benue State.

They put up this demand at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs.

The one day public hearing was to look at the alarming influx of unidentified herdsmen into Benue State and the threat to life and property in the state.

Different community groups from the state, the Police IG and the Deputy Governor of Benue State gathered to make their contributions.

The efforts of the Police so far and the intervention of the federal government in combating the situation was on the front burner.

The committee heard from the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, who highlighted some of the steps being taken to address the crisis.

He said that they have apprehended some persons and investigations were ongoing.

While representatives of the community groups suggested how the situation can be managed, the Deputy Governor of Benue State, Benson Abounu, also put forward the measures recommended by the state government towards resolving the issues.

The lawmakers sympathized with the people of Benue State and appealed to the representatives of the community groups to let peace reign while efforts are being by the government made to bring the situation under control.