APC Governors Shun Meeting With Party's NWC
Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday boycotted the monthly meeting with the party leadership in Abuja.
The well publicized meeting was expected to involve the NWC members, the party's 24 governors and party caucus in the National Assembly.
The meeting was planned to discuss the rancorous relationship between some APC governors over security issues which was said to have caused serious embarrassment to the party and the Federal Government.
Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Simon Lalong of Plateau State were recently locked in a media war over the anti-grazing law in Benue.
The law had reportedly sparked crisis between herders and farmers occasioned by loss of lives and property.
The Benue governor had also engaged his Nasarawa counterpart, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
The party's Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun had wanted to bring all the governors together to fashion out ways of resolving their differences.
But when it became evident that the APC leadership would not be able to make a concrete decision to resolve the problem, some governors backed out of the meeting.
Some of the governors were said to have suggested that President Muhammadu Buhari should be more assertive as leader of the party and the Commander-in- Chief by calling all the APC governors and have a discussion as a family.
"We came all the way from Osun and we were not told that the meeting has been postponed,” Titi Laoye-Tomori told the party staff who also seemed to be confused about the development.
APC's National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, said it was “unfortunate” that the “routine meeting” could not hold.
Abdullahi, who hinted that there was no reason to worry about the postponement, promised to provide information on the new date, if necessary, after the NWC meeting next Monday.
He said, “It’s a routine meeting now. It’s unfortunate the meeting did not hold. There is no serious issue.”
Asked to give information on the likely new date, he said, “We have NWC meeting on Monday. So, if we come out of that meeting, if we have anything, I will let you know.”
Other sources said the governors shunned the meeting when they realized that besides security issues, there were moves by the current leadership to ensure that the tenure of the NWC is extended beyond June, this year when their four-year term expires.
The meeting was further expected to discuss the possible dates for the various congresses and national convention.
But the latest lobbying for the elongation of the tenure of the NWC was said to have made the majority of the governors stay away from the meeting.
The governors, it was gathered, did not want to entertain any tenure elongation for NWC members.
The extension, it is gathered, is to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari wins the party’s ticket in his yet-to-be-announced second term bid.
The statement of Oyegun on January 6, 2018 on the convention was said to have further buttressed the notion in some quarters that he might be willing to continue in the leadership position beyond June 13 this year when his tenure ends.
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