The meeting was held behind closed doors.
Of all the APC controlled five states in the South West, only Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor, was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi.
In attendance were seven governors and four deputies in total. Those at the meeting were Imo State governor and chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha; his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir el Rufai and Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abubakar.
Others were Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Abdullahi Jibrilla Bindo (Adamawa) as well as the Deputy Governors of Ondo, Kano, Kogi and Nasarawa states.
“So, there is no communication gap whatsoever. In the past, the governors have been attending. Governors are very busy people and it is always very difficult for us to have time to be on the field in addition to running our states.”
Asked by reporters for the governors’ position on recent remarks by former interim chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, that the APC 2019 presidential ticket was open to all aspirants, Governor Abubakar said: “This meeting has not deliberated on that but the APC has a constitution and that is one of the items that was discussed on the amendment of the constitution of the APC in review to faithfully hold the constitution of the APC in line with democratic principles, and we will abide by the provisions of our constitution.”
The Bauchi governor further revealed that the meeting also ratified October 31, earlier chosen by the National Working Committee for the conduct of its National Executive Committee meeting. – Independent
– Oct 19, 2017 @ 6:30 GMT |