By Chesa Chesa
Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently in a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chamber of the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
The governors were led by chairman of the APC Governors Forum and Imo State governor, Rocha’s Okorocha, to the meeting which started by 2:15 pm.
The meeting is the first between the governors and the President since he upturned the party’s earlier extension of tenure for its elected officials at national, state and local government levels, a move that many of the governed were comfortable with then.
The President however, at the party’s recent National Executive Council meeting, dissociated himself from such a move, citing the illegality of allowing the party officials stay in office beyond the tenure allowed by the party constitution, without going for fresh elections at a Congress.
The issue of tenure elongation has pitched some of the governors supporting the national party chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, against the party’s national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who wants Oyegun out of office as soon as possible.
It is expected that the grey areas around this decision and preparations for a congress will form the kernel of the ongoing meeting, as the party struggles to maintain unity ahead of next year’s general elections.
The meeting is being well attended by with governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, arriving bad early as 10am; while Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, who sustained an ankle injury last week, still made it to the meeting in his crutches.
Only governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, was absent at the start of the meeting, when Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu, said the opening Christian and Islamic prayers.
By Chesa Chesa