March 20, 2019
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[UPDATE]: Buhari, APC governors’ meeting ends in deadlock

The crucial meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and governors elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday ended without concrete conclusion, it has been learnt.

The meeting, which began at about 2:20pm, held inside the Council chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja lasted for about an hour, and the agenda of the meeting was not made public.

But a source who confided in our correspondent when the meeting was still ongoing said the meeting was not unconnected with the President’s decision about tenure elongation for Oyegun-led NWC and other state party executive members.

Buhari had last week communicated his stance on the illegality of tenure elongation for members NWC.

The source, who pleaded anonymity earlier told our correspondent that, “Presently, APC governors are divided into two factions following Mr President’s decision at the last NEC meeting.

“While a group had a change of heart and agreed with the president, many governors still feel that it is safer for the APC to allow current officials oversee the elections,” he said.

Also, the governors refused to speak with State House correspondents after their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

At the end of the meeting, both the chairman of APC Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, and the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, declined comments.

When Governors Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and his counterpart from Plateau, Simon Lalong were approached for briefing of their meeting, they simply said they have agreed “not to speak to the media.”

The source further told our correspondent that the meeting was ‘stormy’ due to hot debate that ensued among the governors.

He said, “I am not sure what happened inside the Chamber could be called a real meeting, they were simply fighting.”

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had earlier on Tuesday inaugurated a technical committee to advise the leadership of the party on the reversal of Mr President about tenure elongation.

The committee, which was chaired by Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong had assured that the committee would deliver on the mandate and pledged continued loyalty to the party’s leadership.

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