President Buhari’s meeting with APC Governors ends in a gridlock

By on April 3, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari met with governors elected under the All Progressive Congress, APC, at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.

The governors declined to speak at the end of the meeting.

The meeting was ostensibly on the crisis caused by the proposed tenure elongation for the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

The governors were led at the meeting by the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha.

The president came into the venue at 2.13pm and apologized for coming in late as it had been scheduled for 2.00pm.

“I apologize for coming a bit late,” he told the governors after the rendition of the national anthem.

Apart from the governors, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari and deputy chief staff to the president, Ade Ipaye were also in attendance.

It was not certain what the agenda of the meeting was it but likely dwelt on the tenure elongation and the president’s position invalidating the earlier agreement by the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to extend the tenure.

The meeting lasted for a little over an hour after which all the governors approached by State House correspondents for their comments, declined to speak.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, who attended the meeting in crutches following injuries sustained in a fall from his car, was also heard saying that the governors had been asked not to talk to the media.

However, before the opening of the meeting inside the Council Chambers, the body language of several of the governors suggested that they were not comfortable with something that was up for discussion.

 

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