Breather For Oshiomhole As Buhari, APC Governors Put Tuesday NEC Meeting On Hold


BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The President Muhammadu Buhari and Governors of the All Progressives Congress on the aegis of Progressives Governors on Monday announced the postponement of the scheduled National Executive Committee meeting of the ruling Party indefinitely.

The indefinite postponement of the APC’s NEC meeting earlier scheduled for Tuesday by anti-Oshiomhole’s forces within the party, followed the outcome of a brief meeting between President Buhari and the APC governors at the presidential Villa, Abuja.

The 16 governors on the platform of the APC that attended the meeting include those of Borno, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Plateau States.

Similarly, four of the governors were absent and they include those of Kaduna, Ekiti and Yobe while Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi was unable to attend the meeting following the death of his mother on Sunday.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of their meeting with the President, who is the leader of the Party, the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebi State, said the governors appealed to President Buhari to support the postponement to enable them (governors), to resolve the issues within the party.

Responding to a question of whether President Buhari accepted and approved the postponement of the NEC meeting, the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum replied in the affirmative by saying a categorical; “Yes”Atiku-Bagudu replied, “yes,” adding that the President is very happy with the decision.

The postponement of the NEC meeting may have given the embattled National Chairman of the ruling APC, Adams Oshiomhole a breather.

Governor Sule of Nasarawa State had given hint during a Channels Television programme on Monday morning that the Progressives Governors would not accept a crisis in the party by allowing local state politics to affect the party at the national level. He assured that the governors would resolve the issue at stake amicably.

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