National convention: President Buhari reportedly asks APC governors to support Oshiomhole

National convention: President Buhari reportedly asks APC governors to support Oshiomhole

- Former governor Adams Oshiomhole has been reportedly endorsed by President Buhari for the chairmanship position of the APC

- Buhari met with the APC governors at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday

- An unnamed official claimed Buhari called the meeting with the governors to ask them to back Oshiomhole’s candidature

President Muhammadu Buhari met with the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors on Tuesday, April 24, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja behind closed doors between 8:30pm to 11pm.

Presidency sources told State House correspondents that the president used the opportunity to endorse former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, for the chairmanship of the party.

The unnamed official, stated that President Buhari had resolved to back Oshiomhole for the party’s chairmanship position.

National convention: President Buhari asks APC governors to support Oshiomhole
President Buhari with APC governors at the meeting last night. Photo credit: State House

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“The president called this meeting with the progressive governors to ask them to back Oshiomhole’s candidature. That’s the purpose of the meeting administration that is the President’s position,” New Telegraph quoted the source as saying.

The ruling party had fixed it’s national convention for May 14 in Abuja, where its new National Working Committee members would be elected.

Governors at the meeting included those of Edo, Kogi, Kaduna, Plateau, Adamawa, Zamfara, Imo, Kano, Borno, Niger, Nasarawa, Ogun, Oyo, Jigawa and Kebbi states.

Before the meeting, the governors have been divided over their support for who emerges as the new APC chairman ahead of the convention.

It is not clear yet if the party’s current chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, will be seeking re-election at the convention now that the president has resolved to support Oshiomhole’s candidature. Oshiomole is generally seen as the candidate of a certain bloc in the party headed by former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

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Meanwhile, the APC on Monday, April 23, inaugurated its national convention planning committee. The 68-member national convention committee is chaired by the governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar.

The committee was inaugurated at the APC national secretariat in Abuja by the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

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