- Governors of the APC have backed the candidacy of SAhmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila for the 9th National Assembly leadership
- The governors said they took the decision in compliance with the directive of the party’s national leadership
- The governors said they believe that the leadership of the party took the right decision when they opted to support Lawan and Gbajabiamila
Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have backed the candidacy of Senate leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan and leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila for the 9th National Assembly leadership.
The governors under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum took the decision at a closed door meeting held at the Kebbi Governor’s Lodge on Sunday, June 9 in Abuja.
Governor of Kebbi, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and chairman of the forum while briefing journalists at the end of meeting, said the governors took the decision in compliance with the directive of the party’s national leadership.
He used the opportunity of the meeting which was the first after the general elections,to welcome newly elected governors into the forum.
Bagudu asked all party members in the National Assembly to vote for the two leaders, saying the forum was solidly behind the decision of the party.
He added that the forum believed that the leadership of the party took the right decision when they opted to support Lawan and Gbajabiamila for the principal offices.
On other offices in the 9th National Assembly, Bagudu said they were party offices and that the party would take a decision on them.
He also said the governors were solidly behind President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s leader, assuring that they would work with him to take the country to the next level.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that present at the meeting were the governors of Edo, Kwara, Kogi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kano, Jigawa, Ekiti, Osun, and Lagos states.
Others are the governors of Gombe and Niger, as well as the deputy governors of Borno and Kaduna states.
Governors of Katsina, Ogun, Ondo and Yobe states were however absent from the meeting.
Meanwhile, a group, Arewa Youth Awareness Forum (AYAF), has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the APC not to be on the wrong side of history, due to its support for Gbajabiamila.
The group in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, June 9 and signed by its convener, Mr. Obadiah Diji, alleged that the quest of Gbajabiamaila to be the Speaker of the incoming 9th National Assembly, is tactically a 2023 presidential agenda.
The AYAF frowned at the manner in which the chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, “unilaterally schooled our federal legislators on whom they must vote for.”
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