- Nine governors led by Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi met with APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, in order to canvass support for their colleagues in Ondo and Edo
- But much to the chagrin of Governor Godwin Obaseki's supporters, APC may continue with its plan on direct primaries for Edo state
- It was believed that the governors want the ruling party to bend rules but Tinubu insisted that fairness must be followed in the primaries
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The crisis hitting the All Progressive Congress (APC) took a bold dive into another dimension as nine governors met with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the ruling party's national leader, in respect to the coming guber election in Edo and Ondo states.
The governors, under the aegis of Progressives Governors’s Forum (PGF), were led by Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state to the state house in Marina Lagos on Sunday, May 31.
According to a report contained in The Nation, the governors also include, Godwin Obaseki( Edo), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Mai Buni(Yobe), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bello(Niger) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos).
Among top issues discussed, Legit.ng gathers that the governors wanted Tinubu to assure them of his support for Godwin Obaseki of Edo state ahead of the guber election slated for September.
APC had earlier announced a direct process for its primary election - a plan said to be targeted at the re-election bid of Governor Obaseki who has been at loggerhead with his predecessor and former political godfather.
The governors urged Tinubu to help put pressure on President Buhari to support their push for the right of first refusal to Akeredolu and Obaseki.
Tinubu, according to the source, however, insisted that the protocols of the ruling party's national working committee must be obeyed.
At the meeting which lasted for two hours, Tinubu maintained that it was through the direct primary process that Govrno Babajide Sawo-Olu and Gboyega Oyetola were elected in their respective states.
The former Lagos governor stressed that he believed in transparency and fairness that direct primary will bring into the democracy of the country.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that with less than four months into the governorship election in Edo, the rancour in APC chapter of the state seems to be growing in wings more than imagined.
The manifestation of the brewing crisis was clearly shown after Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship aspirant of APC, said those who brought the incumbent governor, Obaseki, have the right to look into an alternative way.
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