- Some APC governors met Bola Tinubu on Sunday over the forthcoming governorship election in Edo and Ondo states
- The governors want their colleagues to be given the right of first refusal in the elections
- Tinubu, however, told the governors to go and participate in the primaries; a development which is generating heated reactions on social media
As the people of Edo and Ondo states prepare for the forthcoming governorship elections, the two major parties, the APC and the PDP, have been involved in political intrigues, especially regarding the choices of the flagbearers.
In the ruling APC, the incumbent governors, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, are interested in the second term while other forces in the party want other candidates.
On Sunday, May 31, nine APC governors, including Obaseki and Akeredolu, met with with the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.
Fresh plots as 9 governors meet Tinubu, strike deal as they want Akeredolu, Obaseki returned without stress
Their goal was to seek the support of the APC leader to prevail on the party leadership to give Obaseki and Akeredolu the right of first refusal.
Tinubu, however, reportedly refused to grant the APC governors' request as he allegedly told Obaseki and Akeredolu to go and test their popularities at the primary elections.
The development has elicited heated reactions on social media. Legit.ng collects some of the reactions below:
Jubril of Sudan said: "Govs Bagudu, Ganduje, Akeredolu, Sanwo-Olu, others meet in Lagos
"Obaseki’s second term bid top on agenda
"Nothing good comes out of the meeting."
In his own reaction, @Solomonchuks110 said: "Obaseki claims he is fighting Godfatherism, but he mobilised other governors to beg Tinubu,
"Where are those saying Edo is not Lagos. He don dey clear for una eyes abi?
"Oga Obaseki go and prepare for direct primaries or better still decamp to PDP."
Also, @IU_Wakili commented: "Wait is it the same Obaseki of EDO that was saying rubbish that packed 7 governors to and see Tinubu? I thought he said EDO is not LAGOS.
"JAGABAN!! Capacity full ground"
Gloria Adagbon tweeted: "No right of first refusal, go and prepare for the primaries, APC National Leader, Chief Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to Governor Obaseki.
"ME: And the pin dropped and there was silence. The thing enter wella!"
"I will never understand the reason behind 7 Governors leaving their States to go beg nd seek Tinubu's decision for another State in another region. Lol
Apart from idleness, why are these characters placing an individual interest over millions," @SodiqTade commented.
"They should allow the people to decide IMO.
"If they want Obaseki or Ize-Iyamu or any other person.
Tinubu or Oshiomole won't be the one to govern the state. Oshiomole used his good 8 years."
Meanwhile, the leaders of all political parties in the country have met with the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the governorship election in Edo and Ondo states.
The virtual meeting was held on Monday, June 1, ahead of the gubernatorial elections in the two states scheduled for September 2020.
Seun Okin, the Channels TV journalist, broke the news on his Twitter page on Monday morning.
Legit.ng gathers that the virtual meeting was attended by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, APC national chairman and Prince Uche Secondus, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairman.
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