Osinbajo Presides at APC Caucus Meeting, Assures Agreement Among Stakeholders on Issues of Primaries

Osinbajo Presides at APC Caucus Meeting, Assures Agreement Among Stakeholders on Issues of Primaries

  • The tripartite committee of the APC conceived by President Muhammadu Buhari met recently at the Presidential Villa, Abuja
  • The committee was set up as a way of ensuring a cordial and beneficial relationship between the executive, legislature on one hand, and the party on the other hand
  • Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over a meeting of the committee on behalf of the president, where key decisions were taken

Aso Rock - Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has assured on agreement among major stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on the knotty issue of primaries in the party.

Speaking at the expanded tripartite consultative committee of the executive, legislative, and APC leadership at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, November 9, Osinbajo urged all stakeholders to come with an amicable solution to the issue for the party to move forward.

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VP Osinbajo presided over the APC caucus meeting on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo credit: Aso Rock Villa
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A statement sent to Legit.ng by the vice president's spokesman, Laolu Akande, quoted Osinbajo as saying:

“About three previous meetings of the tripartite committee, the issue of the proposal first by the House of Representatives and then the Senate, to restrict the conduct of primaries of parties to only direct primaries came up.

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“The reason as it emerged from our discussions at the tripartite committee was that some legislators felt that party congresses had been completely taken over by state governments and other legislators and they, as stakeholders stood no chance of a fair contest in the primaries if all potential delegates and actors have already been spoken for.
“We then decided at the last meeting of the tripartite committee, (because these issues, problems, and sides were laid before us) to call an expanded meeting where the leadership of the National Assembly, governors, and all other stakeholders that are present here would be able to deliberate on those issues and hopefully find solutions that would be acceptable to all, but, most importantly, that would work in the interest of our party especially as we go into the elections come 2023.

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“Other speakers after me will elaborate further on the issue but I want to urge all present that in the course of our discussions today we should seek to find solutions highlighting the pathways to an amicable resolution.
“Most of us who are here are probably familiar with what the problems are, what we really want are solutions. I really think that it's important that we're able to get quickly to the issues and resolve them in a way that would be satisfactory.
“I think at this period more than ever, we need peace and concord within our party and I hope this meeting would mark a new beginning in that direction, and I hope at the conclusion of this meeting we'll only have good things to report to Mr. President.”

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Recall that the governor of Ekiti state and chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, recently described Osinbajo as a "huge bridge builder," and a leader worthy of emulation.

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Fayemi made the comment on Thursday, October 14 in Ado-Ekiti where Osinbajo was a special guest of honour at the Ekiti State Economic Development and Investment Summit, saying:

“We have for a VP someone who is a huge bridge-builder, someone who is able...he's got shock absorbers to withstand the pressures from the states.”

Group says Osinbajo is best qualified to consolidate the legacies of Buhari

Meanwhile, a group, The Progressives Consolidation Group (PCG), has insisted that Osinbajo is the best-qualified person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

The group made this known via its convener, Aliyu Kurfi, in a letter to the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni.

The letter dated Friday, October 8, and seen by Legit.ng, was in response to the APC's recognition of the PCG as a support group within the party.

Source: Legit.ng

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