Intrigues As Buhari Reportedly Rejects Proposal From Two Governors Over APC Chairmanship

Intrigues As Buhari Reportedly Rejects Proposal From Two Governors Over APC Chairmanship

  • A proposal from two All Progressives Congress (APC) state governors have reportedly been rejected by President Buhari
  • The president reportedly told them to take their proposal to the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)
  • Meanwhile, many other governors are said to be unhappy with the their colleagues over their meeting with Buhari

Few weeks to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) convention, two governors of the party have reportedly approached President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to support a certain aspirant as the next national chairman of the party.

According to a report by The Nation newspaper the president rejected a proposal from the two state governors.

The president reportedly asked them to take their proposal to the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), their fellow governors and other party leaders for consideration.

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Buhari reportedly rejects proposal from two governors over APC chairmanship
Buhari has rejected a proposal from two APC state governors to adopt a certain aspirant. Photo: Femi Adesina.
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The newspaper reports that members of the CECPC members saw the action of the two governors as a move to undermine the caretaker committee.

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A source familiar with the development said:

“The affected governors went to the Presidential Villa for political ambush but the President turned down their proposal for a commitment on one of the aspirants.
“He told the governors to send their proposal through the Caretaker Committee. He said since there is a party structure in place, they should use the same platform to communicate with him. They don’t know that President Buhari is a due process man.
“The governors failed in their bid to anoint one of the chairmanship aspirants. And they cannot go back to their colleagues.”

Another source added:

“Many of the APC governors are angry with these two colleagues who were trying to be smarter. They knew that one of them, who is aspiring to be Vice President in 2023, plotted this move.

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“Some CECPC members considered the shuttle to the Villa as a ploy to undermine the Caretaker Committee. They now have reasons to suspect them.
“It is clear that some governors are not with the CECPC which is being led by Buni in spite of their outward posture.
“The game will now be more complex before the national convention of APC. We hope that the President will save the situation by providing a direction.”

APC sources: Buhari staved off pressure to postpone ruling party's convention again

In another report, reported that there was a last-minute push by some party chiefs to shift the All Progressives Congress (APC) convention date.

According to the report, President Muhammadu Buhari staved off pressure from lobbyists, insisting that the February 26 date is sacrosanct.

A source quoted in the report said:

“President Buhari stood his ground by being adamant on February 26 for the convention. He felt the party ought to go beyond its caretaker structure. He is also conscious of the fact that the party must prepare for primaries for the 2023 poll.”

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Another source said the president’s trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union (AU) summit further blocked the anti-convention forces from having access to him.

APC state chairman hail Mai Mala Buni, Yahaya Bello

On its part, the forum of the APC state chairmen has described both the Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and his Kogi state counterpart, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as great blessings to the ruling party.

The forum's chairperson and Borno state APC chairman, Alhaji Bukar Dalori, made the comment on Thursday, February 3 in Abuja, shortly after the inauguration of the newly elected state chairmen of the party.

Dalori, who expressed gratitude to Governor Buni and all other party leaders for the confidence reposed in them said they have watched both Governor Buni and Alhaji Yahaya Bello's exemplary leadership over the years.


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