UPDATED: APC Convention: Governor Kayode Fayemi Denies Rejecting Consensus Agreement
- A purported comment made by Governor Fayemi of Ekiti state indicates that the race for the APC chairmanship position is still on
- Fayemi, the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, is reported to have rejected the consensus arrangement proposed by President Buhari
- Buhari had in a meeting with the APC governors, told them to work towards the emergence of Abdullahi Adamu as the next chairman of the ruling party
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FCT, Abuja - Ekiti state governor and chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, has denied ever objecting to the consensus arrangement being championed by President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the party’s March 26 national convention.
Daily Trust newspaper had reported that Governor Fayemi denied supporting candidates that President Muhammadu Buhari endorsed ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention scheduled for Saturday, March 26.
In a press statement late Thursday night, March 24, Governor Fayemi's spokesman, Yinka Oyebode, said the earlier news report was a misrepresentation of the views of the governor as he was quoted out of context.
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“The general public is hereby notified that a news story in circulation with the above headline is a misrepresentation of the views of the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
“Dr. Fayemi at a policy dialogue organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Abuja on Thursday, was quoted as rejecting the consensus arrangement President Mohammed Buhari reached with the Governors ahead of the party’s convention.
“It must be stated, however, that Governor Fayemi’s presentation at the event was about democracy in West Africa and democratic reversal in Mali, Guinea, and Burkina Faso and not about his party convention.
“Governor Fayemi is well known as a leader not given to frivolous and distracting talk.”
Buhari meets APC chairmanship aspirants, insists on Abdullahi Adamu as preferred choice
Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Buhari hosted to dinner, the aspirants contesting for the national chairmanship seat before meeting with the governors.
Mai Mala Buni, the caretaker committee chairman of the APC and governor of Yobe state, was in attendance.
Others at the meeting include the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
President Buhari harps on party discipline in speech addressed to APC governors
While speaking to the governors, President Buhari had said it will be disastrous if the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) returns to power in 2023.
He specifically told the governors to put the interest of the APC ahead of theirs in a bid to ensure that the party remains in power beyond 2023.
The president said the APC had done considerably well in the last seven years despite the economic challenges.