…Accuses media of plot to destabilise polity
…El-rufai, 8 others boycott NWC/govs’ meeting
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has insisted that Nigeria is in safe hands with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and his team on the driving seat of government while the president is still on medical leave to overseas. The APC National Chairman Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who spoke on Thursday at the national secretariat if the party during a meeting of his NWC with the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), however, accused the social media of plot to destabilise the polity through various negative reports.
The NWC meeting with APC serving governors were, however, conspicuously boycotted without any representation by the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-rufai, Adamawa State Governor Jubril Bindow, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun, among others.
Governors in attendance at the meeting included Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Abdulfatai Ahmed (Kwara), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Rochas Okorocha (Imo). The governors of Lagos and Oyo were represented by their deputies.
In his speech, Chief Oyegun said: “What makes me happy inspite of these negative speculations and attempt to destabilize the polity is that, thanks to his respect for due process and the constitution of this nation has left a structure that is functioning very effectively in spite of his unfortunate absence and one can say quite clearly that the wish of Mr President is that the government will continue to function efficiently and effectively and that the party also should continue and proceed to execute its normal duties and functions.”
On the plot to cause trouble by the social media, a visibly angry APC National Chairman who described some of the media reports as part of attempts ‘to destabilise the polity’, added that said: “Today, the papers were replete with all manner of speculations which has become the past time of the social media to carry all manner of fake and totally out of line speculations as to any step that we take on virtually any issue. I think this is something that we have to talk about later.”
While debunking some of the reports as regards President Buhari’s health, the Benin Chief said: “It is important to say that our meeting today has absolutely nothing to do with the health status of the President.”
Speaking on the reasons for the meeting, Chief Oyegun said: “This meeting is just one of the series of meetings we are holding in the run off to the non elective national convention. We have held consultation with our leadership in the Senate, in the House of Representatives, we are going to hold consultation with the ministers as part of the preparation for the national convention which is a mandatory requirement.
“It is a mandatory mid term non elective convention and the purpose is to allow us as a party and as government to sit down and see how far we have gone, what we have done right, access ourselves by bringing our leaders from all over the country to sit us once every two years and exchange ideas and listen to the achievement of their government.”
He also confirmed that miscommunication led to absence of some governors.
“I am quite aware that due to miscommunication, a lot of you became aware of this meeting today and the fact that you are here is a matter of deep pride.
“The purpose of the meeting is very clear. There are lots of things that must happen in preparation towards our non elective convention which the states must be actively involved. We are going to have state congresses, ward congresses and fill vacancies. We will take the opportunity to feel every single vacancy at all levels of the party arising from death, appointment and others. We are also required to elect three delegates who will participate in the forth coming convention.”
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