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APC Governors Meet In Abuja, National Convention Tops Issues Discussed

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Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday night met in Abuja to discuss issues relating to the party, most importantly the planned national convention.

The meeting was held behind closed doors at the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro, which began around 8pm.

Senator Abubabar Bagudu, the Governor of Kebbi state said issues relating to how to move the party forward were top agenda of the meeting.

In addition, he said that the Progressives Governors’ Forum also passed a vote of confidence on the National Caretaker Committee of the party, ably led by the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

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It was also gathered that zoning of party offices ahead of the national convention was discussed.

Currently, the party is divided on the convention issue as some stakeholders want it held before Christmas while others are pushing for the second quarter of next year.

According to sources, the crisis in the party and the direct primary clause in the Electoral Act were on the agenda.

Those that attended the meeting included the host and Kebbi governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, his counterparts from Kogi, Nasarawa, Katsina, Plateau, Ekiti, Jigawa, Kano, Kwara, Imo, Borno, Ebonyi, Lagos, Zamfara, Niger, Ogun and Cross River. The Governors of Osun, Yobe, Gombe and Kaduna states were still being expected as about 8:30pm as 17 were already seated.

Bagudu said at the end of the meeting, “we agreed as a forum to seek an appointment with the President and discuss with him the oncoming National Convention of the party”.

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He said no decision on the matter could be reached until they they had meet with the “leader of the party”.
“We are just one organ of the party,” he noted.

He said the recommendations made at the meeting would be disclosed to journalists.

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