16 May 2018

Nigeria: Ekiti 2018 - Buhari Hosts South-West Leaders to Dinner

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently hosting top leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the South-west region to a dinner at the new Banquet Hall of the State House Villa, Abuja.

Before the commencement of the dinner holding behind closed doors, Mr Buhari called on the leadership of APC from the South-west to take the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State seriously.

He said APC needs to "have the last laugh" after the July 14, 2018 elections.

Kayode Fayemi defeated other contestants in the APC primary election that held on Saturday.

The party had to reschedule the election after the first primary ended in commotion.

Mr Buhari on Wednesday said he called for the dinner to "calm frayed nerves" and to appeal that APC members work together for the success of the party in the coming elections.

He said "Ekiti will ultimately benefit if the party wins."

Notable personalities at the dinner include the national leader of the APC and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu; former Osun State governor, Bisi Akande; and the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun.

Others include the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Segun Oni, the minister of mines; and Kayode Fayemi.

Governors at the meeting include Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, who was the chairman of APC Ekiti governorship primary committee.

Some members of the National Assembly, ministers and other top APC leaders from the zone are also attending the dinner.

Before the dinner went into closed doors, it was announced that Messrs Fayemi and Tinubu will make brief remarks before the dinner, while Mr Odigie-Oyegun and the president will speak after the dinner.

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