13 June 2018

Nigeria: What We Discussed With Buhari - Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has given details of what governors elected under the platform of the party discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday evening.

The governors met with Mr Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting, which began at about 9:10 p.m. last for about one hour and half. Emerging from the meeting, Mr Okorocha, who is the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, PGF, said it was a tradition in the party for the governors to visit the president "to review issues as it affects our party."

He said the chairman of APC's forthcoming national convention, Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, briefed Mr Buhari on the arrangements so far regarding the convention.

"We also looked at the way forward because we are coming to the heat of politics , so we just must be prepared for any political issues coming up," Mr Okorocha said.

The Imo State governor also said all the APC governors are now "more united than ever" and are ready for the 2019 elections.

"We are sure people will be proud of APC's outcome," he said.

He also said they commended Mr Buhari on his recent outing on the issue of June 12 as democracy day and the honour done to late Moshood Abiola.

"We saw this as opening new page on relationships," he said.

On the apparent crisis within the APC, Mr Okorocha said the APC is not in crisis. He said there are only minor disagreements which are normal in any political party.

"Even in a family there are disagreements. A party without disagreements is not a party," he said.

The Imo governor was silent on the APC crisis in his home state where other leaders have virtually edged him out and dared him to leave the party. The governor's opponents within the Imo APC elected their preferred candidates as party executives, who have now been recognised by the outgoing national leadership of the party. Mr Okorocha insists no APC congresses were held in his state.


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