Barring any last-minute change, governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress will be holding a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.), over the APC governorship primary crisis in Edo State .
On Sunday, the APC governors gathered in Abuja to seek Buhari’s intervention in the crisis, which had led to the disqualification of the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, from the state APC primary scheduled for June 22.
As the APC governors were preparing to meet Buhari, Obaseki on Sunday held separate meetings with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and his Akwa Ibom State counterpart, Udom Emmanuel.
It was gathered that Obaseki’s meetings were part of his consultations before taking his final decision.
The crisis between Obaseki and his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole, came to a head on Friday, when the screening committee set up by the party’s National Working Committee disqualified Obaseki and the appeal panel upheld the disqualification. The screening committee explain that Obaseki was disqualified because of contradictions in his credentials.
On Sunday, a leader of the party, who spoke in confidence because he was not authorised to speak on the issue explain further that the governors are scheduled to meet with Mr. President on Monday to try to redeem what is left of previous attempts to broker peace.
“They are trying to save themselves because what is happening to Obaseki may happen to them.”
Likewise, the APC governors expressed confidence that the party would resolve its current internal challenges and come of out stronger.
This was contained in a communiqué issued on Sunday, after an emergency Teleconference meeting on Saturday.
The communiqué which was signed by the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Abubakar Bagudu, said the meeting was held to discuss issues around preparations for the Edo and Ondo States APC governorship primary as well as the elections which will follow.
Wike and Obaseki have a closed-door meeting for 40-minute
Meanwhile, Obaseki made a surprise visit to Wike on Sunday.
Obaseki, who was driven into the Government House in Port Harcourt about a few minutes to 1pm, was immediately received by Wike, before they went into a closed-door meeting, which lasted for about 40 minutes.
Though the reason for the Edo Governor’s visit to Rivers State was not mentioned by anybody, Obaseki’s envisaged move to the PDP might be the motive behind his trip to the Government House in Port Harcourt.
A Port Harcourt Government House source told one of our correspondents that the closed-door meeting between Obaseki and Wike was only covered by two photographers, adding that no journalist was allowed to enter.
After the visit to Wike, Obaseki also met the Akwa Ibom State governor in Uyo, the state capital.
Governors elected on the platform of the People Democratic Party have thrown weight behind the alleged plan by Obaseki to defect from the APC to the PDP.