The All Progressives Congress, APC Governors have called on Nigerians to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari next year, to enable him complete the good works he has started.
Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State made the call on their behalf, while speaking to journalists at the end of a closed door meeting between them and President Buhari on Wednesday night at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“We hereby ask all Nigerians to support the APC and give President Buhari the chance to complete laying this solid foundation upon which the Nigerian nation shall be built. We have come here to show solidarity to the President and let him know that we are ready and solidly behind him and our President is in high spirits,” Okorocha stated.
Okorocha said it is unfortunate that some members of the party, including Governors had to leave but the party is full on ground and will do well in next year’s election.
“As you are aware, two of our colleagues left the party and we got one in through Ekiti. This is politics, it is unfortunate that they had to go but that has not in any way reduced our party or has touched us in any way. We are still strong, much more strong and united. We have 22 States, 53 Senators, we are still the majority and we are hoping to get more into our party so we are here to let the President know that we are with him and nobody is leaving the party anymore and those who have left, we were aware they will leave many years before now because what they were asking for, the party could not afford to give them but all said and done, we are determined and happy that Nigerians know the truth,” he said.
Also speaking in the same vein, National chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole said the party will not be deterred by the defections, which he said has filtered the membership of the party.
The APC Chairman said the party is solidly on ground and will work hard to win at all levels in 2019.
“We have 22 States after all the defections and that represents a very comfortable overwhelming majority of the States but much more important is that we have gone through the filter and what we have are people who are strong believers in the mission of our party. I’m not really surprised at what is happening. I have always said that it is not going to be sustainable to have people from all the extremes, we have tried to manage it but you can see that at the end of the day, water has to find its level,” he said.
In attendance at the meeting were 17 Governors. They are; Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Kashim Shettima of Borno, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Mohammed Jibrilla of Adamawa, Abubakar Bugudu Atiku of Kebbi Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Aminu Masari of Katsina, Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa, and Godwin Obaseki of Edo.
The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori represented the Governor.
Others were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.