Unless there is a last minute change, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to meet the governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) tomorrow at the presidential villa in Abuja.
It was found that the meeting, originally scheduled for last Tuesday, was postponed shortly before the president left the country for a four-day official visit to Brussels, Belgium, to attend the EU-AU summit.
Yesterday, sources said the postponed meeting at Buhari’s request would critically address the ongoing issues plaguing the party ahead of the national convention set for Saturday, February 26, 2022.
It was also learned that the date may no longer be workable as it was less than a week away with no agenda set in place by party stakeholders.
It was further understood that the meeting with the President, led by the Chairman of the Interim Party Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, with 20 other APC Governors present would present an alternative date and other logistics for approval by Bouhari.
The party’s interim leadership has reportedly pushed for the convention to be moved two weeks to mid-March, but will have to seek Buhari’s approval as APC leader.
This is the same step the Buni-led interim committee took last December when it approached the president to approve the February 26 date, which the president agreed to.
The same scenario can play out when the president can accept the extension of the date of the convention proposed by the party.
Last week, on Tuesday, some governors reportedly showed up at State House for the meeting with the president only to learn of the postponement at the last minute.
Most APC governors are said to have arrived in Abuja on Monday for Tuesday’s meeting before hearing about the cancellation through the Progressive Governors Forum, which is the APC governors’ co-ordinating body.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who was spotted at the Villa earlier on Tuesday, left immediately upon learning that the meeting had been postponed.
Other governors spotted at the State House last week included Ben Ayade of Cross River State; Yahaya Bello from Kogi State; Hope Uzodinma from Imo State and Nasir El-Rufai from Kaduna State who reportedly used the visit to discuss with the President issues affecting their different states.