President Buhari meets APC Governors in Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari is in a closed-door meeting with the Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum. 

The meeting is being held at the council chamber of the State House, Abuja. 

Present at the meeting include governors of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, Imo State, Hope Uzodimma; Zamfara State, Bello Matawale; Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu; Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun; Yobe State, Mai Bala-Buni; Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje; Niger State, Sani Bello and Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

The Agenda of the meeting is largely unknown but it might be connected with the allegations of the presidency working against the presidential ambition of Bola Tinubu.

However, according to a post by the  Presidential Campaign Council of the APC on Thursday, the discussion in the meeting will also centre on the naira redesigning and fuel scarcity, two issues which have increased the Nigerians’ dissatisfaction with the ruling party.

“On the agenda of the governors are issues of the nationwide fuel scarcity and the new Naira notes that have caused social and economic stress for Nigerians especially small businesses who rely on daily cash transactions,” the post reads.

Over the past couple of weeks, the redesigning of some banknotes by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the short deadline have pitched some persons in the ruling party against the administration.

On Wednesday, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State accused some elements in the Presidency of working against the victory of the ruling party at the polls. He equally dissociated the APC from some of the policies of the current administration.

In another interview on a TV programme, El-Rufai, a member of APC, said the party will defeat the “cabal” at the poll.

Also, the Kano State governor, Umar Ganduje, a very close ally of Tinubu, recently wrote a letter to Buhari ahead of his visit to Kano State, stating disquietness in his state against the administration over the naira redesigning.

Although the president later visited the state after the extension of the deadline for the legality of the old naira notes, there were reports that some angry youth allegedly stoned the convoy of the president.

Earlier, Tinubu had let the cat out of the bag when he stated that the redesigning of the naira and fuel scarcity are deliberate and targeted against his election.

Tinubu, in a statement, made in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said he will win the election despite the attempt to stop him.

The statement further fueled the speculation that there is a rift between President Buhari and Tinubu.

However, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Friday said Mr Buhari was committed to the election of the former Lagos State governor as president.

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