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Primary Elections: Buhari, APC Governors In Emergency Meeting Over Planned Showdown  With Oshiomole

The need to prevent the various complaints trailing the ongoing Primary elections of the All Progressive Congress(APC)  from snowballing into a major crisis between governors of the APC controlled states and the party’s chairman, Adams Oshiomole,  may have forced President Muhammadu Buhari to call for  an urgent meeting with the governors, ThePage has learnt.

Sources close to the seat of power told Thepage that the President and the governors are meeting today to ” among other discussions, iron issues out. especially as it affects the primary elections in the states.”

According to a source, some of the governors whose candidates for various elections have been axed  by the National Working Committee as supervised by Oshiomole are  said to be creating serious tension within the party as some of the governors have either threatened to quit the party or take the NWC to court.

Some of the governors were also said to be unhappy with the way their Lagos counterpart, Akinwunmi Ambode was humiliated out of the gubernatorial race, especially with the role played by the NWC in upholding what was believed to be a fraudulent primary election against Ambode.

The Ogun state governor,  Ibukunle Amosun, his Ondo  and Kaduna Counterparts, Rotimi Akeredolu and Nasir El Rufai are said to be other governors with issues to iron out with the party chairman.

Before now, the Ondo state governor, Akeredolu had threatened a show down, following the automatic return tickets given to some serving federal lawmakers from the state at the instance of  the NWC without his consultation.

Some of the beneficiaries of the NWC gesture are Senators Ajayi Borofice and Alasoadura believed to be sworn enemies of the governor.

While Borofice  is believed to be loyal to the party leader, Bola Tinubu, Alasoadura is believed to belong to the Saraki group.  With the automatic tickets granted them to recontest for  their seats, the plans of the sitting governor to replace them with his own men has crashed and this is causing serious unrest within the party, hence the urgent intervention of the President, said our source.

The governors expected at the meeting include  Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rochas Okorocha (imo), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Sani Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), and Tanko Almakura (Nasarawa)

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