President Muhammad Buhari on Tuesday met with members of the Progressives Governors Forum, comprising all governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It is believed the meeting was called as part of efforts to reach a consensus on the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.
Vice President Osinbajo was conspicuously missing at the meeting.
At the meeting, Buhari charged the governors to ensure the party’s victory in the 2023 elections.
The President appealed to all stakeholders to ensure a unified front despite disparate interests in order to foster confidence in Nigerians
“As we approach the Convention, I appeal to all of you to allow our interests to converge, our focus to remain on the changing dynamics of our environment, the expectations of our citizens and the global community.
“Our objective must be the victory of our party and our choice of candidate must be someone who would give the Nigerian masses a sense of victory and confidence even before the elections,” Buhari stated.
He reiterated the importance of ensuring the ruling party remains at the helm of affairs.
Buhari said, “I recognize the compelling need for me to provide stronger leadership to the Party under this transition process and to ensure that it happens in an orderly manner.
“Such leadership is required so that the Party remains strong and united. It is also needed to improve our electoral fortunes by ensuring that it retains power at the center, hold the great majority in various legislative chambers and also gain additional number of states at state levels.
“In pursuit of the foregoing objectives, the Party has successfully established internal policies that promote continuity and smooth succession plans even at the state and local government levels. For example, first term Governors who have served credibly well have been encouraged to stand for re-election. Similarly, second term Governors have been accorded the privilege of promoting successors that are capable of driving their visions as well as the ideals of the party.”
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