Governors of the All Progressives Congress in the south west region and a former national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande on Wednesday night met behind closed doors in Abeokuta.
Though they would not reveal details of the clandestine meeting, there are speculations that they may have discussed the seeming crack in the party, and issues relating to a national leader of the party from their region, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.
Those in attendance included Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) as well as the host, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun).
It was an unscheduled meeting, which held for about one hour, with all participants refusing to talk to newsmen who were waiting outside the venue of the meeting when they emerged.
Chief Akande who responded to a question thrown to him whether the meeting was called to talk about the crisis in the ruling party, replied reluctantly that “there is no crisis in the party, we are one”.
Ajimobi who was in a rush to drive away was also bombarded by the reporters on why he was absent at the Ondo APC rally retorted: “Some of us were out of the country. Me, for example, I was in China”.
An aide to one of the governors who was contacted by Ripples Nigeria on what the meeting was all about simply said, “I really don’t know because we were also not allowed in, but I’m sure Baba’s (Tinubu) issue must be part of it”.
It should be recalled that earlier this week, five south west governors met in Oyo state to discuss how they can galvanise their strengths to put the Yoruba nation in the forefront of Nigerian politics irrespective of their dichotomies in political parties.
Asiwaju Tinubu has lately been a topic of discussions in the APC, with his absence from the mega rally of the party in Ondo State throwing up a lot of dust.
His call for the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has gone almost ignored, with different reactions from party stalwarts, leading many to suspect that his influence within the party may be waning.
By Joseph Emmanuel….
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