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APC Governors Shun Meeting With Oshiomhole

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A meeting convened on Thursday by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, was shunned by majority of governors of the ruling party.

Out of about nineteen governors of the APC, only two attended the meeting called by Oshiomhole and the party’s National Executive Committee.

The two governors were those of Niger State, Sani Bello and Plateau State, Simon Lalong.

The ruling party’s chairman had said the meeting was for the party and its chieftains to familiarize with 20 governorship candidates of the party ahead of the general elections in 2019.

At the meeting, Oshiomhole charged the party’s governorship candidates to run inclusive and issue-based campaigns ahead of the polls.

The chairman also warned APC governors against supporting candidates of other parties, the warning which comes few days after aggrieved governors such as Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun promised to work for their candidates who had lost at the primary elections of the party.

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“I call on governorship candidates to run an issue-based campaign based on the unprecedented achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration which is evident in all the states of the federation,” Mr Oshiomhole said at the meeting that held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.

“The party’s governorship candidates should run an inclusive campaign by bringing onboard former aspirants and domesticate ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts undertaken by the National Working Committee (NWC),” he said.

“We are obligated as a party to market between now and 20th of March, 2019 not only our party members but to all Nigerians who are of voting age.

“I thought it is also helpful that the candidates themselves know one another.”

The APC Chairman said, “I guess in some states, some of the executives were able to maintain that level of neutrality and in some other states, the story was different as we read in the newspapers of some state organs interfering with the process. So, we imagined that there could have been some cries and some quarrels.”

He added the ruling party will play its “part and we should have far more governors after next year’s election than we have at the moment.”

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