The All Progressives Congress (APC) has moved a step further as its governors met with President Muhmmadu Buhari and later with the leadership of the party to assess the fallout of the primaries conducted across the country,
The meetings were conducted as a family to boost the morale of stakeholders and find a way of getting out stronger from such quagmire.
They are of the conviction that the party would come out stronger after primaries across the states of the federation.
They spoke in Abuja after a closed door meeting with Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman, of the party.
They noted that the challenges that followed the party’s primaries in some states were normal in a big and vibrant party like the APC.
Gov. Abudull’ azi Yari of Zamfara said they were in Abuja to meet with the party’s national chairman to find a way forward following matters arising from the party’s primaries in some states.
He expressed optimism that the party would come out stronger as one family from whatever challenge it may be facing, saying that it was sure of electoral victory in 2019.
He added that resolutions had been made and that steps were being taken to address the situations and ensure better understanding.
“We are working hard and faster to ensure that we got these things done so that we can go for the Presidential National Convention on Saturday, Oct. 6.’’
He, however, said that the governors were particularly concerned about INEC’s deadline for the conclusion of party primaries which is Oct. 7.
“We are concerned because if we are not having candidates anywhere by Oct. 7, that automatically means we are not fielding candidates for the positions,” he said.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi said that the meeting was convened by the party’s national chairman, adding that the governors collectively exchanged ideas and made suggestions on the way forward.
“We have had the Presidential Direct Primary and it went well. There were about thousands of party members across the state, who turned out in 225 wards, and they all voted in support of President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s candidate in the 2019 general election,” he said.
He noted that while the primaries went well in some states, there were challenges in others, because according to him, it is a human process.
“It is a human process, and there are bound to be issues and challenges in one or two places because it is a dynamic process, everything will be resolved.
“I am quite pleased with what is happening. We are ready and tomorrow we will be on our way to participate in the last legal act of making President Muhammadu Buhari the 2019 presidential flag bearer of the APC,” he said.
Also speaking, Gov.Rochas Okorocha of Imo, said party primaries normally comes with challenges, especially in a democratic structure.
“The APC do have some challenges in some states and we have come to soften the rough edges so we can rebuild unity in the party and ensure that aggrieved persons are settled.
“We are here to look at what to do, and of course you know our party believe in free, fair, justice and equity.