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APC Leadership Crisis: Govs Invite Senators For Peace Talks

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By Patrick Aigbokhan

Following the leadership tussle currently ongoing among the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators at the National Assembly, state governors of the party have resolved to intervene to restore sanity and order among the senators.

The state governors, who are currently expressing concern over the crisis, have therefore decided to invite their senators and prevail on them on the need to respect party supremacy in any matter.
The governors took the decision at a late night meeting which they held behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, ending in the early hours of Wednesday.

The meeting, which started at about 11pm on Tuesday, was attended by 16 APC governors.
At the end of the meeting, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State told State House correspondents that he and his colleagues were worried by developments in the National Assembly and decided to rub minds with the President on the matter.
He said they also used the opportunity of the meeting to commend the President on the steps he has taken so far to address the issue of the economy of the nation which he said was literally in shambles.
Okorocha described the meeting with the President as very reassuring, adding that there is light at the dark end of the tunnel.
He said, “With all these achievements and progress we are making, we are worried by the pockets of disagreements going on at the National Assembly.
“We have resolved that we came from a party and our party’s views should be respected.
“So, we feel that there is the need for us to invite our senators and look more into the matter and see how we can all make peace.
“We believe that everyone should respect our party from which we all came and for that reason, we have decided that we are going to invite our senators and rub minds with them.
“We are saying that there should not be a winner-takes-it-all; that we should carry everybody along and accommodate others as suggested by the party.”
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, who was also at the meeting, said all they agreed on was that senators should adopt the position of the party.
“We were all elected on the platform of the party. We are not just a collection of individuals, we are a political party and when the party has spoken we must listen, otherwise if it was a game of individuals like golf, then individuals can go their way.
“I think it is very clear at this point that the party has the responsibility to keep the system going; so we as progressive governors, we have listened to the President and we have discussed extensively and we are clear that the party’s position should be supported by the senators.
“This is the way it should be and we should start on a note of working closely. We as governors, we listen to the party, we expect our senators to also listen to the party.
“We are going to call them and tell them this is it and explain our reasons, it is about party supremacy.”

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