Atiku Abubakar Mentioned In Today’s Emergency Meeting With President Buhari, As APC Governors Reveal Groundbreaking 2019 Campaign Strategy

By Post-Nigeria: October 10, 2018 20:38

Atiku Abubakar Mentioned In Today’s Emergency Meeting With President Buhari, As APC Governors Reveal Groundbreaking 2019 Campaign Strategy

The Governors elected under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have said that they will campaign strictly based on “issues”, in 2019.

This was revealed by the Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, while speaking with State House Correspondents, after he led some of his colleagues to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday.

The meeting took place inside the President’s office at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Okorocha said that they came to congratulate Buhari on his emergence as the party’s sole Presidential Candidate, and to also discuss the crisis bedevilling the party, following its primary elections, which held last week.

“Our election this time will not engage in castigations, we will be talking on issues. Nigerians are tired of political abuses, what we want to be talking about are issues, and track records of people involved in our elections”, the Governor said.

Okorocha disclosed that they decided to adopt this campaign method, because they realise that: “Nigerians are very wise now; before they elect anybody, the will ask questions, what has been your track record, who were you before, and who are you now, and everything about you. For that reason, we are confident that 2019, APC will pull through”, he said.

He noted that they also discussed the crisis that followed the conduct of primaries across the APC States.

“We have also looked at issues concerning our primaries. In every democracy, expect some kind of disagreements, and we have kindly requested that something be done to bring all warring factions together, so we can have a united party to face the challenges ahead”, he said.

Okorocha, however, said that most of the problems have been solved, except for one or two States.

The crisis was more pronounced in Zamfara State, which made it impossible for the APC to conduct primary elections.

Okorocha stated that they have already asked for Buhari’s help to “intervene in the matter”.

He said that they told Buhari that he must ensure reconciliation of all aggrieved factions, ahead of the 2019 elections.

“What is important to us is that we must not go into this battle a divided family, and we want to make sure that all Governors are intact, all National Assembly members are intact, while going into this battle. We will never speak differently, we will speak as united Leaders of the party”, he said.

The Governor also spoke about the emergence of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as the Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 Presidential election.

He said that the ruling party is not bothered, because “history is there to speak”.

“Like I said, we are not going to get involved in this verbal war with anybody, we will be talking about issues. If you say, look you are not good, we will tell you what we can do, and what we cannot do, and what others cannot do.

“So, APC is not going to engage in those kinds of talk show, but we will discuss on what our party can do for the people”, he said.

Okorocha also added that they have asked Buhari to fix a date for the Governors to hold a special parley with him.

He revealed that the President expressed happiness with the decision.

“He is looking for a date to invite the Governors to celebrate him, and tell the world about our joy and happiness that he emerged as our Presidential flag bearer, which is victory assured 2019”, he said.

Also speaking, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, stated that the decision by the Governors is a welcome development.

He said that the APC is one “big family”, and that in a contest such as the party’s primaries, there are bound to be winners and losers, “but in the spirit of the game of politics, which is like any other sport, after the game is over, whoever has emerged victorious must be magnanimous and gracious in his victory, and whoever has lost out, should also accept it in the spirit of sportsmanship.”

He said that the proposed parley with the Governors, will help the APC, “quickly heal wounds and bring the family together for the greater task ahead.”

On the mode of campaigning proposed by the Governors, Mustapha said that the APC administration performed creditably well.

“This morning, I had the privilege of laying before the Council a compendium of the policies and programmes and projects initiated and implemented by this government, in two and a half years.

“A 1042 page document, not stories, facts of what we have been able to achieve; and I think we have set the tone that this campaign will be driven by issues; this campaign must be predicated upon what you are able to bring to the table for the people of Nigeria. It is not going to be a noisy campaign, anybody preparing for noise, should be prepared to receive defeat in February of 2019”, the SGF said

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