APC Governors urge support for Buhari, dialogue with herdsmen
• Party Flags Off Obaseki’s Campaigns
Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis Progressives Governors Forum have called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari to guide the country through hard times.
Also, the party yesterday, officially presented its governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki, for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, during which the national chairman, Chief John Oyegun, called for a continuation of the developmental strides of the outgoing governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The governors resolved to continue with Forum’s lecture series, saying, “our next lecture will be held in Kaduna.”
Rising from their meeting in Benin City, Edo State capital, yesterday, the governors expressed optimism that things would get better for the country.
They enjoined governors in various states where there have been clashes between the people and suspected Fulani herdsmen to meet with the herdsmen with a view to stemming the occurrences.
Speaking to journalists on behalf of the Forum, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, said the governors also discussed the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.
He said: “We are here to look into the coming gubernatorial election in Edo State and have resolved to support our candidate, Godwin Obaseki and we have also set up a Campaign Council comprising former governors just to make sure that Edo people do not go back to the days of darkness
“We also deliberated on the issues of Fulani herdsmen and the crisis we have had as a result of some of their activities and we have requested that all governors should engage the Fulanis in their areas with a view to finding a lasting solution and avoid further clashes from now henceforth.
“We also looked at the issue of Ondo election and we have resolved to ensure that our party comes up with a credible candidate for the election that will give the party victory; a committee has been set up to look into Ondo and ensure victory for the party.”
Speaking during the rally, Oyegun said it was heart warming that Edo state is not among the 27 states of the federation that are not able to pay salaries, attributing it to the work done by Oshiomhole and Obaseki, who he said has been the chairman of the state Economic Management Team for the past seven and a half years.
Oyegun who spoke at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium venue of the event said the only true way to appreciate the administration’s development stride is to vote in the party’s candidate.