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PGF refutes rift between two governors over direct primary

By Adamu Abuh, Abuja
24 November 2021   |   4:07 am
Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, has refuted claims that there was a face-off between Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello...

Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman

Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman, has refuted claims that there was a face-off between Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State and his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello over the use of the direct primary in picking candidates for elective positions.

He described a report on the alleged face-off between the governors at a parley by the APC governors in Abuja as “fake news,” adding that the meeting was conducted in a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere devoid of any disagreement over issues that were deliberated upon.

Lukman, who advised media practitioners to be guided by the ethics of journalism practice, insisted that direct primary was not discussed at the parley chaired by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

“The issue of direct primary did not come up during the meeting, because it was not on the agenda. The key issue was what the Chairman of PGF and governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, briefed the media about. It was about the national convention of the party and how to promote good governance.

“The truth is, there was harmony among all governors on the right way to go. They agreed to be united and ensure that they continue consultations to make sure that all the problems of the party are resolved.

“There was no disagreement among the governors. Whoever planted the story, did it deliberately to misdirect the public, because there was no face-off,” he said.

Continuing, he said: “There was no tension during the meeting. The governors, who were said to have fought each other, sat beside each other throughout the meeting and there was no argument between them.

“The media should restrain from publishing stories based on the script they are given. If the media involve in speculation to create stories aimed at popularising their platforms, they will only harm themselves, because the story of a face-off between the governors is fake news.”