Emerging report indicates that the Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are scheduled to meet with the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu.
The meeting, which is believed to be connected to last-minute efforts to ensure that the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, clinches the party’s ticket for the forthcoming Governorship election in the State, is scheduled to hold today (Sunday).
It was not however, clear if the Governors would meet with the former Lagos State Governor at his Bourdillon residence, in Ikoyi, or it would be a virtual meeting.
Nonetheless, a source privy to the development said that the meeting is at the instance of the Governors, noting that, a Delegation of the Governors would meet with Tinubu to seek his intervention, preparatory to further talks with President Muhammadu Buhari on the issue.
The source said: “The meeting with Tinubu is essentially to seek his intervention in the crisis rocking the party in Edo State. Part of the conditions being worked on, which the Governor is expected to meet, is to swear-in the remaining members of the State House Assembly, who have yet to be sworn-in.”
About a year after the Assembly was inaugurated, only 10 out of the 24 Members of the Assembly had so far been sworn-in. This is due to the crisis that surrounded the issuance of the proclamation of the Assembly, by the Governor.
In defence of the action, the Governor claimed that those who had yet to assume Office, refused to be sworn-in.
Talking about the peace move, a top-ranking party source said: “The train has since left the station. It is too late in the day to find a common ground on the Obaseki issue.
“We expect all Aspirants (Governorship) to go to the field to test their popularity. This is the language of democracy.”
Conversely, another party source said: “In politics, nothing is cast in stone. Old foes can become friends with the right incentives. After all, there are no permanent friends or enemies.”
One of the APC Governors, who also spoke on the issue, said that he and his colleagues would do whatever they can do to save Obaseki, out of what he called the “gang up against one of us”.
He disclosed that the Governors would not want Obaseki to be treated “as an outsider, when those ganging up against him are not accusing him of non-performance”.
He added: “We will see what we can do to make things right. Whatever is in our power as Progressives Governors, we would do in the interest of our party, and in the interest of the people of Edo State. We may also see the President on the issue.”
Asked if the direct primary election sanctioned by the party at the national level is not meant to swing the result of the Governorship primary against Obaseki, the source said “we shall see”.
Notwithstanding, the party’s National Organising Secretary, Emma Ibidiro, has continued to assure all Aspirants that the party will ensure that everyone is treated fairly.
He said: “The APC is a party that is given to observing the rule of law, our constitution, and the guidelines in all our activities, and I want to assure the Aspirants that this party will offer every Aspirant the level playing ground.
“I want to assure you that contrary to what people may think, I am very optimistic that the forthcoming primary will prove this party, as a party that will be fair to all concerned.”
Also, the party’s National Vice Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, expressed confidence that the party would come out stronger after its primary in Edo State.
“True democracy demands the involvement of citizens in decision making. For us as a political party, we will continue to give all our members a voice.
“Edo is an APC State, and we intend to keep it so with the support of Edo citizens and residents, who will be voting in that election. Our primary is an internal party business, we will ensure justice and fairness to all.”