All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum Chairman, Rochas Okorocha, has lifted the lid on why state governors on the platform of the ruling party met with Acting President Osinbajo.
The Imo state governor spoke after he led his colleagues to a meeting with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa yesterday.
The outspoken governor enumerated activities binding on the party’s progress as key reason for the meeting.
Fielding questions from journalists on why the party has delayed its national convention, Okorocha, insisted that the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari or Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, cannot stop the All Progressives Congress (APC), from holding its national convention.
He explained that the party was trying to resolve other issues, before they can announce a date for the convention.
“We came to discuss issues relating to our party and our government and how to move our party forward.
“We discussed a lot of issues on how to move the party forward, how to strengthen the party and how to make sure our party remains victorious in all elections. Very soon we will have a convention. That is part of the things we are discussing.
“The convention not taking place has nothing to do with the absence of the President or the Acting President. We are just putting our house in order and making sure things are in the right form before we kick off,” Okorocha said.
The Governor also dismissed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as no threat to APC.
Okorocha said: “PDP is a non issue; we don’t even care about that. We defeated them when they were in power, so what is different when we are now in power?”
Earlier, Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, said the illness of Buhari had put the party’s national convention on hold.
He said Buhari’s absence has so far made it impossible for a meeting of the party’s national executive committee to take place.
We have been on this matter of convention but you know that the president is the leader of this party, one, before getting to the convention, there is some kind of process, the national working committee (NWC) must agree on the time and at the same time we have to adopt what the report submitted by the national working committee to the larger NEC members which the president must be in attendance as a leader of the party and you know the situation of our president,” Yari said.
“We have been fixing time but because of his illness we are unable to hold the meeting but we have to put a kind of process in place so that we can at least a mid-term convention, it is not an elective convention.”
Yari said the party’s leaders will meet with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on the matter.
“We have agreed collectively that we are going to meet with acting president. He should understand that he is acting in capacity of the president of the country as well as the vice-president,” he said.
The governor said the party’s congresses would hold on July 29 across states ahead of the convention.