APC governors split over tenure elongation for Oyegun, others

APC governors split over tenure elongation for Oyegun, others

Chris Steven, Abuja

Heated argument ensued on Tuesday among governors elected under the platform of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), over the tenure elongation of the John Odigie-Oyegun led executive and other party officials.

The meeting was held to discuss the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari who asked the party to rescind its earlier decision to extend the tenure of party officials, stressing that the tenure extension was undemocratic, violates the constitution and may attract needless legal tussles.

The APC had earlier at its NEC meeting on February 28 extended the tenure of members of National Working Committee (NWC) led by Mr Odigie-Oyegun by one year.

The decision did not go down well with a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who had been in conflict with the national chairman of the party.

The meeting, which held inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa to resolve the impasse, lasted for over one hour.

The governors however refused to speak with State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

At the end of the meeting, both the chairman of APC Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, and the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, declined comments.

Governors Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna and Simon Lalong of Plateau simply said they (governors) have agreed “not to speak to the media.”

There are indications that the governors as they filed out of the Villa, it was apparent that no common ground has been forged on the contentious matter.

A source, however, revealed that the governors had a heated debate over the tenure elongation of party officials.

“I am not sure what happened inside the Chamber could be called a real meeting, they were simply fighting,” the source, who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media said.