Majority of governors of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, were on Thursday absent at a meeting called by the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, and the party’s National Executive Committee.
Mr Oshiomhole said 20 new governorship candidates of the party and nine sitting governors were expected at the meeting, which he said was being held to get to know the governorship candidates.
But it was observed that only two governors were present: Niger State Governor, Sani Bello; and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong.
The meeting commenced at about 12:10 p.m. and lasted for about two hours and Journalists were only allowed to observe the commencement of the meeting.
At the meeting, the APC urged its candidates to run inclusive and issue-based campaigns. It also warned its leaders in the states against supporting candidates of other parties.
This warning comes as APC govenrors in states like Ogun and Imo have already declared their intention to support candidates of other parties for some elective positions. Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha of Ogun and Imo could not get their preferred candidates to emerge as governorship candidates of the APC and thus encouraged them to join other parties.
Thursday’s consultative meeting of the APC NWC was presided over by its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and attended by some of the party’s governorship candidates, state chairmen and state secretaries. The event was held at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.