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APC Govs: We’ll Not Impose Presidential Candidate

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IMAGE: Chief Rochas Okorocha, Imo State Governor and also the chairman of the Progressive Governors’ forum »


Governors of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Wednesday declared that they  would not impose any presidential aspirant of the party on its leadership during the forthcoming presidential primary of the party.

The governors, who met under the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, also demanded a separate meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan over the dwindling federal revenue allocations to the 36 states of the federation, saying they do not believe that Nigeria is broke.

The Chairman of the forum and Governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, disclosed this after the three-hour meeting at the Kwara State Government House in Ilorin.

According to him, “There will be no imposition of candidate in our party because our forum has not adopted any candidate. We  shall encourage consensus and dialogue within the leadership  of the party  and aspirants to see how we come up with a candidate but where that is not possible, like true progressives, we shall have a free and fair primaries from the APC”.

Okorocha added: “Our  forum is in full support of  consensus as one of the ways to produce our presidential candidate or any candidate in the party for as long as it is done with regards to respect to internal democracy.”

On the dwindling federal revenue allocations to the 36 states of the federation, Okorocha. said most states would not be able to pay their workers salaries unless President Jonathan take urgent steps to redress the situation.

He said the forum cautioned the presidency against playing politics with issues that affect the lives of Nigerians, saying that “this idea of cutting down what goes to the state in terms of revenue does not promote democracy and good governance.

“We don’t know why our counterparts in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are not talking on this issue of dwindling revenue allocation to states; may be they are getting something from somewhere, we don’t know.

“President Jonathan must take immediate action to redress this ugly situation because most states may not be able to pay workers salaries unless there is an improvement on their revenue from the federation account,” he stated.

He assured Nigerians of the preparedness of the APC to provide the long awaited presidential candidate that would deliver Nigerians from its present predicament, adding that the forum “encourages Nigerians to pray for a successful, free and fair general election in 2015.”
The forum also honored the former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, at the meeting.

Okorocha, on behalf of his colleagues, saluted Fayemi “for a commendable show of character and a successful tenure in office having handed over the office of the new governor on October 16.”

He added: “Acknowledging that you had great vision for the state with the achievements you recorded, history cannot say that you were without a purpose. Your humility and show of sportsmanship after the announcement of a result different from what majority of Nigerians expected and would have preferred to be outcome of the June 21 election leaves us, your brothers and colleagues, in admiration of you.

“In a free and fair democratic system, the voice of the people is sacrosanct. It is the thrust on which the foundation of good governance, transparency and accountability are built. It is a voice that must be respected. But whether the voice that supposedly spoke on election day is really the voice of the people is another matter. The people of Ekiti whom you served so well and so honourably will live to tell. Needless to say that you have carved your name in gold in the annals of Ekiti State, in our great party and the political history of Nigeria.

You have shown to the world what it means to be progressive and your conduct, both in and out of office will always be a point of reference so we enjoin you to continue in your good stride, never forgetting your strengths of humility, hard work and steadfastness in fighting for the good of the people and the eventual development of our country Nigeria.”

Responding, the elated Fayemi enthused: “I am elated and full of gratitude for the support and solidarity that you extended to me as a member of this forum and as a former governor of Ekiti State. That I had served as a governor is even a rear privilege but to have served alongside you as a member of this forum is a greater opportunity as a Nigerian. This group has played a critical role in the formation of our party because it was our maiden meeting in Lagos that gave us the name progressive. I shall miss this body greatly.”

Fayemi however assured the forum that he would forever remain a progressive, and will continue to make his impact felt in the country, Ekiti State and the APC.

The APC governors present at the meeting were the host Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Raufu Aregbesola (Osun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Okorocha who is also the chairman of the forum.

Those absent are Adam Oshiomhole (Edo), Aliyu Wammakko (Sokoto), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), AbdulAzeez Yari (Zamfara) and Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa).

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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