The All Progressives Congress governors had been on Monday unable to agree on a standard place on the direct mode of primaries imposed on political events by the National Assembly.
According to Punch, it was gathered that the assembly between the 22 APC governors on Sunday ended with no consensus.
The Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule and the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, reportedly engaged in a disagreement, which both discovered to be offensive through the assembly and will have degenerated right into a battle.
A gathering of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, which was held on the Kebbi State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, reportedly degenerated right into a shouting match between two governors from the North-Central zone when the problem got here up for dialogue.
While some governors stated to be sympathetic to the National Leader of the social gathering, Bola Tinubu, different needed the place of the National Assembly to be upheld, whereas others argued that since democracy was all about selections, events ought to be given choices to select from.
The Nasarawa State Governor, Sule, who is likely one of the greatest advocates of energy returning to the South in 2023, was probably the most vocal and spoke in favour of direct primaries, whereas others who most popular oblique primaries discovered a lead advocate in Kogi State Governor, Bello.
A supply, who spoke on situation of anonymity for worry of retribution, stated, “The meeting started on a friendly note with the governors exchanging banters before getting down to the business of the day.
“They had agreed to propose February as the date for the convention to give room for the President to choose a day at his convenience for the event. This was done after a vote of confidence was passed in the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee and the party congresses held across the nation.
“Trouble, however, started when the issue of the amendment to the Electoral Act as passed by the National Assembly came up. Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, who spoke in favour of the direct primaries, used words which his Kogi State counterpart, Yahaya Bello, felt were offensive, and a war of words ensued.
“It took the intervention of the Chairman of the PGF and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, to restore calm.”
Speaking to newsmen after the assembly, Bagudu stated the governors solely mentioned points bordering on good governance.
When requested what determination was taken with respect to the direct primaries for the selection of candidates, he stated the assembly with the President would current the ultimate determination.
Despite the disagreement, it was learnt that Bagudu alongside Buni and Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State visited the President over the matter.
Bagudu has brazenly criticised the inclusion of the direct main technique within the Electoral Amendment Bill, which has been forwarded to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
However, earlier than the three governors might see the President, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, visited Buhari with a view to convincing him to signal the contentious invoice.