Stakeholders in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have met again to rally support for the tenure extension of the current National Caretaker Committee u derby the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state.
The stakeholders include some governors, the leadership of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), forum of the APC state chairmen and forum of non-NWC NEC members of the party.
The meeting which held Thursday evening in Abuja, behind a closed doors, had Governors Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa and Yahaya Bello of Kogi states.
Speaking with the newsmen after the meeting, the convener and immediate passed national vice-chairman of the party, Comrade Salihu Mustapha, said they had a fruitful deliberation.
“This meeting is highly symbolic with regards to unity of the party. I as the Parton of the joint Forum convened this meeting like eight months ago, also when we had serious tussle within NWC that time we declined giving any press statement because of the sensitive nature of the time. But this time around that we have unity in the party, we have the effrontery to come out and stand before the cameras to tell you that we are one united family,” he said.
When asked whether or not the meeting deliberated on tenure extension for the National Caretaker Committee, Mustapha said: “In the first place, the Caretaker Committee doesn’t have tenure; they only have a timeline to actualise the mandate given to them. They don’t have tenure because they were not voted for.”
On 2023 general elections, the APC chieftain said the meeting did not consider such topic.
“We are talking about governance now. People should understand that there is time for governance, there is time for politics. When you start talking about 2023 now, I don’t think we are fair to Nigerians that gave us this mandate.”