The major headlines in mainstream newspapers today, Friday, October 5, are focused on the meeting between nine APC governors and President Buhari, over the handling of the party’s primaries in states; and matters pertaining to the Saturday, October 6 national convention of the PDP.
Punch reports that some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, October 4, over the party’s rancorous primaries in different parts of the country.
The governors, who met with the president at the Aso Rock Villa, reportedly protested against the handling of the primaries by the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee of the APC.
Their complaints ranged from alleged injustice in the governorship primaries to the omission of their loyalists from the list of the party’s senatorial aspirants.
The Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state kicked against the conduct of the governorship primaries in their states by the NWC, while the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; and his Nasarawa state counterpart, Tanko Al-Makura, were bitter because of the removal of their loyalists from the list.
The Guardian also reports that APC governor stormed Aso Rock on Thursday, for emergency talks with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The visit followed the turbulent conduct of the party’s primaries across the country and concerns by the governors that they have been deprived of their powers to influence political trends in their states.
The publication notes that the governors’ action is reminiscent of a similar intervention in 2017 when trouble over the party’s mid-term convention and the fate of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun National Working Committee (NWC) rocked the boat.
This time, however, the disquiet is being caused as a result of the party’s attempt to select its candidates, preparatory to the 2019 elections, through the contentious direct primary method.
In line with the two previous publications, Vanguard also reports that nine APC governors stormed the Presidential Villa, Abuja, to protest alleged attempts by the party’s national leadership to undermine the stability of the party in their respective states.
Being mindful of the fact that all parties must conclude all issues pertaining to primaries to select candidates for political offices by October 7, the governors took their case to the president.
According to the publication, the fuming governors, specifically accused the party’s national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of undermining them by protecting some senators who the governors had prepared for the axe.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, who is the chairman of the APC Governors Forum, said the ongoing primaries, especially as they pertained to his state, had introduced a fresh dimension to electoral fraud in the country.
Moving on to issues in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, however, The Nation reports that a delegates list crisis is likely to occur at the party’s convention.
The party handed over the list of delegates to its 13 presidential aspirants for scrutiny, on Thursday, October 4; and all the aspirants have reportedly engaged coordinators to screen the list for loopholes.
However, it was reportedly discovered that the list is incomplete as it does not have the names of many delegates from Lagos, Borno and Kano.
Speaking in confidence, a source reportedly stated: “We have received the list of delegates from the party. We have engaged experts, coordinators and experienced hands in party convention to screen the list. The immediate challenge is the discovery that the list is incomplete because it does not contain the exact number of delegates from Lagos, Borno and Kano.”
Still on issues relating to the PDP national convention, This Day reports that in a bid to ensure a rancour-free outcome for the exercise taking place on Saturday, October 6, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party met again with its 12 presidential aspirants, on Thursday night, October 4.
The meeting held against the background of an alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the federal government to scuttle the convention.
The development was confirmed by the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who explained that the meeting was convened to brief the aspirants on the arrangements made to ensure that the presidential primary is free, fair and transparent.
The publication also reports that the frontline aspirants, including former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal and former Kano state governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, were engaged in intense mobilisation of the party’s delegates, ahead of the national convention.
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