Ahead of Tuesday’s inauguration of the 9th Assembly, the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of the Progressive Governors Forum have endorsed Senator Ahmad Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for the position of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Speaking on behalf of the governors, the chairman of the forum and Kebbi State governor, Atiku Bagudu, told newsmen that they believe that the leadership of the party took the right decision when they opted to support Lawan and Gbajabiamila for the principal offices.
On other offices, he said they were party offices and that the party will take a decision on that.
Speaking on the crisis in the party, the Progressive Governors’ Chairman said members made comments, but was silent on the position of the governors.
According to him, the governors were solidly behind the President as the leader of the party and were prepared to work with him to take the nation to the next level.
He said: “We equally use the opportunity to deliberate on our support for the leadership of the National Assembly. The governors of the APC have always been unanimous in supporting the party leader, President Muhammadu Buhari and our party in ensuring that we achieve a common purpose.
“Towards that extent, we are all unanimous in our support for Senator Ahmed Lawan for the Senate presidency and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila for the Speaker of the House of Representatives and all governors are in agreement and we will work towards that purpose.”
Asked to react to the crisis in the leadership of APC, he said: “This is an inaugural meeting, at all time there are issues about the party that will obviously be discussed.
“We are cognizant of the things we need to do to strengthen the party particularly emerging from a general election.”
For those kicking against the zoning, he said, “We are urging our members, Senators and members of the House of Reprentatives to support the position of the party and it is encouraging to see that other parties are happy to see the emergence of the unanimous position that has been taken by APC.”
Present at the meeting were governors of Kebbi, Edo, Kwara, Kogi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kano, Jigawa, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Gombe, Niger and the Deputy Governors of Borno and Kaduna states.
Governors of Katsina, Ogun, Ondo and Yobe states were absent and did not send representatives.