All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and top leaders of the party will meet with the Edo State governorship candidate, Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in Abuja tomorrow, to review the preparations for the September 19 election and fine-tune strategies on how to win the poll.
But the internal wrangling within the party has continued unabated as one of its chieftains, Mr. Kalu Agu, has instituted a court action challenging the dissolution of the Mr. Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
However, in a swift reaction, the party said members seeking a solution to their grievances in the courts should embrace the dispute resolution mechanism of the party.
It also slammed some governorship aspirants in Ondo State protesting the mode of primary to be adopted by the party to conduct the July 20 primary, saying that aspirants cannot impose the mode of primary on the party.
The meeting of the APC leaders, according to insiders, is at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was said to have directed them to ensure that the party wins the September governorship election in Edo State by deploring all their resources in mobilising the electorate for the party’s candidate.
The reporters gathered last night that Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State who doubles as chairman of APC Governors’ Forum; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, who is also the Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, are deeply involved in the strategic meeting.
The meeting, which will also be attended by the party’s National Caretaker Committee members, is coming at a time some of the party’s National Campaign Council for Edo State Election members have relocated to Benin City, the state capital, to help strengthen the campaign structures.
Former member, House of Representatives and Vice-Chairman, APC National Campaign Council for the September 19 Governorship Elections in Edo State, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, told journalists that Ize-Iyamu is unbeatable in the forthcoming elections.
Describing the APC candidate as a ‘’grassroots politician,’’ he said Ize-Iyamu is a man that has shown a single-minded determination to the politics of the state all his life.
He added that this intuitive commitment has won him a lot of committed loyalists all over the state, Nigeria and in the Diaspora.