APC united, ready for March 26 convention – Govs

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By Abdullahi Mohammed, Abuja

Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said Tuesday that the party is united and ready for the its national convention scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 26, 2022.Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum and governor of Kebbi state Mr Abubakar Atiku Bagudu said this in an interview with State House correspondents after the governors had a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“I am not aware of any altercation or problem between the Governors but as a body, the 22 Governors of the APC are united behind the party and behind the President,” he said.He said the governors were in the State House to congratulate the President for signing the Electoral Act, which will facilitate the conduct of credible elections next year.

“Today Tuesday, 1st of March, a number of APC Governors came to the President to congratulate him concerning the Electoral Act. This is something many Nigerians have expressed different views about.“But the President has once again taken a courageous step even while having observations, signed the law and requested the National Assembly to look at it. So, we equally congratulate the National Assembly for passage of the amendment as well as the President for signing the amendment.“Secondly, our party the All Progressives Congress participated in a number of by-elections last weekend and equally we congratulated the President and also spoke about other issues that concern our party,” he said.He also commented on reports in some quarters that governors still have reservations on the new Electoral Act, he stressing that APC governors were united.

 “I have always had course to address this matter, legislation everywhere in the world is based on continuous improvement. Constitutions that are over 200 years old are subject to reviews sometimes and such reviews are not cut and dry; even people who truly believe in the need for a legislation may have worries about the implications of it.

“Governors were never against the principle of amending laws. They are never against the National Assembly but even among members of the National Assembly there is debate. To imagine that some legislations are punitive to the Governors or punitive to the National Assembly, I think that will be tantamount to negation of the oath of office for whoever is participating in doing that,” he said.He said plans were on for the national convention of the APC to hold on  March 26 as scheduled.Those present at the meeting were Governors of Ekiti, Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna,  Katsina, Osun, Kogi, Zamfara, Imo, Plateau and Niger states.