Buhari grants audience to presidential aspirant, hours to convention



President Muhammadu Buhari is reportedly meeting with Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi State and one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, hours to the party’s convention.

The meeting, according to multiple reports, is currently holding at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Governor Yahaya is among the 23 presidential aspirants of the APC cleared to contest for the primary of the party and like others, he is yet to show any signed of backing down on his ambition.

Though APC governors from the north have resolved that power should shift to the south, the Kogi State governor stood his ground against the resolution.

He was also reported on Monday to have shun the governors’ meeting with the president but was later seen in a viral video storming out of a building while governors of Borno and Nassara were intervening in calming him down. Governor Yahaya has on Sunday described the northern governors’ decision a ‘self opinion’ and not binding on the party.

He was quoted by TheCable saying that, ‘going by that statement, if assuming, without conceding, that such statement came from some of my colleagues, it is just self-opinion.

‘It is not binding on Nigerians, it is not binding on me, it is not binding on the party because PGF north is not an organ of the party. It is not binding on northerners and Nigerians, generally,’ he said.

The agenda of the meeting between the president and Governor Yahaya is no known at the time of filling this report.

However, the meeting will likely resolve the governor’s stand on whether to step down or go ahead to slug it out in the primaries.

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