President Muhammadu Buhari has met with governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the party’s national convention.
The APC fixed its national convention to produce its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections for June 6 and 7.
The meeting with President Buhari was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. All members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum were represented apart from Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai who was represented by his Deputy.
Abdullahi Adamu, APC national chairman; Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF); and Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to the president, were present at the meeting.
In a statement, Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said President Muhammadu Buhari charged the Governors to ensure that the forthcoming convention to pick a presidential candidate reflects all the values and virtues of the party.
“The processes for the 2023 General Elections have commenced in earnest and I note that the most successful political parties globally have always relied on their internal cohesion and a strong leadership brand to achieve bigger electoral fortunes. Our party, the APC, shall not be any different, more so as we are still implementing the blueprint for a more prosperous nation.
“As I begin the final year of my second term as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and leader of the party, I recognize the compelling need for me to provide stronger leadership to the party under this transition process and to ensure that it happens in an orderly manner.
“Such leadership is required so that the party remains strong and united. It is also needed to improve our electoral fortunes by ensuring that it retains power at the centre, holds the great majority in various legislative chambers and also gains additional number of states.
“In a few days, the party will be holding its Convention during which primaries would take place to pick the Presidential Flag Bearer for the 2023 General Elections. This is a very significant process and its outcome should prove to the world, the positive quality of the APC regarding democratic principles, culture as well as leadership.”
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State and Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum said the party must build on the successes of its recent elective convention, and the primaries conducted so far, “ and come up with a candidate who will walk in the footsteps of patriotism and love for the country, which Mr President has shown.”
After the meeting, neither the APC national chairman nor the governors spoke with journalists.
In the meantime, the APC commenced the screening of presidential hopefuls on Monday.