National Convention: APC Governors Were Divided – Gov El-Rufai

Gov. Nasir el Rufai of Kaduna State

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has revealed that the governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were divided over the timing of the party’s national convention.

El-Rufai said this while addressing State House correspondents after governors of the APC met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the lingering national convention of the party.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that the governors agreed to have a consensus candidate for the chairmanship position.

Addressing the journalists, the Kaduna Governor said that the governors were divided over the timing of the convention.

He said “Yes, we were divided. We were divided over the timing of the convention. There were some governors that felt that we should put off the convention until we resolve all the congresses’ ssues in some states.

“So some governors held the view that we should wait until all this was resolved. And this is not borne out of any agenda or selfishness. It is just a realistic proposition to avoid us violating any laws or putting our party structures of elected candidates in danger.

“So yes, there were differences in opinion about timing. Some of us are saying the constitution allows us to have a convention even if three or four states have issues that are unresolved, while others were saying no, let us finish all the reconciliations and we do this convention. After all, there is no time limit for the convention as long as we do it before the time for the primaries. So that was the difference. This is what the media have called divided governors.”

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El-Rufai, however, said all the governors have agreed to have a consensus candidate, and that all outstanding issues have been resolved.


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