How Okorocha, Amosun lost Buhari’s support

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari was infuriated by the refusal of Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha; Ogun State governor, Sen Ibikunle Amosun; and Zamfara State governor, Alhaji Abudulaziz Yari to accept his solution to the crises over their choice of governorship candidates in their respective states
The trio, who had visited the President in Abuja to seek his support in their quest to oust the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, were asked to sacrifice some of their ambitions in the interest of peace. Incensed by their insistence on having their way despite his intervention, the President, who did not buy into the anti-Oshiomhole plot referred them to the latter on the grounds that he runs the affairs of APC.

A source privy to the outcome of the meeting told reporters that Buhari had told Okorocha to forgo his senatorial ambition and produce the governorship standard-bearer. Amosun, the source, said was also given options that could have ensured a win-win situation. It was this failure to get the President’s endorsement that informed the failed attempt to mobilise APC governors in Abuja, with the sole aim of moving against Oshiomhole. Govs Bello, Nasir Elrufai The plot, our source said, was for Rochas to have used his influence as the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, while the capacity of Yari as the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, would have been deployed to have other governors agree to the plan. However, most of the governors did not turn up for the meeting earlier this week, a situation gathered was deliberate. In fact, an insider revealed that attempts at convincing Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and Kaduna State governor, Nasir Elrufai in a telephone conversation failed. How Buhari ‘ll silence Peter Obi Bello was gathered to have told Okorocha that he had absolute loyalty for the President and would not pitch his tent against Oshiomhole, who is on the same page with Buhari on the matter. On his part, Elrufai was said to have told them not to speak to him again about the issue, saying he would not want to be used for settling personal scores.

He was said to have added that they should settle any differences they may be having with Oshiomhole, without co-opting other governors in the plot against the national chairman. we were told that only four governors attended the failed meeting in Abuja. Faced with the failure to mobilise overwhelming support among the governors, the Okorocha group scheduled another anti-Oshiomhole meeting for next week Tuesday.

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