Governor Rochas Okorocha, the Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum, on Wednesday, while speaking with State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the ruling party was not nervous about the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He noted that since the primaries is over; the party would soon embark on reconciliation move to appease those who were aggrieved in the exercise.
The APC governors had reportedly met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to discuss plans ahead of the 2019 general election and to congratulate him on his emergence as the APC presidential candidate.
Vice President Yemi Osinbaj; Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State; Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State; Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno; were all present at the meeting.
“We can’t be jittery. History is there to speak, history is very important,” Okorocha noted when asked if the APC was jittery over former VP Atiku’s emergence.
“As I said, we are not going to get involved in this verbal war with anybody; we will be talking about issues.
“If you say ‘look, you are not good’, we will tell you what we can do and what we cannot do and what others cannot do.
“So APC is not going to engage in that kind of talk show, but we will discuss on what our party can do for the people.”
“Our election this time will not engage in castigations, we will be talking on issues.
“We have also looked at issues concerning our primaries. In every democracy, expect some kind of disagreements and we have kindly requested that something should be done to bring all warring factions together so we can have a united party to face the challenges ahead and we are happy that, that will soon take place.
“Most of the problems have been resolved except for one or two states where we have issues. Where it becomes more difficult, we asked for Mr. President’s intervention in the matter.”
He further noted that the APC governors particularly want the party to reconcile with all aggrieved members before the 2019 election.
“Reconciliation! What is important to us is that we must not go into this battle a divided family and we want to make sure that all governors are intact; all National Assembly members are intact while going into this battle. We will never speak differently; we will speak as united leaders of the party.”