Aggrieved All Progressives Congress (APC) governors believed to be plotting the removal of Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman, may have backed down.
This followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s reported disapproval of the alleged plot.
The governors, led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF); Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State; Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, and Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, were said to be at daggers drawn with Oshiomhole over the outcome of the party’s primaries in their states.
Aside this, Oshiomhole was said not to have been in the good books of some APC governors who were loyal to the immediate past national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
The arrowheads of this group are believed to be Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
It was alleged that the governors, who had reportedly infiltrated the National Working Committee (NWC) leading to a sharp division in the committee, were already gathering in Abuja to perfect their move.
It was also alleged that 15 of the 21 APC governors had collected signatures for his removal and were planning to converge on Abuja today to finalise the plot to remove him.
But, according to a source in the presidency, President Buhari was strongly opposed to any move by the governors and made his opinion known to them in clear terms.
According to him, the governors had been meeting with the president to register their grievances with the outcome of the primaries.
But while the president gives them audience to express their feelings, he will eventually ask them to go to Oshiomhole to iron out their differences,” the source said.
He added that Oshiomhole was at the villa on Sunday where he met with the president, and that the president assured him of his full support while asking him not to be distracted but be focussed on his mission of reforming the ruling party.
Our source said the president also met with Oshiomhole on Monday evening though the details of the meeting were not known.
“What they don’t know is that Oshiomhole carries the president along in his day-to-day running of the party. Everything he sends out, the president approves of it. He is just laughing at the governors saying, ‘so, the rich can also cry’.