President Muhammadu Buhari Monday led other chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, on Monday night, to pass a vote of confidence on the leadership of the party. Other political notables in the party who participate in the confidence voting include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Bola Tinubu, an influential party leader, and Senator Bukola Saraki, president of Senate. Others were Sen. Bola Tinubu, Bisi Akande, cabinet ministers and presidential aides.
Also were governors of Plateau, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Sokoto, Niger, Kogi, Jigawa, Benue, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Kebbi, Nasarawa as well as deputy governors of Kwara and Yobe states at the meeting.
However, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was absent at the meeting.
Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, who is chairman of the APC Governors Forum, revealed the outcomes of the meeting which Buhari presided over.
He said that the meeting also reinforced the unity, commitment and strength of all members of the party.
“This meeting shows our unity in the party, shows our strength and our commitment to the party and to Nigerians,’’.
Sen. Bukar Abba-Ibrahim, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, dismissed the speculation that the meeting was convened to remove the leadership of the APC.
He said: “You remember, you saw it in some of the newspapers. That our crises had deepened, APC is going to break, there is a plan to kick out our national chairman – none of these things happened.
“It is a big family reunion and we are all happy and this party is going to dominate the Nigerian political space for a very long time to come. I don’t want to predict any number of years.’’
Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s National Chairman, described the meeting as `very fantastic’, adding that the party would be stronger after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
National Assembly members at the meeting include Senators Rabiu Kwankwaso and Adamu Alieru as well as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha also attended the meeting which lasted for over three hours.