The state governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have revealed their surprise over the ongoing National Assembly (NASS), leadership crisis and has resolved to invite the APC senators to remind them that the in any matter, the party’s supremacy is paramount and should be respected.
The governors took this decision at a late Tuesday, June 23, 2015 meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja which ended in the early hours of Wednesday, June 24, 2015.
Imo State’s Governor Rochas Okorocha speaking with State House correspondents revealed that he and his counterparts had gotten worried over the NASS situation and had decided to speak with the President about it. He also revealed that they used the opportunity to commend the steps the President have taken so far to stabilise the economy of the nation.
He described the meeting as reassuring and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
He said, “With all these achievements and progress we are making, we are worried by the pockets of disagreements going on at the National Assembly.
“We have resolved that we came from a party and our party’s views should be respected.
“So, we feel that there is the need for us to invite our senators and look more into the matter and see how we can all make peace.
“We believe that everyone should respect our party from which we all came from and for that reason, we have decided that we are going to invite our senators and rub minds with them.
“We are saying that there should not be a winner-takes-it-all; that we should carry everybody along and accommodate others as suggested by the party.”
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole also revealed that the governors had resolved that senators needed to adopt the position of the party.
“We were all elected on the platform of the party. We are not just a collection of individuals, we are a political party and when the party has spoken we must listen, otherwise if it was a game of individuals like golf then individuals can go their way.
“I think it is very clear at this point that the party has the responsibility to keep the system going, so we as progressive governors, we have listened to the President and we have discussed extensively and we are clear that the party’s position should be supported by the senators.
“This is the way it should be and we should start on a note of working closely. We as governors, we listen to the party, we expect our senators to also listen to the party.
“We are going to call them and tell them this is it and explain our reasons, it is about party supremacy.”
16 APC governors were present at the meeting.