How Powerful Will The Governors Forum Be In Buhari’s Administration?

How Powerful Will The Governors Forum Be In Buhari’s Administration?

General Muhammadu Buhari in Lagos on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (Photo Provided By Buhari Campaign Organisation)

The President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is set to hold a meeting with all APC governors and governor-elect on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Although all the governors have at one time or the other gone to see him individually since his victory at the polls, the scheduled Tuesday meeting will be the first time they would meet with the President-elect jointly since his then.

According to a governor who gave Punch newspaper the reason for the visit, he said it was a courtesy call to formally congratulate him on his victory at the polls and to “make input into the policy direction of the administration ahead of the May 29 inauguration of the new government.”

He stated that “Ahead of the Tuesday meeting, the governors would hold a meeting on Monday evening in Abuja where we would firm up our presentation to the President-elect.”

Part of the presentation which they are expected to make is to be given the chance to nominate those who will be appointed as ministers from their states as well as to be given the chance to nominate who the party should back to become the next president of the senate.

This meeting might signify a return to the all powerful Governors’ Forum which used to call most of the big shots in the Jonathan presidency until the elections for a new chairman led to the breaking up of the forum that is if the President-elect assents to their presentation.

APC governors are expected to emphasise that they have supported Buhari all through his journey despite the fact that two of their members contested against him in the primary and even when he did not choose one of them to be his running mate. In their opinion, their loyalty to the party should earn them the privilege of not only nominating ministers, but to be allowed to present the next Senate President.

We will be following that meeting closely as it could hold answers to the type of presidency Nigeria should expect in the next four years.


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