Eight Governors of the APC’s 10 were at the meeting in Borno, North Eastern Nigeria. Eight governors from the major opposition parties met on Thursday at the Government House, Maiduguri, Borno State where they continued discussion on the formation of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
They also discussed the prevailing insecurity bedeviling Borno and Yobe States, both governed by the All Nigeria Peoples Party. Maiduguri is the hotbed of the Boko Haram insurgency and the governors appear to have ventured into the city to shame President Goodluck Jonathan who is yet to make a state visit the Borno State capital. The governors met in the troubled city in spite of reports of explosions in a part of the metropolis.
Eight out of the ten governors who met earlier in Lagos were present in Maiduguri. While Yobe Governor, Ibrahim Geidam, was represented by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu; Governors Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara were absent. Unconfirmed reports say Mr. Yari was actually in Maiduguri but had to return to Gusau , the Zamfara State capital, because his deputy lost his father. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, who briefed the media after the meeting, reiterated what he called “the irrevocable determination of the governors to the emergence of the APC.”
He also expressed the solidarity and support of his colleagues to the government and people of Borno and Yobe States over the insurgency that has been bedeviling the two states. He commended Governors Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Geidam for their efforts in containing the insurgency.
Mr. Aregbesola also announced the decision of the governors to donate N100 million each to the two states. He added that one of the decisions taken by the governors at the meeting is a tour of all states of the federation to sensitize Nigerians on what the APC stands for and seek their support. “We wish to inform Nigerians that we would soon embark on a national outreach and sensitisation activities. We call on all Nigerians to support our efforts to rescue our country from a visionless leadership,” he said.