The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, have reportedly shut out fourteen governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in several meetings ahead of the 2019 election. The governors are angry that they were deliberately not invited to two meetings organised by El-Rufa’i and Amaechi all geared towards the 2019 elections.
According to Daily Trust, the 14 governors are demanding to know why they were left out of consultations, the source said. Two of the meetings, according to the newspaper, were held in October and December, this year at the Abuja residence of Amaechi, who hosted the meeting together with Governor El-Rufa’i. The meetings were meant to extract a pledge of allegiance to President Muhammadu Buhari to emerge as APC’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The newspaper reports that the first meeting which took place in October was attended by Governors El-Rufa’i, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi, Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa and Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State.
El-Rufa’i and Amaechi were said to have prevailed on the governors to pledge allegiance to President Buhari in 2019. According to the report, Amaechi and El-Rufa’i invited another batch of APC governors to the Transport Minister’s Abuja residence.