Crisis in Imo State Bothers Buhari Greatly – Ganduje
The indicted Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Gandujue visited Imo State with his counterpart, Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi in a peace visit to douse the tension mounting in the Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress.
The crisis had been brooding in the state APC since the National Working Committee of the party adopted Senator Hope Uzodinma as the governorship candidate instead of the anointed son-in-law of Governor Rochas Okorocha.
Ganduje and his team had on Thursday held a meeting with the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and his supporters as part of the ongoing efforts to reconcile the APC members in the state.
Ganduje who met with the party members in the state asked the factions to settle their rifles in order to secure victory for the party in 2019.
The Kano governor also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari was really worried about the crisis rocking the state.
In a meeting with the Uzodinma faction, Ganduje said that Imo state is very dear to Buhari.
The Kano governor warned that it will be worrisome to go into the 2019 general election with a divided party.
Ganduje said, “We are here for dialogue. We are here for peace. We are worried. But we are concerned and determined.
“We are here to see that those who are aggrieved are brought back to the party.
“After this meeting, we are going to meet with all the aspirants, of both sides. This is just to meet with members of the APC. The main meeting will be with the aspirants in the night.
“There could be some aggrieved members of the House of Representatives, senators and other members of the party. But we are pleading to all the members of the APC to come together and win the election.
“We are here to see you people so that we can discuss heart to heart and put the pieces together. All hope is not lost.
“Election is coming and you have to unite and make adequate arrangements for the election because the President is worried. He directed us to come for reconciliation. He wants all of you to be united.
“I am happy that all of you are for (President Muhammadu) Buhari. You look determined. You must do a lot of planning. You must sit down locally and win the election.”
In his own contribution, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi said “You have heard from the chairman and Senator Godswill Akpabio, my own is going to be an addendum. You are not going to have an isolated election.”
A former governor of the state, Senator Godswill Akpabio who was also at the meeting said the crisis will be resolved only if members chose to put the interest of the party first.
He said, “This is a serious business. Whether you are factionalised or not, the victory of the APC in Imo State is assured. Even though we have not seen Hope (Uzodinma), I can see hope in your faces.”