Why were these the governors to visit Buhari?

by Alexander O. Onukwue

How did the APC Governors come about the four names that visited President Buhari on Sunday evening in London?

Because, from the comments on the subject, not many persons feel it was an eminent delegation to relay any message from the country to the absent President, or from the President to the country. So that when Rochas Okorocha, Governor of Imo State, is supposedly giving an account of the visit through Femi Adeshina, people are actually not expectant of anything profound.

That has been the perception of the Imo Governor. He has been a little off with a collection of his recent statements, including but not limited to matters concerning restructuring not being necessary. Okorocha, who does not have another term to contest for in Owerri, is not being rated well for his treatment of pensions backlogs in his state and unpaid salaries. Perhaps less importantly, he has managed to draw the particular ire of the members of IPOB as well, making him into virtually a foe to all, besides those whom he appears to want to impress so badly for a Presidential plot.

The visit of Tony Blair two weeks ago raised the level of angst against Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna. Femi Fani-Kayode’s theory about it all was more to the delight of cynics but el-Rufai continues to play a prominent role in all things that involve the APC and President Buhari. He is in the APC’s new committee to help them define Restructuring, and he was in the meeting with the President in London. Is he indeed learning the ropes for a crack at the job soon?

Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa Governor, has been less in the national headlines than the other three but it has not been for want of trying, but let’s skip him over.

Yahaya Bello’s supposed plan to kick Dino Melaye out of the Senate is being stalled by the shenanigans of legal instruments, and the Lokoja Government House has not become any more comfortable for the Governor of circumstance. Perhaps this was done to make Dino and the Senate see that there was a Presidential nod to the move too?

The presence of the APC Chairman at the meeting showed it was an APC delegation visiting Buhari; it was a political meeting, not necessarily one in the national interest. It would just be nice to have things clear and straightforward, rather than have the nation feel it’s been done a favour by persons appearing to be working in their interests.

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