West APC Leaders Meet In Oyo

APC leaders at the South West meeting in Ibadan on Thursday

APC leaders at the South West meeting in Ibadan on Thursday

Others include former Governors of Ekiti State Chief Adeniyi Adebayo; Minister for Mines and Steel Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Senator Olusola Adeyeye. "As a party, we are trying to review our position to see what we are going to do to get Ekiti back for APC in 2018".

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State is now holding a close door meeting of South West All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts with his counterparts from Osun and Ondo, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu respectively.

The party's National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, who was billed to attend the meeting reportedly shelved the decision at the last minute "because of stomach ache", according to Chief Akande, the group's Spokesman.

Akande, however, assured that the leaders of the party in the zone will have no option than to support and work for him (Buhari) if he was lucky to have the ticket of the party in 2019.

Akande, who spoke to reporters after the meeting, said the contest for the presidential ticket of the party was open to all, as President Muhammadu Buhari had not indicated that he would be contesting the 2019 elections, but if he does there will be process for his selection.

The meeting was attended by Governors Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State); Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos State); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State); and the host, Abiola Ajimobi.

He said that the meeting assessed the performance of governors, National Assembly members and those appointed into the Federal Executive Council from the region and was satisfied with their stewardship so far.

"Restructuring is not our language, go and ask those who are advocating (for) restructuring to define it". Femi Gbajabiamila; former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba; Minister for Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu and former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao Akala. "What I told you just now is devolution of function from the centre to the state and to the local government", he said. "Go and ask them the meaning of restructuring".

Akande told newsmen that restructuring was not the language of the APC, adding that it was not in its constitution or manifesto. "We are concerned more though about the services of our government to the people more than electoral matters". "The attendance of our leaders affirmed the seriousness of our leaders in the development of our region".

Mr. Ajimobi said, "Let me state here that as leaders, it is incumbent on us to brainstorm and forge a unity of goal which will be beneficial to the people who have put us into these leadership positions".