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Buhari Begs Okorocha, Amosun: Don't Leave Me In APC

The possibility of some Governors of the ruling APC dumping the party and working for the opposition in 2019 is a scary one that President Buhari is doing everything in his power to prevent from happening.

Buhari is now finding a middle ground between the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole and the angry powerful governors.

Consequently, Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun yesterday made a last-minute shuttle to the Presidential Villa in his bid to get the APC governorship ticket for his preferred candidate.

He was received by President Muhammadu Buhari. Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) were with Amosun.

Amosun, who holds a Senatorial ticket for Ogun Central, is weighing his options. His next moves remained unclear last night.

The meeting was held at the President’s official residence in the Presidential Villa.

The governors said that they were at the Villa to assure Buhari of their continued support ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

Akeredolu said apart from assuring the President of their support, they also seized the opportunity of the meeting to “talk on some issues and put our feet on ground on the issues”.

According to a source in the Presidency, the session was held not only because of Amosun but to “consider the larger picture of a likely loss of Ogun State to another party in 2019.”

The source said: “The session was used to review all the circumstances surrounding the primaries in Ogun State and the face-off between the APC leadership and the governor.

“It was a follow-up meeting to separate intervention meetings the governor has had with the key strategists of the President and some members of the presidential kitchen cabinet.

“Amosun actually sought a decisive intervention of the President to iron out all issues and mutual reconciliation.

“The implications of backlash of the crisis in Ogun on the APC’s chances at the presidential and governorship polls in 2019 were also frankly highlighted at the session as the state ranks higher with Lagos and Oyo as those with huge votes.

“The atmosphere was cordial and the President listened with rapt attention.”

Buhari is said to have also sent message to Governor Rochas Okorocha not to dump APC but give him time to settle "some issues".