Fayose, Obasanjo Make Suprise Appearance At Council Of State Meeting

  • Jonathan, Dogara, IBB Absent

Former Nigerian leaders, Goodluck Jonathan and Ibrahim Babangida, are notably absent at the meeting of the National Council of State holding today at the council chambers of the presidential villa Abuja.

The meeting, which started some minutes after 11 a.m., is being chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo arrived late for the event.

He hurried into the council chamber at about 11:12a.m. after the national anthem and opening prayers were offered by former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, and former chief justice of the federation, Mohammed Uwais.

Mr. Obasanjo headed straight to greet Mr. Buhari, forcing journalists who were already leaving the room to rush back and capture the moment.

It would be the second public meeting between the two leaders since Mr. Obasanjo urged President Buhari to quit in 2019, dismissing his government as corrupt and incompetent.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who is also a member of the council is also absent.

An unusual face at the meeting is the governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, who is attending a meeting chaired by Mr. Buhari for the first time.

The Secretary to the Government of Federation, Boss Mustapha, called for a minute of silence in honour of former CJN, Dahiru Musdapher, who died recently.

Among those attending the meeting, apart from the governors and former presidents, are the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Mariam Mukhtar, Mohammed Belgore, Mohammed Uwais and Idris Kutigi.

Ekiti 2018: APC Contest Fayose’s Choice Of Candidate Without Primary Elections

Ekiti All Progressive Congress (APC) showed their displeasure in Gover­nor Ayodele Fayose for adopting his Deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola, as the pre­ferred candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP without conducting a primary election.

APC assured its aspirants of free, fair and transparent primary where the best and pre­ferred candidate that will fly the flag of APC in the 2018 governorship elec­tion will emerge.

The state Chairman of the party, Mr Jide Awe, said that the choice of Olu­sola by Governor Fayose has made the job easier for APC to send the PDP packing in 2018 and to effect change and create development.

Awe, who was repre­sented by the Vice-Chair­man, Mrs Kemi Olaleye, made the remarks while receiving the 25th aspi­rants of the party, Ajayi Olatunji Olowo, who came to submit a letter of intent for the 2018 gubernato­rial race at the party Sec­retariat.

“We in APC parades quality aspirants who can defeat the best Fayose can offer. The least among our numerous aspirants can beat Olusola whom Fayose is forcing down on his par­ty’s throat and that is why we will send him packing in 2018.

“We in APC don’t de­ceive the people by adopt­ing a system that ensures that it is only his choice that emerges. We assure all our aspirants of free, fair and transparent primaries.