A former Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu may become the next national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as President Mohammadu Buhari is said to have turned down the plea from the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) to alter the zoning arrangement and change his mind of the ex-governor candidature.
Last week, the governors elected under the umbrella of the ruling party had jointly agreed on the zoning of the party offices to rotate between the north and south.
A section of the divided APC Governors Forum made efforts to stop the President from giving audience to their colleagues, who rejected Adamu and the zoning arrangement.
But, a few other governors with much influence prevailed on the President to go ahead with the session, according to sources.
The division made the Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni to stay away from the meeting, while the President was said have made his position known on his choice at the meeting.
“At the meeting, the President disowned a fresh zoning arrangement proposed and presented by three governors and the names suggested for some offices.
“He reconfirmed the original zoning formula adopted by the PGF last week and insisted on Abdullahi Adamu as his choice for chairman at the convention. The three governors trying to alter the zoning formula were all crest fallen at the meeting today (Tuesday).
“Mai Mala Buni did not show up because he got wind of what was going to happen at our meeting with Mr President. Maybe, he didn’t want to be caught up in the crossfire of the divided PGF.
“The three governors included one from the South-East, another from the South-West and the last from the North-Central. They were not happy that their influential colleagues even got the meeting scheduled.
“They and their agents in the villa did everything to block the meeting from holding but they did not succeed,” sources said.
The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) was led to the meeting at Aso Villa, Abuja by its chairman and Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu.
It was also gathered that the Southeast Caucus of the forum was also displeased with the zoning of the office of the party’s Secretary to the Southwest, instead of their region.
Although the Chairman of the PGF, according to sources, had told the Southeast caucus to take the arrangement as it has been put together, telling them that it was too late to change,
It was also learnt that the President and the governors agreed that the convention should hold on March 26.
Bagudu said the governors met with the president to congratulate him for signing the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and as well on the victory of the APC in some of the by-elections conducted over the weekend.