President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived for the All Progressives Congress (APC), National Caucus emergency meeting at the party secretariat in Abuja.This is even as the governors of Imo, Rochas Okorocha and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun were conspicuously absent at the meeting.
A minute silence was observed for dead party faithfuls.
Buhari arrived the venue at 11:30 am alongside Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The meeting went into closed door at 12: 22pm.
The meeting is to discuss prevailing national issues, following Saturday’s postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
President Buhari disclosed that he has ordered security agents to deal ruthlessly with party thugs that try to snatch ballot boxes.
Buhari who said he is confident that he has garnered enough supporters having gone round the country to campaign, urged party members to reassure their constituents to come out and vote on the rescheduled dates.
The President urged party agents to watch out for the party interests at the polling units.
Buhari disclosed that he has directed security agencies to identify hot spots and be ready to move should they suspect any attempts to cause problems body of thugs across the country irrespective of party affiliations.
The President said, there is no explanations for what we went through. I was told about the decision of INEC at quarter to 5am in the morning of the elections.
INEC had all the time and resources, didn’t have to wait six hours to the elections to announced postponement.
Definitely, INEC must explain to Nigerians what happened, the constitution and the law protects INEC but they must not take us for granted.
If we had failed to provide all what INEC wanted, then we would have been held responsible
“So at least after the elections we will have to go into details to find out what happened,” he said.
The meeting before it commenced, observed a minute silence in honour of dead supporters at campaign venues across the country.
In his opening remarks, Oshiomhole described the meeting as “all important.”
Oshiomhole said the ruling party was determined not to disappoint supporters and Nigerians.
According to him, the party did what is expected to ensure a successful elections including providing all logistics to all those involved in elections exercise including party agents.
We saw INEC’s magic, the worst had happened and postponed the elections by one week without cogent reasons.
Oshiomhole also said the ruling party is going to write INEC to explain if the card readers have been reconfigured and what is the guarantee that it won’t fail, and why deploy only 4,000 card readers, saying what is expected is 176,000 card readers and spares.
Also in attendance are National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, national leader, Bola Tinubu, and Director General of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Rotimi Amaechi.
Governors in attendance as at the time the meeting went into closed doors at … are Zamfara, Edo, Ekiti, Borno, Bauchi, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Niger and Nasarawa.
Others are Plateau, Kaduna, Kogi, Kano, Lagos, Jigawa, Kebbi.
Some National Assembly members in attendance include Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Godswill Akpabio,
Also in attendance are governorship candidates of Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Rivers
The ministers in attendance are Information and Culture, Power, Works and Housing, Education, and Agriculture.