The national leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) has embarked on fence-mending drive in its bid to galvanise more support towards a successful outing at the October 11 governorship election in Adamawa State.
In this direction, the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun monday met with the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the national secretariat in Abuja to explore how to forge a united front among various stakeholders of the party in the state.
The meeting, which lasted barely an hour, also had in attendance, the party’s governorship candidate, Senator Jibrilla Bindow.
THISDAY gathered from a party source that yesterday’s meeting was at the instance of Oyegun, who was said to have urged both politicians to close ranks along with other party to ensure victory for the party at the governorship poll.
“The meeting was at the instance of Chief Oyegun and it is all about the unity of the party as it gets set to take on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for October 11 gubernatorial contest. It is also about how to get every important stakeholder of the party in the state to agree to work as one to ensure victory for the party, “ he said.
Yesterday’s meeting was also meant to underscore the likely challenges that might stand in the way of victory for APC so that the party can find ways to address it.
The governorship candidate was the first to arrive the secretariat for the meeting, shortly before Atiku drove in with a few of his personal aides. After closed-door meeting, the two politicians emerged beaming with smiles as they made for their cars without uttering a word to journalists.
Adamawa State government has been under the control of the APC courtesy of the defection from PDP of the former Governor, Murtala Nyako before his impeachment, thereby setting off a by-election.
Both PDP and APC are presently the leading parties in the governorship by-election scheduled for October 11. Whereas the Acting Governor, Umar Fintiri has secured the PDP ticket, Senator Bindow defeated six other aspirants on the party’s platform to clinch the ticket.
However, former Vice-President, who hails from the state, is being seen as the arrowhead in the opposition party’s ambitious drive to retake the state.
On his part, Atiku had advocated for a parley of Adamawa critical stakeholders comprising of the major political parties, security agencies, Adamawa State government, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), civil society organisations and election observers, religious and traditional rulers due to the security situation.