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APC crisis: Buhari will not force his will on party leadership – Bagudu

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja over the leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the closed-door meeting, the Chairman of the PGF and the governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, disclosed the President had given his assurances to take all necessary steps to restore peace and cohesion back to the party.

Mr Bagudu, however, said that Mr Buhari stressed that he would not break ranks and force his will down the party leadership’s throat.

“At all times Mr. President has shown that he is a democrat, he is not running the party. Yes, he is the party leader, he allows party organs to do and decide what should be done.

“He is very hesitant to use his standing even as party leader, talk less of his authority as Mr. President of the country to direct things, but at all times, he has been alive to the issue and like I said earlier, I believe with the encouragement he gave us this morning, with the level of details he has about all what is happening and the number of people he has listened to and heard, I believe that whatever needs to be done, including the possibility of calling any organ of the party that is necessary for the resolution of lingering issues, will be done immediately.

“Let me again warn that the party is never a perfect assembly. There will always be issues and that is why we talk, but yes certainly, organs of the party need to meet and Mr. President, without directing, is always supporting the necessity of party organs meeting appropriately,” he said.

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