President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday met behind closed doors with the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, as well as the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, Atiku Bagudu.
According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the president met separately with the two governors, first with Fayemi, at his office. He later met with Bagudu, who was accompanied by his Jigawa State counterpart, Abubakar Badaru. Though the agendas of the two meetings were not disclosed to newsmen at press time, observers said they might not be unconnected with the festering faceoff between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and his predecessor and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Edo has urged Obaseki and Oshiomhole to sheathe their swords and embrace peace in the interest of the advancement of the state and the Christian faith they profess.The Edo chairman of CAN, Dr. Oriname Oyonnude Kure, while briefing newsmen in Benin City on the faceoff between the two leaders, said the body of Christ was not oblivious of the rift.
Kure, who called for ceasefire, advised Obaseki and Oshiomhole not to allow some individuals soil the good names and legacies they had enshrined on the chronicles of achievers and builders of Edo land.
“We humbly appeal to Oshiomhole, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the sake of the destiny of the state which he laboured tirelessly for, day and night for eight years with the totality of his being, to kindly put aside whatsoever may have caused the imbroglio between him and his brother, Obaseki, so that the foundation and uncommon impact that his (Oshiomhole) administration has made in Edo land, which has made him become a hero, will not be destroyed,” Kure said.
He enjoined Oshiomhole to support Obaseki, noting that Obaseki also supported his administration for eight years by putting his party’s machinery together to the best of his ability within the limit of the law to bring the Edo State APC together for its unity in the interest of peace.Kure said: “With the uncommon impact the Obaseki’s administration has made in the state developmentally and in every ramification within the very short time, Edo people are very pleased with the governor and reposed their confidence in him for a second term in office.
“We pray that as Oshiomhole listens to the heart cry and plea of the church and the good people of Edo State, may God Almighty bless him. We appeal to him to let this matter amicably come to end in the interest of the peace of the state and his love for Edo people and the brotherly love that will forever remain unbridled between him and Obaseki after the game of politics is over.”CAN condemned the spate of violence in the wake of the APC crisis in the state and appealed to supporters of Oshiomhole and Obaseki to guide against future occurrence.