The Caretaker Committee Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Mai Mala Buni , on Monday , led the chairman of the party’ s governorship election campaign for Edo State , Abdullahi Ganduje, to a meeting with the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , at the Presidential Villa , Abuja .
The meeting , said to be a private one , was held behind closed doors at the President ’s office.
Although the agenda of the meeting was not made public , it held a day after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared the state governor , Godwin Obaseki, the winner of the governorship election held on Saturday .
Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party defeated Osagie Ize – Iyamu of the APC and other contestants to emerge winner of the contest .
Ganduje , who is the Governor of Kano State , was in Benin during the election but was said to have left the state on Sunday shortly before the result of the election was formally released .
Unlike the previous meetings they had with Buhari ahead of the election , Buni and Ganduje were seen using a different route apparently to avoid any encounter with State House correspondents .
As of the time of filing this report, the Presidency has yet to issue a statement on the meeting .
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While Buhari had on Sunday congratulated Obaseki on his electoral victory and commended INEC, the APC has yet to speak officially on the election .
After a meeting he had with Buhari on August 7 , Ganduje , had in an interview with State House correspondents , claimed that Obaseki’s abysmal performance would make the election a walkover for the APC .He boasted that the incumbency factor would not work for Obaseki.
Ganduje had said, “ It ( incumbency ) could have been a big problem if the governor performs well while governing his state. He could have been an asset to the PDP .
“ But, I assure you that the governor is a liability . In fact, it is even better for us that we are contesting with a serving governor who failed woefully.
“ He failed woefully in the area of human development. He failed woefully in the area of providing infrastructural facilities to the good people of Edo State , he failed most woefully in the execution of constitutional provision in the state , especially pertaining to the legislature.
“ 14 members were out of the legislature for 13 good months . When we calculated , we saw those 14 legislators are representing 60 per cent of the population .
“ All their constituents are unhappy that elected legislators were not given the chance to participate in the legislations in that state .
“ In fact, all the legislations made should be considered as illegal. So, we are ready to fight somebody who has failed and it is an advantage to us.
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