APC primaries: El-Rufai, Akeredolu visit Presidential Villa

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and his Ondo State counterpart, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday visited Presidential Villa, Abuja, to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.

The visit of the two governors, who headed straight to the president’s office, may not be unconnected with the outcome of All Progressives Congress primaries and screening exercise conducted by the party’s headquarters.

Both governors are members of APC.

It would be recalled that Mr Shehu Sani, a serving senator, was the only aspirant cleared by the national headquarters of APC to contest for Kaduna Central Senatorial seat against Mr El-Rufai’s wish.

Prior to Sani’s clearance, the governor had endorsed his Political Adviser, Mr Uba Sani, as sole candidate of APC for the senatorial seat.

The governor had also insisted that party primary be held to determine the party’s flag-bearer in the 2019 senatorial poll instead of the automatic endorsement of incumbent senator.

Uba Sani has gone to court to stop Shehu Sani’s automatic endorsement by National Working Committee (NWC) of APC.

APC Senate screening committee also cleared Mr Ajayi Borrofice, a serving senator, as sole aspirant for Ondo North Senatorial seat against the wish of the state governor, who had wanted to dislodge him through a primary.

The outcome of the governors’ visit to villa was still unknown as of the time of filing this report as no statement or confirmation on whether the governors were able to meet with the president or not.

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