Buhari, APC Governors Hold Crucial Meeting on Monday

Governors of the opposition All Progressives Governors under the aegis of Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) will be meeting a strategic meeting in the Imo state capital, Owerri, on Monday to put finishing touches to strategies on how to win the forth coming general elections.

The forthcoming event will also avail the presidential candidate of the party, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) another opportunity to provide insights into how an APC-led Federal Government will operate.

The meeting and its proposed agenda is contained in a press statement signed by the Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman in Abuja, on Thursday.

The statement also revealed that one of the sessions, under the theme, “March for a New Nigeria” will be chaired by the APC’s Presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, who will deliver a paper on how a prospective APC-led federal government will work with state governments.

Also billed to attend the forthcoming summit is the leadership of the party. This is besides the presidential and vice presidential candidates, governors and governorship candidates, who would also be in attendance. This according to the statement is vital “as the APC fine-tunes its electoral strategies to win the presidential and state governorship elections.”

The PGF said the event also represents part of the APC’s strategies of engaging with Nigerians and sharing successful policies and programmes among states governed by the All Progressives Congress.

The conference will also provide a platform for in-depth interaction between the progressive governors and some professional groups regarding the relationship between the recommended policies and the reality of dwindling resources in the country as well as the issue of insurgency and how to regain normalcy in the troubled areas.

The statement read in part: “Chairman of the PGF and Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and his Lagos state counterpart, Babatunde Raji Fashola, will also speak on the imperative peaceful and credible elections.”

It also said, “Governors Kashim Shettima, Rauf Aregbesola and Adams Oshiomhole of Borno, Osun and Edo states, respectively, will speak on issues ranging from plans for a post Boko Haram reconstruction, strategies for sustaining governance in times of dwindling resources and the effects of PDP’s mishandling of the economy and its consequences on state finances.

The statement also noted that while the occasion will provide the opportunity for the PGF to formally present the Progressive Governors Forum Policy Document, which was put together from the recommendations made at the forum’s public lecture series in 2014.

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