President Muhammadu Buhari met with the All Progressives Congress governors in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Atiku Bagudu, said President Buhari at the meeting advised the party to explore the option of consensus while electing its officials at the forthcoming national convention.
According to the Kebbi State Governor, consensus had worked for the APC in the past as many chairmen of the party emerged through that process.
He added that Buhari urged them to work towards consensus because it is part of the party’s constitution.
“We have produced several national chairmen by consensus.
“Bisi Akande emerged as the pioneer chairman of the APC through consensus, John Oyegun emerged by consensus, Adams Oshiomhole emerged by consensus; the president reminded us of that.
“President Buhari is a believer in consensus as one of the options of producing leaders and he urged us to explore consensus.
“While recognising that many people who have indicated interest are competent, only one person will occupy the office at the end of the day,” he said.
He stressed that the governours have also been working to ensure that as part of the equitable arrangement, zoning and consensus are incorporated.
Bagudu added that the governors used the opportunity to formally inform the president of the new date of March 26, set aside for the party’s national convention.
“Today, the governors informed Mr President that we have had the briefing from the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Committee and we are supportive of its position,’’ he added.