The President-elect, Asíwájú Bola Tinubu, on Thursday in Abuja, met with governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, under the aegis of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, who paid him a courtesy visit and urged them to work with the party leadership and lawmakers on the election of principal officers of the National Assembly.
In a statement by the Media Offices if the President-elect and signed by Tunde Rahman, Asiwaju Tinubu said, “We thank God Almighty for our electoral victory. It was tough and turbulent.
“The challenge before us is working in unison with the party leadership and the National Assembly over the election of their principal officers. And I charge you to unite in spirit and faith and work in line with the party.”
The President-elect told the governors and former governorship candidates of the party that “whether you return or not, this is our government.
“Once we know what we are doing and communicating as elected leaders and loyal party men, we will conquer the challenge.”
Reiterating his earlier admonitions that, as leaders, they were elected to serve the people and humanity with fairness and justice, the President-elect, sounding emotional, expressed gratitude to God that he, “the first Muslim minority from the South-West got the blessing of Allah to be elected President.”
Dismissing speculations about his health, the President-elect said, “All speculation has been perished and their purveyors brought to shame.”
The chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, who is also the governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, led his colleagues to Tinubu’s residence.
Among those in attendance were Vice President-elect Kashim Shettima and Governors Simon Lalong, Plateau; Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna; Aminu Bello Masari, Katsina; Hope Uzodinnma, Imo; Abubakar Badaru, Jigawa; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos; Ben Ayade, Cross Rivers; Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, Kwara; Dapo Abiodun, Ogun; and Biodun Oyebanji, Ekiti.
There were also the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Kelechi Igwe and APC governorship candidate in Kano State, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna.
Governor Bagudu said that the visit was to congratulate Asíwájú Tinubu over the election, extend goodwill to him over the end of Ramadan fast and welcome him back from his recent travel and celebrate with him.
He also said, however, that the governors were ready for any assignment the President-elect may give them.
On the task with respect to the election of presiding officers of the National Assembly, he pledged that the governors would continue to discuss and work with the party and the lawmakers to arrive at the best decision in the interest of the country.