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Buhari, Tinubu Hold Peace Meeting For Oshiomhole, Obaseki At Presidential Villa

President Muhammadu Buhari has finally intervened in the prolonged feud between Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state and Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the ruling party, APC.

The President spoke to them on Monday at the presidential villa in Abuja.

The meeting held while seven other governors elected on the platform of the APC Oshiomhole and 24 hours after the governors met with Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling party, to intervene in the crisis between the two.

The rift between the duo has split the Edo chapter of the APC and there is tension in the state in the buildup to the September election.

While the national working committee (NWC) headed by Oshiomhole has settled for direct primary in the state, Obaseki and his loyalists are seeking indirect primary.

At the meeting with Tinubu, the APC national leader was said to have told them that direct primary would allow aspirants test their popularity.

Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who is believed to have the backing of Oshiomhole, would vie for the party’s governorship ticket on June 22.

Despite his popularity in Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode could not secure the APC ticket for the 2019 election as Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the incumbent governor, defeated him during the primary which was direct.

Obaseki’s counterparts are said to be making last-minute efforts to avoid a similar scenario playing out.

Among the governors who met with Oshiomhole are Sanwo-Olu, Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abulramam Abdulrazak (Kwara) and Inuwa Yayaya (Gombe).

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