When President Muhammadu Buhari revalidated his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday, 10 governors from the ruling party were on hand to cheer him on.
Not only that, the presidency bragged about the presence of these governors who had to abandon whatever job they were doing in their respective domains in order to witness Buhari fill a registration form.
After the ceremony, Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu released a statement which partly read:
“The president’s registration exercise in Daura was attended by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; 10 governors, including the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, who is the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, and other party stalwarts.”
The Buhari government has been receiving knocks over the development.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan called it “the height of irresponsibility”. “It beats the imagination that governors would abandon governance at a time of great insecurity and economic turmoil to embark on a jamboree,” he said.
“If they devote the kind of energy, they are devoting to chasing shadows in providing actual governance in their states, we will not be having the cases of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities which have become the norm rather than the exception today.
“Why would almost 10 governors abandon their states just to witness the president signing a register? When was the last time any of these governors inaugurated a project beneficial to their people?
“In case they are unaware, both the APC and the Buhari brand have been demystified by the woeful performance of this regime.”