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South West APC meeting: Akande explains absence of Tinubu, Adewole, Adeosun, Fashola

The South-west governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), National Assembly members, ministers and other stakeholders of the party Thursday evening rose from a meeting in Agodi Government House, Ibadan, Oyo State, after which the former National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, declared that the presidential ticket of the party was open to all in the 2019 general election.

Speaking on behalf of the APC stakeholders at the end of the meeting, Chief Akande said they were in Ibadan as a follow up to the January this year's meeting they held in the same town, to appraise the state of affairs of the party and how the zone was fairing in the scheme of things.

The leaders also passed a vote of confidence in the party's southwest governors and their political appointees at the federal level. "We are concerned about the services of our government to the people rather than electoral matters", he said. What we want is devolution of functions from the centre to the states and the local governments.

The party will take a decision at the right time.

Ajimobi urged the party leaders to sacrifice their personal ambitions to win the governorship elections, while lamenting the low turn-out of the people to register for the elections in the two states.

The governors of Oyo, Lagos, Osun, Ogun and Ekiti states are now attending the All Progressives Congress (APC) Southwest Stakeholders' Forum in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

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Also in attendance were former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba; former Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Lasun Yussuf; Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila; Senator Sola Adeyeye, APC Deputy National Chairman, Chief Pius Akinyelure, and Prof. Adeoye were however, absent.

On the clamour for restructuring, Akande said: "Restructuring is not our language. That is not in the APC manifesto or constitution".

He said: "Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had prepared for this meeting. As a party, we are trying to review our position to see what we are going to do to get Ekiti back for APC in 2018".

Expatiating on their position on power devolution, Akande said::"The decision of this meeting is to advise the country to allow states that have land to do agriculture; to allow every state that rear children to do education; to allow states that are nearer to the people to do one of the jobs".

The governor stated, "Our meeting today presents a veritable ground for us to reconnect with our political root and keep re-engaging ourselves as people whom nature has entrusted with the political leadership of the region at this material time".

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