The meeting President Muhammadu Buhari held with governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday ended in deadlock.

The meeting, which started at 2:15 ended at 3:30pm, with all the governors emerging from the meeting refusing to talk to State House correspondents.

 

The governors of Plateau state, Simon Lalong and Kebbi state, Atiku Bagudu had said the opening prayers before the commencement of the meeting.

 

But at the end of the session, Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Simon Lalong (Plateau) and Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), explained to reporters that a unanimous agreement was reached at the meeting not to talk to the media.

 

On his way out, one of the governors was heard saying, “Some people think they are tall but they can never control us. Never!”

 

TheNigerian learnt that the bone of contention was the tenure elongation of the John Odigie-Oyegun-led executive and the proposed caretaker committee to be led by a former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.

 

President Buhari was said to have at some point during the meeting left the governors to decide on the next date the meeting would reconvene, while the Zamfara State Governor and Chairman of the Governors Forum, Abdulazeez Yari, proposed April 9 and April 10. Governor El-Rufai, however, challenged Governor Yari on why he picked those dates.

 

It was also gathered that the meeting became rowdy as each of the governors tried to make his position known and the governors stormed out of the meeting venue. Majority of the governors were in favour of tenure elongation for Oyegun.

 

Some of the governors emerged from the venue of the meeting wearing long faces, while others, in order to douse the tense atmosphere, held their lips to let journalists know that they were not going to comment.