- Bagudu says Buhari has the sole decision to make on his next FEC members.
- He commended president Buhari for his support for states.
Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday said the composition of President Muhammadu Buhari’s next Federal Executive Council (FEC)is an executive decision that does not require their input.
Atiku Baguda, Chairman of APC Governorship Forum stated this shortly after a meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Baguda, who is the governor of Kebbi state said he and his colleagues were at the presidential villa to congratulate president Buhari over the emergence of the new leaders of the national assembly.
While noting that the ministerial list is an executive decision, Bagudu said the president graciously granted audience to progressive Governors forum and the confidence reposed in them.
“We came to congratulate him on the national assembly elections and thank him for the confidence he has in the progressive Governors forum members who participated actively in all the processes that led to the emergence of Senator President Ahmad Lawan, Ovie Omo-Agege as deputy senate president, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker, and Hon. Ahmed Wase as deputy speaker.
“Furthermore, we used the opportunity to thank Mr. President for all he has been doing and all the successes recorded in the areas which he campaigned on, which are security, economy and accountability.”
He further commended president Buhari for his support for states where close to N2 trillion was given to states in the form of restructuring of loans, refunds on federal roads, refund for Paris Club, which he said has helped encouraged economic activities in the states, payment of salaries and pensions, gratuities and overall investment by infrastructural spending.
“We are also appreciative of increased investment in agriculture which has been because of conscious decision to support agriculture as a way out of economic challenges and provide economic growth.
“We also congratulate Mr. President that despite drop in income, the value for money that he insists upon has begun to pay off in terms of more security across the country even though some challenges still remain, he is working hard on that with sincerity.
“Last and not the least, we offer to work with Mr. President continuously to ensure that we increase economic performance, security of our country and social cohesion,” he said.
Now that the ruling party is in full control at all levels, Bagudu said the governors’ forum will collaborate to ensure that legislation and cooperation between states and the federal government will be better.
“We will be more active during investments in all areas that can provide employment and incomes rapidly will increase, we will collaborate more to ensure that security is enhanced particularly when it involves state borders.”