All Progressives Governors under the aegis of Progressives Governors’ Forum will on Monday converge on Owerri, the Imo State capital to fine-tune strategies on how to win the forth coming general elections.
The event will also provide the party’s Presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari an opportunity to give an insight into how an APC-led Federal Government will operate.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director-General of the PGF, Salihu Lukman in Abuja, on Thursday.
According to the Forum, a session, under the theme, “March for a New Nigeria” will be chaired by the APC’s Presidential candidate, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, who is billed to deliver a paper on how a prospective APC-led federal government will work with state governments.
In addition to the presidential and vice presidential candidates, governors and governorship candidates, the party’s leadership is also expected to be in attendance “as the APC fine-tunes its electoral strategies to win the presidential and state governorship elections.”
The PGF said the event also represents part of the APC’s strategies of engaging with Nigerians and sharing successful policies and programmes among states governed by the All Progressives Congress.
The conference will also provide a platform for in-depth interaction between the progressive governors and some professional groups regarding the relationship between the recommended policies and the reality of dwindling resources in the country as well as the issue of insurgency and how to regain normalcy in the troubled areas.
The statement read in part: “Chairman of the PGF and Imo state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and his Lagos state counterpart, Babatunde Raji Fashola, will also speak on the imperative peaceful and credible elections.”
It also said, “Governors Kashim Shettima, Rauf Aregbesola and Adams Oshiomhole of Borno, Osun and Edo states, respectively, will speak on issues ranging from plans for a post Boko Haram reconstruction, strategies for sustaining governance in times of dwindling resources and the effects of PDP’s mishandling of the economy and its consequences on state finances.
In addition to the PGF governors, national leadership, and candidates, the party’s National Working Committee, media executives and civil society and professional groups and members of the public are expected to make contributions.
The statement also noted that while the occasion will provide the opportunity for the PGF to formally present the Progressive Governors Forum Policy Document, which was put together from the recommendations made at the forum’s public lecture series in 2014.