Gov. Dave Umahi Of Ebonyi State, 6 Others Jet Out To See Buhari In London



Seven governors have been selected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Wednesday, July 26.

The governors departed Nigeria on Tuesday, July 25 and will meet with Buhari by 3pm on Wednesday.


The visit was confirmed by Garba Shehu who is the senior special adviser to President Buhari on media and publicity.

Abdulaziz Yari who is the governor of Zamfara state and the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum will lead the delegation that will meet with the president.

The six other governors were selected to represent the geo-political zones of the country.

They are:

1. Dave Umahi (Ebonyi)

2. Umar Ganduje (Kano)

3. Kashim Shettima (Borno)

4. Samuel Ortom (Benue)

5. Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom)

6. Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo)

Shehu was asked why Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti was not selected as one of the governors to meet with the president and he revealed that the selection was done by the NGF and not the federal government.


He said: “The visit is a goodwill visit and there is nothing more than that.

“They will leave tonight, arrive tomorrow and meet President Buhari by 3pm tomorrow.”

Asked why President Buhari had not addressed the nation but chose to receive delegates, he said: “It is a question of what he prefers and if he opts for address option, he will do so.”

It was reported that the scheduled visit came as a surprise to a governor who is not among those travelling to see Buhari.

The governor who did not want his name mentioned stated that those chosen for the journey were picked outside what he described as the NGF.

He however noted that had the secretariat and the governors been contacted, the governors would have picked at least one of the PDP governors that had been critical of the Buhari.


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