– President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly refused to meet with the governors of Adamawa and Bauchi states after both men arrived at Aso Rock
– Both men face rerun elections on March 23 as INEC declared that the March 9 governorship elections in their states were inconclusive
– The governors subsequently met with VP Osinbajo after being unable to meet with the president
Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi and his Adamawa state counterpart, Jibrilla Bindow, were unable to see President Muhammadu Buhari when both men visited the Presidential Villa on Thursday, March 14.
According to The Guardian, the governors had separately sought to see the president when they arrived at the Villa. However, they met a brick wall as Buhari was allegedly not favorably disposed to seeing them.
We note that following a declaration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that the results of the March 9 governorship polls in Bauchi and Adamawa states were inconclusive, both men now face another electoral battle when reruns hold on March 23.
The visit may be viewed by some observers, as an attempt by the governors to curry the president’s favor in a bid to prevent their states from being taken over by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
After being unable to see the president, however, the governors then met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors.