PDP Governors support Southern Governors’ Forum on ranching, restructuring


…Wants Buhari to summon meeting of Nigerian Police Council

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has supported the earlier position taken by the Nigeria Governors Forum, Northern Governors Forum and recently, by the Southern Governors Forum to adopt ranching as the most viable solution to the herders/farmers clashes in Nigeria as well as the restructuring of the Nigerian federation to devolve more powers and functions to the States and reform of various civil institutions to achieve efficiency and equity for all sections of Nigeria.

In a communiqué issued and signed by the Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal at the end of the meeting of the Forum in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Monday, the forum further reviewed the State of the nation, particularly, practical next steps to take to advance the conversation on the worsening security situation and collapsing economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The forum called on President Muhammadu Buhari as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces to immediately send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Constitution to devolve more powers to the States with respect to security arrangements culminating in some form of State Policing and the general security architecture.

It noted that in the interim, President Muhammadu Buhari should summon an immediate meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, which comprised the President and all State Governors and other critical stakeholders to evolve and implement strategies to combat the present threats to Nigeria’s unity, especially with respect to policing.

The Forum agreed that the Police Force still remained the appropriate institution to secure the nation’s democracy and should not be subjected to personal attacks adding that the welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority.

The Forum enjoined all Nigerians to work together to achieve peace and harmony with one another, devoid of discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and other cleavages.

“To this end, the meeting called on the incompetent and rudderless APC Government to take bold and deliberate steps to de-escalate and lower tensions in our country and concentrate on projects and policies that will enhance and promote national unity and cohesion”, the communiqué said.

The Forum re-iterated its earlier call for the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Electoral Act that would ensure a free and fair election, including provisions for electronic accreditation and electronic transmission of votes.

“The meeting thanked the host Governor, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for being a gracious and wonderful host and congratulated him for the many landmark developmental projects he has executed and urged him to continue to work with all stakeholders in the South West Zone to ensure that PDP takes over majority of the States in the Zone”, the communiqué further added.

In attendance to the meeting were: Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State – Chairman, Gov. Udom Emmanuel – Akwa Ibom State, Gov. Sen. Douye Diri – Bayelsa State, Gov. Samuel Ortom -Benue State and Gov. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State.

Others were; Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi – Enugu State, Gov. Nyesom Wike, CON – Rivers State, Gov. Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde – Oyo State, Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri – Adamawa State, Gov. Godwin Obaseki – Edo State, Gov. Bala Mohammed -Bauchi State and Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd -Zamfara State Deputy Governor.

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