3-In-A-Row: Ayade Absent As PDP Governors Meet, Seek State Police And Restructuring

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Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (M) reads the communique after a meeting of the PDP Governors at the IITA conference center in Ibadan, Oyo State. CRS Governor Benedict Ayade was absent

By Jonathan Ugbal

Governor Benedict Ayade of Cross River and his Taraba State counterpart were absent from a meeting of Governors elected on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held at Ibadan, the Oyo State capital which makes in the third time in 20 days he failed to attend or send a representative to meetings with his colleagues.

Ayade, who over the years missed several of such meetings, has in 20 days, missed a virtual meeting (May 4th) and a physical meeting (May 11th) of the Southern Governors Forum as well as that of PDP Governors (May 17th).

The Ibadan meeting which held at the International Conference Centre of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on Monday saw the Governors state their positions on restructuring, state police, rising insecurity and the electoral act.

They sought an executive bill for the creation of State police, urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari to convene a meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, called for restructuring and the signing into law, of the amended electoral act.

11 Governors and one Deputy Governor (Zamfara) were in attendance.

Read the communique below…

1. The meeting called on Mr President 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.

2. In the interim, Mr President should summon an immediate meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, which comprises Mr President and all State Governors and other critical stakeholders to evolve and implement strategies to combat the present threats to our union, especially with respect to policing. The meeting agreed that the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure our democracy and should not be subjected to personal attacks. The welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority.

3. The meeting supports 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; 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.

4. The meeting enjoins 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.

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

6. 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.

In attendance are:
Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State – Chairman
Gov. Udom Emmanuel – Akwa Ibom State – Member
Gov. Sen. Douye Diri – Bayelsa State – Member
Gov. Samuel Ortom -Benue State -Member
Gov. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State – Member
Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi – Enugu State – Member
Gov. Nyesom Wike, CON – Rivers State – Member
Gov. Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde – Oyo State – Member
Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri -Adamawa State -Member
Gov. Godwin Obaseki – Edo State -Member
Gov. Bala Mohammed -Bauchi State – Member
Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd -Zamfara State -Deputy Governor

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