APC Governors Visit Enugu Governor Over Nimbo Attack

Northern-Governors-APC A delegation of governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have condemned the Ukpabi Nimbo attack of April 25, insisting that the perpetrators must be brought to book.

The condemnation was made when the governors visited the Enugu State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, at the Government House, Enugu, to commiserate with him on the mindless attack on his hapless citizens.

Leading the delegation was the Chairman of APC Governors Forum and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, who decries the ugly incident and insisted that it was a criminal act that should be condemned in the strongest terms.

He emphasised that crime in any form or shape should not be politicised either by attaching religious or tribal sentiments to it.

The governors, however, commended the maturity displayed by the government and people of Enugu State by not allowing the incident to degenerate into crisis.

Traditional rulers and some clergy men in the state were at the meeting with the visiting governors.

Nigeria’s National Anthem ignited the sober moment and thereafter, the leader of the delegation and the Governor of Imo State went straight to the purpose of their visit.

Nimbo-Community-Enugu
Nimbo Community was attacked by suspected herdsmen

First, he said, it was to commiserate with the government and people of Enugu state over the deadly attack on Nimbo people, reiterating that it was a criminal act that should be condemned.

On behalf of his colleagues, he commended the government and people of Enugu state for exhibiting maturity in the handling of the ugly incident, which if not properly managed would have escalated to a full blown crisis.

Also addressing the feeling of pain associated with the incident, the Governor of Borno State, Mr Kashim Shettima, explained that he understood the ordeal the people of Enugu State were going through, having been enmeshed in the deadly attacks of Boko Haram daily.

Commending the industrious and accommodating spirit of the Igbo people, he condoled with the government and people of Enugu State and urged them to continue to remain calm.

Responding, Governor Ugwuanyi said the visit of his colleagues was a significant one which showed that the nation shared in the State’s moment of grief.

He prayed that the commission of inquiry set up would help unravel the relevant facts in the incident.

The traditional ruler of Eziama-Olo, Igwe Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, in a vote of thanks, commended their visitors and pleaded with them to assist and ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

The delegation afterwards shared moments of photography with the hosts before departing through the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

APC Governors Seek Bailout From Federal Government

Rochas-Okorochao APC Governor Forum Chairman
Governor Rochas Okorocha says the Nigerian economy has been poorly managed.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum has called for a bailout for states which have been unable to pay workers’ salaries.

Briefing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday after a meeting that lasted for over five hours, the Chairman of the Governors Forum, Mr Rochas Okorocha, said the Governors were concerned about the dwindling revenue of the states which had affected the lives of the people negatively.

According to the Nigeria Labour Congress, 18 states are owing workers salaries spanning for as much as 10 months. Most of the States’ governors are members of the APC.

“Dwindling Revenue”

Mr Okorocha said the current situation was a product of poor management of the economy.

“On the economy of the nation, we are concerned and worried by the dwindling revenue of the states which today has affected negatively, the lives of our people.

“The matter has become so serious that urgent action must be taken for a bailout for the states, as things are not getting better either.

“We have sat down to review steps that should be taken and we are calling for total overhaul of the system to block all the leakages in our nation’s economy,” Governor Okorcha said.

He told the reporters that the APC government had met a near empty treasury, a situation he said had become very worrisome to the Governors and the entire nation.

Governor Okorocha said the Governors Forum had congratulated the National Assembly on their election of the new leadership.

The chairman of the forum said the Governors had resolved to reconcile the members who had disagreed with the process.

“We are aware that the process attracted a lot of disagreements here and there and we have resolved to embark on a peace and reconciliation process to make sure that we will return as members of one family we have always been,” he said.

APC Tasks INEC On Proper Conduct Of Ekiti, Osun Elections

The governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday urged all relevant stakeholders involved in preparations towards the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place to discharge their duties lawfully and with utmost responsibility.

At the meeting held at the Lagos House, Marina, the governors, under the banner of Progressives Governors’ Forum, deliberated extensively on the preparations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the elections.

They maintained that there was need for adequate preparations in order “to forestall a repeat of the electoral sham experienced in Anambra and Delta States and to restore the credibility in the electoral process”.

On the recent defection of some members of the House of Representatives from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, the governors called on the members of the National Assembly to remain steadfast in upholding the rights and privileges of its members to choose, without intimidation, the political party of their choice.

A communiqué issued after the meeting and read to reporters by the Forum Chairman and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, stated that the governors deliberated on the political and security situation in Rivers State and took an in-depth look at the activities of the Nigeria Police Force in the State in the last couple of months.

They frowned at the “recklessness, impunity and outright misconduct of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu and maintained that the Nigeria Police Force is not a PDP police and such flagrant violations of the Constitution and laws of Nigeria should henceforth stop”.

According to the communiqué, the Forum also deliberated extensively on the need to strengthen the All Progressives Congress and its structures. It discussed political developments in APC States with the aim of building a common development agenda.

Other APC Governors in attendance at the meeting include, Governors of Nassarawa State, Tanko Almakura, Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,  Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Oyo State Senator Abiola Ajimobi and Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi while the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje represented his State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

APC Governors’ Forum Meet In Lagos

State governors, under the banner of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, have met in Lagos to deliberate on strategies to strengthen the party and have also taken a look at the state of the nation.

Reading from a communique issued at the end of their meeting, the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, said that members of the National Assembly have a right to re-align themselves with parties of their choice without being sanctioned.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included, the alleged police brutality in Rivers State, preparations for the commencement of membership registration and the need for INEC to make adequate preparations for the upcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun states.

The forum maintained that there was need for adequate preparations in order “to forestall a repeat of the electoral sham experienced in Anambra and Delta States and to restore credibility in the electoral process”.

They also reviewed the preparations for the commencement of membership registration into the party, and urged all prospective members, sympathizers and party structures to fully support the process for a comprehensive documentation and registration of members.

On the political and security situation in Rivers State, the forum frowned at the conduct of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu and maintained “that the Nigeria Police Force is not a PDP police and such flagrant violations of the Constitution and laws of Nigeria should henceforth stop”.

They also deliberated on the need for strengthening the All Progressives Congress and its structures as well as discussed political developments in APC States with the aim of building a common development agenda.

Other APC Governors in attendance at the meeting include, Governors of Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti, Ogun, Oyo and Rivers states; Tanko Almakura, Rauf Aregbesola, Kayode Fayemi, Ibikunle Amosun, Abiola Ajimobi and Rotimi Amaechi, while the Deputy Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje represented his State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.