APC Governors Warn National Assembly Against LG Autonomy

State governors on the platform of the newly registered mega party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday cautioned the National Assembly against legislating on any aspect of the local government administration in the country; saying that such an action will tilt the country towards a unitary state.

This was part of the resolutions of the APC governors at their maiden meeting held in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital on Wednesday.

In attendance at the meeting were Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa State), Governor Kashim Shettima (Borno ); Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti ); Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos); Senator  Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Governor Abdulazeez Yari ( Zamfara),and  Senator Ibikunle  Amosun ( Ogun State); Comrade Adams Oshiomhole ( Edo) and Governor Rochas Okorocha ( Imo State, represented by his Deputy, Prince Eze Madumere). Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe State could not attend following his trip to the lesser Hajj.

Reading the communiqué after  the 4-hour long meeting, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the governors extensively discussed constitutional amendment and resolved that the issue of local government administration is a matter within the purview of the federating unit and that federalism is the basis of the nation’s  sovereignty.

The Governors added that any attempt by the National Assembly to legislate on any aspect of council administration will undermine and weaken the fundamental principles of the Nigerian federalism.

Fayemi also said that the Forum deliberated on revenue allocation and noted that in spite of recommendations made to the Presidency, no effect has been given to the extant proposals on the need to give more funds to the states and local governments because that is where the citizens reside.

Okupe Calls APC Governor’s Visit To Borno ‘Foolish Bravery’

The Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe on Wednesday described the visit of some All Progressive Congress (APC) to Borno State, considered a Boko Haram stronghold, as foolish bravery.

The Senior Special Assistant for Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe

Mr Okupe, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said the caché of arms uncovered by the military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State after President Jonathan visited the state showed that there was ‘clear and present danger’ in the state.

The presidential spokesman, who was speaking on the achievement of President Jonathan’s visit to Borno and Yobe states said, “I cannot finish this without talking about the visit of the so-called 10 or 11 APC governors, who went on a dance parade to the market square and were waving hands and people are now saying that they were courageous.”

Mr Okupe said President Jonathan and not the governors was the target of Boko Haram.

He said, “The governors that went to Borno were not the target. They are not consequential in the consideration of the Boko Haram. 30 governors can go to Borno state, Boko Haram is not moved by that. The president is their target and that is what makes the difference.

“What was demonstrated was foolish bravery.”