Stop Blaming Us For PDP’s Failure, APC Tells Governors

Ex-Adamawa Deputy Governor Tahir Dumps PDP For APC
A photo combination of the PDP and APC logos.

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum to focus on how to fix its party rather than trading blames.

Senator John Akpanudoedehe, the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) gave the caution on behalf of the ruling party.

In a statement on Monday, he faulted the resolutions of the PDP governors who met in Bauchi State to deliberate on critical issues affecting the country.

“Our attention has been drawn to yet another communique by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum which is laced with lies, idle conspiracy theories on the state of the nation, and the PDP’s pitiable attempt to explain its failed state as the supposed main opposition party in the country.

“It is indeed remarkable that the PDP has finally opened up to its fast-depleting fortunes. However, it is advisable that the PDP concentrates on redemption instead of blaming the APC or anyone else for its rudderless state,” said Akpanudoedehe.

He added, “We reiterate that it is foolhardy for the PDP to expect its members to sink with the party in the face of its failed state.

“The PDP should quickly address itself to the fact that its members and leaders who are joining the APC in droves are attracted and inspired by the progressive leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari government and the internal democracy being entrenched by the leadership of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).”

At the meeting in Bauchi, the PDP governors had slammed the APC led Federal Government over the present security and economic situations in the country.

They also stressed the need for free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.

Defending the ruling party, Akpanudoedehe stated that every election conducted in the country has been an improvement on the last under the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He gave the assurance that the APC would continue to support constitutionally backed innovations by election management bodies to make the nation’s elections more credible.

According to the APC chieftain, the party is resolved to entrench internal democracy in all decision-making processes, particularly party nomination – direct and indirect primaries, or consensus.

“The Permanent Voters’ Card remains the only legal instrument voters can use to elect progressive leaders who can sustain the ongoing efforts of APC governments at the Federal, state and local government areas to sustain its successes in renewing national infrastructure, transforming agriculture and diversifying the economy.

“We urge well-meaning Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Continuous Voter Registration exercise to register,” he said.

It Is Time To End Banditry, Terrorism – PDP Governors

A file photo of a man holding a gun.

 

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called on the Federal Government to end the activities of bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers terrorising residents in parts of the country.

They made the call on Monday at the meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum held in Bauchi State, where they deliberated on the state of the nation and reviewed the state of the nation’s democracy, economy, and security.

“It is time to bring the activities of bandits, kidnappers, and terrorists to an end, through increased use of military equipment. Traditional means of conflict resolution and technology for surveillance and the development of the political will to flush them out.

“Kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism are not business ventures as claimed by APC but heinous state crimes, that is destroying the Nigerian economy, the educational and social future of our children and causing significant social upheavals in society,” said Sokoto State Governor and Chairman of the Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, who read the communique issued at the end of the meeting.

On the economy, the governors admonished the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government to collaborate more with state governments to stem the unemployment scourge affecting the youths.

They recommended that this could be achieved through technology and increased production in all fields of endeavour.

The governors, however, asked the government to stop paying lip service on the Ease of Doing Business, saying foreign direct investments have continued to fall partly due to obstacles placed on foreign companies willing to invest in Nigeria.

“A glaring example is that of Facebook who insisted on investing in Nigeria rather than Ghana, and is being frustrated by regulatory authorities,” Governor Tambuwal said.

The governors urged Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing registration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to arm themselves with the necessary tools in the struggle to “rescue Nigeria from the APC maladministration”.

They also asked the youths and women to use the opportunity of the PDP e-registration exercise to register as members of the party, while existing members should update their membership electronically.

PDP Governors Demand Decentralisation Of Security Operations To Tackle Threat

A picture of a house destroyed and burnt during an attack on a community.

 

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the decentralisation of the operations of the security apparatus of the state, even within the existing legal framework.

They explained that the move became necessary in the face of the disturbing spate of insecurity in the land, to ensure the input of local operators in state and local governments in policing and security.

The governors made the call on Monday at a meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, they decried that President Muhammadu Buhari seemed not to be aware that the coercive instruments of state security were firmly within his hands and not the governors, considering his recent media interview on the subject.

The leaders reminded the President that he has ultimate authority under the Constitution over the security organisations, even though the states have a role to play.

They believe cooperation and synergy between states and the Federal Government in security operations were critical in securing the nation and its people.

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PDP governors attend a meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on June 14, 2021.

 

The governors stated that despite being on the Exclusive List, the states spend huge sums of money to support the police and other security agencies to carry out their duties.

They, therefore, stressed the need for an appropriate legal framework to involve the states in policing and called on the National Assembly to expedite action in passing the Electoral Act and Constitution amendments to ensure restructuring and decentralisation of governmental powers and functions.

Read the communique issued at the end of the meeting below:

The PDP Governors’ Forum held a meeting on 14th June 2021 at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where it once again reviewed the state of the nation.

The meeting deliberated in particular on the deteriorating economic and security situation in the country, and worsening social and political tensions and issued the following communique:

The Forum examined the operations of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and expressed alarm at the OPAQUE manner it carries out its operations. It decried the recent NNPC’s decision not to make its statutory contributions to the Federation Account, thereby starving the States and Local Governments and indeed Nigerians of funds needed for employment, development and general well-being.

The meeting emphasised that under the Constitution, the NNPC is duty-bound to make proceeds of sale or business of Petroleum available to the Federation Account which belongs to the three tiers of government, excluding reasonable and verified and verifiable cost of operations.

The Federal government through NNPC is a manager of our oil wealth merely as A TRUSTEE for all Nigerians. The meeting frowned at a situation where the NNPC decides in a totally discretionary and often whimsical manner, how much to spend, how to spend it, and how much to remit to the Federation Account, contrary to the letters and even the spirit of the 1999 Constitution.

The meeting called on other agencies of Government such as Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Federal Inland Revenue Services, Customs and Excise, and similar organisations that are statutorily required to make contributions into the Federation Account, to do more. The federating states should, going forward, now have a say in the determination of operating costs to ensure transparency and accountability.

The meeting called for urgent steps to reverse these ugly trends in our practice of democracy, constitutionalism, and federalism.

The PDP Governors also expressed deep concerns about the operational system and methods of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). It viewed with regret that the CBN is operating as an independent government within a government, which is a pervasion of the autonomy of the bank.

A situation where CBN creates money, decides how much of it to spend, on what to spend it on without any form of controls or supervision is patently subversive of our constitutional order. It has become not just a LEVIATHAN, but also a Father Christmas of sorts, dabbling into every sphere and scope of governmental activity, not just as a lender of last resort, but as a full executing agency of government.

The meeting observed that the CBN has become such an octopus that it threatens state governments publicly, without decorum, about sanctions on any attempt to question its MODUS OPERANDI. The CBN should take immediate steps to halt the depreciation of the Naira.

The PDP Governors frowned at the rising and seemingly uncontrollable debt profile of Nigeria with over 80% of normal Appropriation spent on debt servicing. All the gains of the PDP Government under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, where Nigeria exited its foreign debt obligations have been destroyed. Borrowing for frivolous items such as funding the Nigerian Television Authority is scandalous.

Money should only be borrowed for productive purposes as Nigeria’s current debt of over N36 Trillion Naira is becoming clearly unsustainable relative to our earnings and GDP. We should not saddle incoming generations with the undue debt burden. The borrowing spree of the APC administration if unchecked will certainly lead Nigeria into avoidable bankruptcy.

The Forum reiterated its call, which seems to have fallen on deaf ears, for the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to URGENTLY SEND the revised Revenue Allocation Formular to Mr President for onward transmission to the National Assembly for enactment, such that more resources are made available to States and Local Governments where ordinary Nigerians reside.

It called on the Chairman and Members of the Commission to RESIGN or be relieved of their duties if they cannot discharge this sacred constitutional duty entrusted by the Nigerian people to it. The present constitutional amendment process should make the Commission more independent and accountable to all stakeholders.

The meeting expressed support for the implementation of judicial and legislative autonomy in the Federation and States, in conformity with the extant provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

The meeting called for more involvement of States in mining and geophysical activities within their States. This is necessary not just to curtail harm to the environment but to further diversify the Nigerian economy and complement Oil as a foreign exchange earner for Nigeria.

The PDP Governors further reviewed the emerging threats to our democracy, constitutionalism, and rule of law and cautioned the Federal Government to exercise power with restraint. The need for law and order is paramount to secure our nation but mindless killings of innocent civilians should be avoided and is hereby condemned.

It is in the same vein that the meeting reiterated its earlier revulsion at any attack on security personnel and their property anywhere in the country as a criminal and egregious act for which perpetrators should be brought to book.

The meeting examined the suspension of TWITTER from operating in Nigeria and condemned the personalised reasons given for the action. The mere ego of Mr President is not enough for such a drastic action that deprives millions of Nigerians of such an affordable means of expression and communication. We hope that this is not a harbinger or early warning signs of descent into dictatorship.

The meeting noted that social media regulation can only be done within the existing laws on the subject and should not be used as an attempt to punish or gag Nigerians from enjoying constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Nigerian youths do not have adequate access to employment and a lot of Nigerians rely on TWITTER for their livelihood, businesses, and self-employment. This will further worsen Nigeria’s 33% unemployment rate which is the highest in the world, improve Nigeria’s ranking as the country with second-highest poverty rate in the entire world, all of which happened under APC’s unfortunate stewardship.

The meeting consequently requested Mr President to review the suspension of TWITTER operations in Nigeria in the national interest.

The meeting further called on the APC-led Federal government to think outside the box and find solutions to the challenges facing electricity supply in Nigeria as the current system is certainly not delivering the power needed for Nigeria’s rapid industrialisation.

On the recurring question of insecurity of lives and property in Nigeria, the PDP Governors reiterated the need to decentralise the operations of the security apparatus of state even within the existing legal framework, to ensure the input of local operators in State and Local Governments in policing and security.

It lamented the fact that Mr President seems not to be aware that the coercive instruments of State security are firmly within his hands and not the Governors, considering his recent media interview on the subject. The meeting reminded Mr. President that he has ultimate authority under the Constitution over security organisations, even though the States have a role to play.

Cooperation and synergy between States and the Federal Government in security operations are critical in securing Nigeria. In any case, even though, Police are on the Exclusive List, the States, as a practical matter spend huge sums of money to support the security agencies to carry out their duties.

The need for an appropriate legal framework to involve the States in policing has become even more urgent by the day. To this end, we reiterate our call for the National Assembly to expedite action in passing the Electoral Act and Constitution amendments to ensure restructuring and decentralisation of governmental powers and functions.

The meeting extolled the virtues and achievements of His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, our Chief Host. They noted that he has brought prudence, innovation, and competence in the management of state resources, with major landmark projects and interventions, and thanked him for being a wonderful host.

In attendance are:

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR    – Sokoto State – Chairman

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu                                       – Abia State – Vice-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

Gov. Arc Darius Ishaku                                 – Taraba State – Member

Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd                            – Zamfara State – Deputy Governor

Unchecked Borrowing May Force Nigeria Into Avoidable Bankruptcy – PDP Governors

PDP governors attend a meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on June 14, 2021.

 

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday raised an alarm over the rate at which the All Progressives Congress (APC) is borrowing money to fund projects in the country.

This formed part of the resolutions reached at the end of the meeting of the PDP Governors’ Forum held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

“Money should only be borrowed for productive purposes as Nigeria’s current debt of over N36 trillion is becoming clearly unsustainable relative to our earnings and GDP.

“We should not saddle incoming generations with an undue debt burden. The borrowing spree of the APC administration if unchecked will certainly lead Nigeria into avoidable bankruptcy,” a communique issued at the end of the meeting read in part.

The governors decried that the debt profile of Nigeria with over 80 per cent of normal appropriation spent on debt servicing was rising and becoming uncontrollable.

They stated that all the gains of the PDP government under former President Olusegun Obasanjo when the nation exited its foreign debt obligations had been destroyed.

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The governors accused the present administration of borrowing for frivolous items, stressing that such an action was scandalous.

They faulted the operational system and methods of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) which they claimed was functioning as an independent government-within-a-government.

“A situation where CBN creates money, decides how much of it to spend, on what to spend it on without any form of controls or supervision is patently subversive of our constitutional order.

“It has become not just a leviathan, but also a Father Christmas of sorts, dabbling into every sphere and scope of governmental activity, not just as a lender of last resort, but as a full executing agency of government,” the communique read.

It added, “The meeting observed that the CBN has become such an octopus that it threatens state governments publicly, without decorum, about sanctions on any attempt to question its Modus Operandi. The CBN should take immediate steps to halt the depreciation of the naira.”

A file photo of a house destroyed and burnt during an attack by gunmen.

 

Tackling Insecurity

The governors also called for the decentralisation of the operations of the security apparatus of the state, even within the existing legal framework.

They explained that the move became necessary in the face of the disturbing spate of insecurity in the land, to ensure the input of local operators in state and local governments in policing and security.

The governors decried that President Muhammadu Buhari seemed not to be aware that the coercive instruments of state security were firmly within his hands and not the governors, considering his recent media interview on the subject.

They reminded the President that he has ultimate authority under the Constitution over the security organisations, even though the states have a role to play.

The leaders believe cooperation and synergy between states and the Federal Government in security operations were critical in securing the nation and its people.

They stated that despite being on the Exclusive List, the states spend huge sums of money to support the police and other security agencies to carry out their duties.

The governors called on the National Assembly to expedite action in passing the Electoral Act and Constitution amendments to ensure restructuring and decentralisation of governmental powers and functions.

Read the communique issued at the end of the meeting below:

The PDP Governors’ Forum held a meeting on 14th June 2021 at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where it once again reviewed the state of the nation.

The meeting deliberated in particular on the deteriorating economic and security situation in the country, and worsening social and political tensions and issued the following communique:

The Forum examined the operations of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and expressed alarm at the OPAQUE manner it carries out its operations. It decried the recent NNPC’s decision not to make its statutory contributions to the Federation Account, thereby starving the States and Local Governments and indeed Nigerians of funds needed for employment, development and general well-being.

The meeting emphasised that under the Constitution, the NNPC is duty-bound to make proceeds of sale or business of Petroleum available to the Federation Account which belongs to the three tiers of government, excluding reasonable and verified and verifiable cost of operations.

The Federal government through NNPC is a manager of our oil wealth merely as A TRUSTEE for all Nigerians. The meeting frowned at a situation where the NNPC decides in a totally discretionary and often whimsical manner, how much to spend, how to spend it, and how much to remit to the Federation Account, contrary to the letters and even the spirit of the 1999 Constitution.

The meeting called on other agencies of Government such as Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Federal Inland Revenue Services, Customs and Excise, and similar organisations that are statutorily required to make contributions into the Federation Account, to do more. The federating states should, going forward, now have a say in the determination of operating costs to ensure transparency and accountability.

The meeting called for urgent steps to reverse these ugly trends in our practice of democracy, constitutionalism, and federalism.

The PDP Governors also expressed deep concerns about the operational system and methods of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). It viewed with regret that the CBN is operating as an independent government within a government, which is a pervasion of the autonomy of the bank.

A situation where CBN creates money, decides how much of it to spend, on what to spend it on without any form of controls or supervision is patently subversive of our constitutional order. It has become not just a LEVIATHAN, but also a Father Christmas of sorts, dabbling into every sphere and scope of governmental activity, not just as a lender of last resort, but as a full executing agency of government.

The meeting observed that the CBN has become such an octopus that it threatens state governments publicly, without decorum, about sanctions on any attempt to question its MODUS OPERANDI. The CBN should take immediate steps to halt the depreciation of the Naira.

The PDP Governors frowned at the rising and seemingly uncontrollable debt profile of Nigeria with over 80% of normal Appropriation spent on debt servicing. All the gains of the PDP Government under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, where Nigeria exited its foreign debt obligations have been destroyed. Borrowing for frivolous items such as funding the Nigerian Television Authority is scandalous.

Money should only be borrowed for productive purposes as Nigeria’s current debt of over N36 Trillion Naira is becoming clearly unsustainable relative to our earnings and GDP. We should not saddle incoming generations with the undue debt burden. The borrowing spree of the APC administration if unchecked will certainly lead Nigeria into avoidable bankruptcy.

The Forum reiterated its call, which seems to have fallen on deaf ears, for the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to URGENTLY SEND the revised Revenue Allocation Formular to Mr President for onward transmission to the National Assembly for enactment, such that more resources are made available to States and Local Governments where ordinary Nigerians reside.

It called on the Chairman and Members of the Commission to RESIGN or be relieved of their duties if they cannot discharge this sacred constitutional duty entrusted by the Nigerian people to it. The present constitutional amendment process should make the Commission more independent and accountable to all stakeholders.

The meeting expressed support for the implementation of judicial and legislative autonomy in the Federation and States, in conformity with the extant provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

The meeting called for more involvement of States in mining and geophysical activities within their States. This is necessary not just to curtail harm to the environment but to further diversify the Nigerian economy and complement Oil as a foreign exchange earner for Nigeria.

The PDP Governors further reviewed the emerging threats to our democracy, constitutionalism, and rule of law and cautioned the Federal Government to exercise power with restraint. The need for law and order is paramount to secure our nation but mindless killings of innocent civilians should be avoided and is hereby condemned.

It is in the same vein that the meeting reiterated its earlier revulsion at any attack on security personnel and their property anywhere in the country as a criminal and egregious act for which perpetrators should be brought to book.

The meeting examined the suspension of TWITTER from operating in Nigeria and condemned the personalised reasons given for the action. The mere ego of Mr President is not enough for such a drastic action that deprives millions of Nigerians of such an affordable means of expression and communication. We hope that this is not a harbinger or early warning signs of descent into dictatorship.

The meeting noted that social media regulation can only be done within the existing laws on the subject and should not be used as an attempt to punish or gag Nigerians from enjoying constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Nigerian youths do not have adequate access to employment and a lot of Nigerians rely on TWITTER for their livelihood, businesses, and self-employment. This will further worsen Nigeria’s 33% unemployment rate which is the highest in the world, improve Nigeria’s ranking as the country with second-highest poverty rate in the entire world, all of which happened under APC’s unfortunate stewardship.

The meeting consequently requested Mr President to review the suspension of TWITTER operations in Nigeria in the national interest.

The meeting further called on the APC-led Federal government to think outside the box and find solutions to the challenges facing electricity supply in Nigeria as the current system is certainly not delivering the power needed for Nigeria’s rapid industrialisation.

On the recurring question of insecurity of lives and property in Nigeria, the PDP Governors reiterated the need to decentralise the operations of the security apparatus of state even within the existing legal framework, to ensure the input of local operators in State and Local Governments in policing and security.

It lamented the fact that Mr President seems not to be aware that the coercive instruments of State security are firmly within his hands and not the Governors, considering his recent media interview on the subject. The meeting reminded Mr. President that he has ultimate authority under the Constitution over security organisations, even though the States have a role to play.

Cooperation and synergy between States and the Federal Government in security operations are critical in securing Nigeria. In any case, even though, Police are on the Exclusive List, the States, as a practical matter spend huge sums of money to support the security agencies to carry out their duties.

The need for an appropriate legal framework to involve the States in policing has become even more urgent by the day. To this end, we reiterate our call for the National Assembly to expedite action in passing the Electoral Act and Constitution amendments to ensure restructuring and decentralisation of governmental powers and functions.

The meeting extolled the virtues and achievements of His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, our Chief Host. They noted that he has brought prudence, innovation, and competence in the management of state resources, with major landmark projects and interventions, and thanked him for being a wonderful host.

In attendance are:

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR    – Sokoto State – Chairman

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu                                       – Abia State – Vice-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

Gov. Arc Darius Ishaku                                 – Taraba State – Member

Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd                            – Zamfara State – Deputy Governor

PDP Governors Hold Strategic Meeting In Uyo

PDP governors in a group picture before the meeting in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state capital.

 

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday held a closed-door meeting in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State.

Those in attendance at the meeting include the host Governor, Udom Emmanuel; Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers, Douye Diri of Bayelsa, and Samuel Ortom of Benue.

Others are, Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu; Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta; Ahmadu Umaru Fintirin of Adamawa; Godwin Obaseki of Edo; Governors Bala Mohammed of Bauchi; Seyi Makinda of Oyo and Zamfara State Governor who is being represented his Deputy, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.

The Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal had made a pledge to provide the needed platform for the party to return to power at the federal level in 2023.

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Tambuwal said this on Sunday at a state banquet, organised by the Akwa lbom State government, ahead of the forum meeting in Uyo.

He promised that the PDP governors would not disappoint Nigerians looking up to them to actualise their yearnings for the party to return to power in 2023.

At the end of the meeting, the chairman of the forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal summarised the decisions of the governors in a fourteen-point communique.

 

 

Find below the full communique issued by the governors…

 

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM HELD ON 14TH JUNE 2021, AT UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE.

The PDP Governors’ Forum held a meeting on 14th June, 2021 at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, where it once again reviewed the state of the nation. The meeting deliberated in particular on the deteriorating economic and security situation in the country, and worsening social and political tensions and issued the following Communique.

1. The Forum examined the operations of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and expressed alarm at the OPAQUE manner it carries out its operations. It decried the recent NNPCs decision not to make its statutory contributions to the Federation Account, thereby starving the States and Local Governments and indeed Nigerians of funds needed for employment, development and general wellbeing. The meeting emphasised that under the Constitution, the NNPC is duty bound to make proceeds of sale or business of Petroleum available to the Federation Account which belongs to the three tiers of government, excluding reasonable and verified and verifiable cost of operations. The Federal government through NNPC is a manager of our oil wealth merely as A TRUSTEE for all Nigerians. The meeting frowned at a situation where the NNPC decides in a totally discretionary and often whimsical manner, how much to spend, how to spend it and how much to remit to the Federation Account, contrary to the letters and even the spirit of the 1999 Constitution.

2. The meeting called on other agencies of Government such as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), Federal Inland Revenue Services, Customs and Excise, and similar organisations that are statutorily required to make contributions into the Federation Account, to do more. The federating States should going forward now have a say in the determination of operating costs to ensure transparency and accountability.

The meeting called for urgent steps to reverse these ugly trends in our practice of democracy, constitutionalism, and Federalism.

3. The PDP Governors also expressed deep concerns on the operational system and methods of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). It viewed with regrets that the CBN is operating as an independent government within a Government, which is a pervasion of the autonomy of the Bank. A situation where CBN creates money, decides how much of it to spend, on what to spend it on without any form of controls or supervision is patently subversive of our constitutional order. It has become not just a LEVIATHAN, but also a father Christmas of sorts, dabbling into every sphere and scope of governmental activity, not just as a lender of last resort, but as a full executing agency of government. The meeting observed that the CBN has become such an octopus that it threatens State governments publicly, without decorum, about sanctions on any attempt to question its MODUS OPERANDI. The CBN should take immediate steps to halt the depreciation of the Naira.

4. The PDP Governors frowned at the rising and seemingly uncontrollable debt profile of Nigeria with over 80% of normal Appropriation spent on debt servicing. All the gains of the PDP Government under Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, where Nigeria exited its foreign debt obligations has been destroyed. Borrowing for frivolous items such as funding the Nigerian Television Authority is scandalous. Money should only be borrowed for productive purposes as Nigeria’s current debt of over N36 Trillion Naira is becoming clearly unsustainable relative to our earnings and GDP. We should not saddle incoming generations with undue debt burden. The borrowing spree of the APC administration if unchecked, will certainly lead Nigeria into avoidable bankruptcy.

5. The Forum reiterated its call, which seem to have fallen on deaf ears, for the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to URGENTLY SEND the revised Revenue Allocation Formular to Mr President for onward transmission to the National Assembly for enactment, such that more resources are made available to States and Local Governments where ordinary Nigerians reside. It called on the Chairman and Members of the Commission to RESIGN or be relieved of their duties, if they cannot discharge this sacred constitutional duty entrusted by the Nigerian people to it. The present constitutional amendment process should make the Commission more independent and accountable to all stakeholders.

6. The meeting expressed support for the implementation of judicial and legislative autonomy in the Federation and States, in conformity with the extant provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

7. The meeting called for more involvement of States in mining and geophysical activities within their States. This is necessary not just to curtail harm to the environment but to further diversify the Nigerian economy and complement Oil as a foreign exchange earner for Nigeria.

8. The PDP Governors further reviewed the emerging threats to our democracy, constitutionalism and rule of law and cautioned the Federal Government to exercise power with restraint. The need for law and order is paramount to secure our nation but mindless killings of innocent civilians should be avoided and is hereby condemned. It is in the same vein that the meeting reiterated its earlier revulsion at any attack on security personnel and their property anywhere in the country as a criminal and egregious act for which perpetrators should be brought to book.

9. The meeting examined the suspension of TWITTER from operating in Nigeria, and condemned the personalised reasons given for the action. The mere ego of Mr President is not enough for such a drastic action that deprives millions of Nigerians from such an affordable means of expression and communication. We hope that this is not a harbinger or early warning signs of descent into dictatorship.

10. The meeting noted that social media regulation can only be done within the existing laws on the subject and should not be used as an attempt to punish or gag Nigerians from enjoying constitutionally guaranteed rights. Nigerian youths do not have adequate access to employment and a lot of Nigerians rely on TWITTER for their livehood, businesses and self-employment. This will further worsen Nigeria’s 33% unemployment rate which is the highest in the world, improve Nigerias ranking as the country with second highest poverty rate in the entire world, all of which happened under APC’s unfortunate stewardship.

The meeting consequently requested Mr President to review the suspension of TWITTER operations in Nigeria in the national interest.

11. The meeting further called on the APC led Federal government to think outside the box and find solutions to the challenges facing electricity supply in Nigeria as the current system is certainly not delivering power needed for Nigeria’s rapid industrialisation.

12. On the recurring question of insecurity of lives and property in Nigeria, the PDP Governors reiterated the need to decentralise the operations of the security apparatus of state even within the existing legal framework, to ensure the input of local operators in State and Local Governments in policing and security.

13. It lamented the fact that Mr President seem not to be aware that the coercive instruments of State security is firmly within his hands and not the Governors, considering his recent media interview on the subject. The meeting reminded Mr. President that he has ultimate authority under the Constitution over security organisations, even though the States have a role to play. Cooperation and synergy between States and the Federal Government in security operations is critical in securing Nigeria. In any case, even though, Police is on the Exclusive List, the States, as a practical matter spend huge sums of money to support the security agencies to carry out their duties. The need for an appropriate legal framework to involve the States in policing has become even more urgent by the day. To this end we reiterate our call for the National Assembly to expedite action in passing the Electoral Act and Constitution amendments to ensure restructuring and decentralisation of governmental powers and functions.

14. The meeting extolled the virtues and achievements of His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom State, our Chief Host. They noted that he has brought prudence, innovation and competence in the management of state resources, with major landmark projects and interventions, and thanked him for being a wonderful host.

In attendance are:
Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State – Chairman
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu -Abia State – Vice 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
Gov. Arc Darius Ishaku -Taraba State -Member
Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd -Zamfara State -Deputy Governor

 

‘Devolve More Powers To States,’ PDP Governors Advise Buhari On Insecurity

 

State governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the devolution of powers to states as one of the ways to tackle the disturbing trend of insecurity in the country.

This formed part of many resolutions reached by the governors on Monday when they met in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to further review the state of the nation.

The governors stressed the need to take action to advance the conversation on what they described as the worsening security situation and collapsing economy of the nation.

In a communique issued at the end of the deliberation, they asked President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently send an executive bill to the National Assembly.

A file photo of some PDP governors at an event in Ibadan, Oyo State on May 16, 2021.

 

The bill, they noted, was to amend the 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.

The governors also asked the President to convene a meeting of the Nigerian Police Council to develop strategies on how to combat the recent attacks on police formations, especially in the southern part of Nigeria.

According to them, the Police Force remains the appropriate institution to secure Nigeria’s democracy and must not be subjected to personal attacks.

While noting that the welfare and funding of security agencies should be given priority, the governors backed the adoption of ranching as the most viable solution to the crisis between herders and farmers, the restructuring of the country to devolve more powers and functions to the states, as well as reform of civil institutions to achieve efficiency and equity for all sections of the country.

Governors at the meeting included Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Samuel Ortom (Benue), and Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta).

Others were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Oluseyi Makinde (Oyo), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi).

However, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State was represented at the meeting by his deputy, Mahdi Mohd.

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

The communique signed by Governor Tambuwal, who is the PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman, read in part:

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.

The meeting reiterated 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.

Nigeria In Dire Need Of Leadership To Avert Looming Disaster – PDP Governors

Nigeria is in dire need of leadership at the Federal level to avert an impending disaster, the governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have said.

This formed part of the resolutions of the governors on Friday when they met in Makurdi, the Benue State capital to review the state of affairs in the country, including the security challenges among others.

They decried that if the present situation in the country was allowed to linger, Nigeria could slip into a failed state under the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The governors, who described the present administration as one that lacked the capacity to govern, lamented that their fault lines and differences had been stretched to the limit.

According to them, this has triggered a rise in ethnic and tribal tensions, religious divisions, and other forms of social and political cleavages in the country.

The leaders also agreed that the security of lives and property of the people were no longer guaranteed – a situation which they blamed on leadership incompetence and mismanagement of the nation’s affairs.

They acknowledged that governors have a role to play in tackling the nation’s security challenges, but accused the APC of monopolising the country’s coercive authority.

 

Another Civil War?

The governors, among other demands, asked the Federal Government to take advantage of the ongoing constitution amendment process to decentralise the nation’s security architecture and involve the government at the state and local levels.

They also stressed the need for an urgent devolution of powers and restructuring of the country to bring various groups together, saying Nigeria cannot afford another civil war.

Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal, addresses reporters along with his colleagues in Benue State on April 9, 2021.

 

Governors present at the meeting included Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Nyesom Wike (Rivers).

Others are Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), and Bello Mattawale (Zamfara), as well as the Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Baba Tela.

Read the communique of the PDP Governors’ Forum issued at the end of the meeting below:

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, met in Makurdi, Benue State on 9th April 2021, under the aegis of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, PDP–GF, to review the state of affairs in the country and common developments in their states and issued the following Communique at the end of their meeting;

The meeting noted and condemned the alarming drift of Nigeria which if allowed to continue, will make Nigeria a failed state under the watch of the All Progressives Congress, APC, government. They expressed deep concern and alarm at the deteriorating relations between various groups in Nigeria. The Governors were deeply worried that indeed, all our fault lines and differences are being stretched to the limit by a government that clearly lacks the capacity to govern. The meeting agreed that this has given rise to ethnic and tribal tensions, religious divisions, and various forms of social and political cleavages. The Governors concluded that Nigeria is in dire need of leadership at the Federal level to avert the looming disaster.

The meeting was similarly alarmed that the security of lives and property of Nigerians are no longer guaranteed under the present government as a result of leadership incompetence and mismanagement of the nation’s affairs. While noting that Governors have a role to play in the handling of some of the worsening situations, they regret their hands are tied behind their backs as the entire coercive authority in the country is monopolised by the APC federal government. The time has come to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Amendment process to decentralise the security architecture of Nigeria and involve States and Local Governments.

Consequently, the Governors reaffirmed their conviction that an urgent devolution of powers and restructuring of the country in a way that brings together various groups and tendencies in the country appears to have become imperative and timely now as Nigeria cannot afford another civil war.

We call on the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to send a new Revenue Allocation Formular that allocates more resources to States and Local Governments to Mr President for National Assembly’s action. It is a scandal that 21 years after the 1999 Constitution came into being, no new Revenue Formular is in place. Furthermore, the meeting called for a more transparent and accountable running and operation of the NNPC.

The meeting further condemned the intimidation of sitting Governors by the APC administration using all sorts of weapons like security agencies, unequal access to federal resources, promotion of divisions in the opposition political parties with fake promises and falsehoods. We significantly condemn the double standards that are applied by the APC-led federal government to intimidate PDP controlled states. To this end, we call on Mr President to lift the so-called “No flight Zone” and other intimidating tactics, imposed on Zamfara State as similar measures have not been extended to similar states with security challenges like Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Yobe and others. This is mostly politically motivated to ensure that the Governors move over to APC.

The meeting noted that the APC has been unable to even have a democratically-elected National Executive Committee as required by the Nigerian Constitution. A Political Party that operates by military fiat with an appointed and unelected Executive Committee at ALL LEVELS from WARD to NATIONAL has no business running the affairs of our country. APC cannot deliver democracy to Nigeria; even to constitute a Board of Trustees has been an impossible task for the party since its inception. It further expressed surprise that the APC is interested in playing politics and jockeying for power in 2023 when they have done an abysmal and terribly poor job of their current questionable mandate.

The Governors were distressed that Nigeria is now officially the country with the highest unemployment rate in the world at 33% under the disastrous leadership of APC. This is following on the heels of yet another feat of being the country with the second-highest poverty rate in the world. For APC, it is indeed a race to the bottom.

The meeting received briefings from the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, and Chairman PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, and assures Nigerians that help is on the way as the PDP is primed to offer effective leadership ONCE AGAIN to Nigeria. It enjoined Nigerians to once more place their trust in the PDP as the only effective vehicle to salvage the country.

The meeting commended the Governors of PDP-controlled states for their innovative approaches to governance in many fields especially infrastructure, education, health, women and youth initiatives and the timely delivery of developmental projects, across the country. It is these LEGACY PROJECTS being undertaken in many PDP-governed states that will be presented to Nigerians as our scorecard at the appropriate time.

The meeting thanked the Host, His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom for hosting the first meeting of the PDP Governors in recent times outside Abuja and for holding the Party together not only in Benue State but in the entire North Central Zone.

In attendance are:

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State – Chairman

Gov. Dr Okezie Ikpeazu – Abia State – Vice-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. Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku -Taraba State- Member

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri -Adamawa State -Member

Gov. Godwin Obaseki – Edo State -Member

Gov. Bello Mattawale Maradun -Zamfara State -Member

Deputy Governor Sen. Baba Tela – Bauchi State – Member

PDP Governors Shun Political Divide, Support FG To End Insecurity

 

The Governors Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pledged its support for the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges in the country.

Members of the forum led by the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, declared their support for the government at a meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The governors elected on the PDP platform shunned their political divide to provide the necessary support that would in turn boost the effort of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in ending insecurity in the land.

Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, Governor Tambuwal stated that the nation’s security challenges, especially banditry and insurgency, required the cooperation of all, irrespective of party inclination.

According to him, the PDP governors are ready to work with the Federal Government in tackling the problem once and for all.

The meeting which held at the Abuja Lodge of the Sokoto State Governor ended at about 5:10pm.

Governors in attendance include Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Others are Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).

The meeting was also attended by some national executive members of the PDP such as former Senate Presidents Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim, as well as former governors of Gombe and Katsina States, Ibrahim Dankwambo and Ibrahim Shema, among others.

 

No Negotiation With Bandits

The rate of insecurity in Nigeria has become a major source of concern for the people as the government continues to assure them of safety.

Recently, the activities of bandits in the north-western region of the country led to the abduction of scores of residents who later regained freedom days later, and in some cases, weeks.

While the PDP governors met at the nation’s capital, the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, briefed State House correspondents elsewhere on national security.

He stated that the government would apply its full weight to deal with criminals and would not be blackmailed by any group of people into negotiating with those who threaten the nation’s peace.

Monguno insisted that the present administration was not interested in negotiation with bandits, terrorists, and other criminal elements terrorising the country.

Read the Communique Issued at the meeting of PDP Governors’ Forum held on March 11, 2021, at the Sokoto State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja below.

At the meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum held, Thursday, March 11, 2021, at the Conference Hall, Sokoto State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, FCT, the Forum resolved and hereby issue the following communiqué:

The meeting which was attended by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party received an interim report of the PDP Reconciliation Committee of the Party and commended the NWC for setting up the Committee and lauded the Reconciliation Committee on a job well done so far.

The meeting further resolved to strengthen the party to play its appropriate role as the bulwark for the betterment of the lives of Nigerians.

To this end, the meeting further reviewed how to make PDP more efficient and effective and ensure fraud-free primaries, so that the will of party members should always prevail in the nomination of candidates, congresses and conventions.

It resolved to support the electronic registration and update of the membership register of PDP nationwide.

The meeting inaugurated three Committees of the Forum. The Committees and members are as follows:

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu                                      –             Chairman

Gov. Nyesom Wike                                         –              Member

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa                                        –              Member

Gov. Seyi Makinde                                          –              Member

Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri                                        –             Member

Gov. Godwin Obaseki                                    –              Member

Gov. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel                 –              Member

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON COMMITTEE

Sen. Bala Mohammed                                                   –              Chairman

Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa                                                            –              Member

Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi                                                  –              Member

Gov. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel                                 –              Member

Sen. Duoye Diri                                                                 –              Member

Sen. (Prof) Engr. Ayade Benedict                              –              Member

LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Gov. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike                        –              Chairman

Gov. Darius Ishaku                                          –              Member

Gov. Seyi Makinde                                          –              Member

Gov. Samuel Ioraer Ortom                           –              Member

Hon. Bello Mattawale Maradun                 –              Member

The meeting further resolved to continue to collaborate with the Federal Government to fight the scourge of insecurity bedevilling the country and urged the Government to take necessary steps to engage all major stakeholders.

States that bear the major brunt of the security challenges should be supported more by the Federal Government to secure the country.

The Forum reviewed the economic situation in the country and noted the recent increase in crude oil prices. It urged the Federal Government to use this opportunity to further diversify the economy and provide the enabling environment for Nigerians to thrive in all sectors.

The meeting also noted that no member of the PDP Governors’ Forum is contemplating leaving the party. Nigerians should ignore rumour mongers and mischief-makers trying to sow seeds of disunity in the party.

The party is one and there is no division in its ranks. The PDP Governors are concentrating on delivering democracy benefits to Nigerian people who elected them in various states.

We have equally set up a peer review mechanism to monitor and benchmark the laudable achievements of PDP Governors in their various states. Projects and services relevant to the lives, livelihoods and wellbeing of our people are our major pre-occupation at this time.

In Attendance:

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal                              –              Chairman

Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State)                             –             Vice Chairman

Gov. Nyesom Wike (Rivers State)                             –              Member

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State)                             –              Member

Gov. Seyi Makinde (Oyo State)                                  –              Member

Gov. Godwin Obaseki (Edo State)                            –              Member

Sen. Bala Mohammed (Bauchi State)                      –              Member

Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State)                     –              Member

Sen. Duoye Diri (Bayelsa State)                                  –              Member

Sen. (Prof) Engr. Ayade Benedict (Cross Rivers State)     –              Member

Gov. Samuel Ioraer Ortom (Benue State)                             –              Member

Gov. Bello Mattawale Maradun (Zamfara State)                                –              Member

Crowther Seth (Deputy Governor-Adamawa)                    –              Member

 

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal

Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum/

Governor of Sokoto State.

PDP Governors Assure Obaseki Of Level Playing Field

A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
A file photo of Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki.

 

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has assured Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his teeming supporters of accommodation and a level playing field.

This follows the governor’s defection to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State.

On behalf of his colleagues, the Chairman of the forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, wished Governor Obaseki success in the forthcoming primaries of the party.

“We welcome you to the PDP Governors’ Forum under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR and all other PDP Governors in the Forum,” said a statement by the forum’s director-general, C. Maduabum.

It added, “Your entry into the PDP family is a homecoming to a democratic platform that accommodates all Nigerians desirous of good governance, accountability, and deepening of democratic tenets.

“The PDP governors welcome you to use the PDP as a vehicle to enthrone rapid economic, social, and infrastructural development of Edo State.”

According to the statement, the Forum extends the solidarity and support of the governors to Governor Obaseki and his supporters as he participates in the primary election.

The party has fixed Thursday next week for the exercise to pick its flagbearer for the September poll.

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP’s Unity

Former Ministers Visit Wike, Seek PDP's UnityFormer ministers, led by a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sule Lamido, on Saturday visited Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Mr Lamido spoke on behalf of the former ministers in what looked like an effort to build political alliances ahead of the 2019 elections.

He commended Governor Wike for standing firm and defending the principles of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He requested, on behalf of others, that Governor Wike should make himself available with other PDP governors as the rallying point for the party as it gets back on its feet.

“You are our own. You are a PDP creation therefore PDP has claim over you.

“With your colleagues, you must come together as a group of governors to be our rallying point,” he said.

The former governor also advocated a united front for the PDP.

Governor Wike, in his reaction, assured the former minister that his commitment to the party would remain irrespective of the challenges facing the party.

“It doesn’t matter what happens, nobody will intimidate us. We will never allow ourselves to be cowed not to stand firm and defend democracy.

“Yes we will pay the price. There are sacrifices but it is worth it,” he assured.

Those present at the meeting include Ibrahim Shekarau, Boni Haruna, Abba Moro, Erelu Olusola Obada, Iyom Anennih and Ambassador Musa Kazaure.

Power Politics Of Governors Caused PDP Crisis – George Eke

Gorge-Eke-PDPA member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr George Eke, has attributed the crisis in the party to the power politics of the PDP governors.

Mr Eke, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme on Tuesday, believed that the influence behind the crisis was internal and not external.

“The influence is internal. It is the power politics of governors who want to show that they are in charge (and) who want to take over the party,” he said.

Influence Of The Governors

However, the lawyer said although the influence of the governors could not be removed, they could be made to realise that “the PDP belongs to everyone”.

“You cannot remove the influence of the governors because the governors are members of the party and once they are incumbent governors, they control some votes (and) they control some influence.

“We cannot say we could do without the governors but we can whittle their influence.

“We can tell the governors that the party belongs to every other person inclusive of the governors,” he said on Sunrise Daily.

Mr Eke also gave his opinion on how the forthcoming PDP convention in Abuja could resolve the crisis rocking the party since May.

“The only way it (the convention) can resolve the crisis is if we do not look at one group as a bad group.

“If you continue to see him (Senator Ali Modu Sheriff) as a bad guy, you never can resolve this problem,” he stated.

The PDP member insisted that Senator Sheriff must be absorbed into the party, citing an instance where he added live to the party when “PDP was in toxic”.

Crisis in the PDP began after top leadership of the party at a convention in Port Harcourt in May removed the chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and set up a Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

After his removal, Senator Sheriff continued to parade himself as the leader of the party, insisting that a court had asked the party not to hold the convention.

While both Senator Makarfi and Senator Sheriff continue to lay claims to the leadership of the party, different courts at different times have ruled in favour of both men as the leaders of the party.

PDP National Convention: Delegates Resolve To Extend Caretaker Committee Members

PDP convention, National Caretaker CommitteeThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expanded the membership of its National Caretaker Committee from seven to 13 members.

The expansion was contained in the party’s resolution after the repeat national convention held on Wednesday at the PDP State Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, south-south Nigeria.

The Convention was presided over by the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, with all delegates in attendance.

The delegates include PDP Governors, National Assembly members, the Board of Trustee members as well as other members of the party nationwide and invited guests.

According to the resolution signed by a member of the Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP has postponed the election of officers into various national offices of the party.

They also extended the tenure of the Caretaker Committee till another national convention, which is to be convened within the next 12 months.

The PDP also affirmed that all members of the Caretaker Committee would not contest or aspire for any national office in its next national convention.