The PDP Governors’ forum has reportedly met in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, 17th May 2021 to review the State of the nation and take steps in the worsening security situation and collapsing economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The participants of the meeting included Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Gov. Udom Emmanuel, Gov. Sen. Douye Diri, Gov. Samuel Ortom, Gov. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Gov. Nyesom Wike, Gov. Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde, Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Gov. Bala Mohammed, and Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd.
A communique issued at the end of the meeting has stated that the APC-led government should lower the tension in the country and promote national unity and cohesion.
According to the communique, “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.”
It added that “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.”
It also disclosed that, “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.”
It stressed that, “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.”