Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) have called called on President Muhammadu Buhari 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.
The governors, who met in Ibadan on Monday, to further review the state of the nation, particularly, practical next steps to take to advance the conversation on the worsening security situation and collapsing economy of the country, also urged Buhari to 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.”
A communique read at the end of the meeting by the Chairman, PDP Governors Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure “our democracy and should not be subjected to personal attacks,” adding “the welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority.”
The PDP governors also align themselves with the earlier position taken by the Nigeria Governors Forum, Northern Governors Forum and recently 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.
“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 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,” the communique added.
The PDP governors urged Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, to continue to work with all stakeholders in the South West zone to ensure that the party takes over majority of the states in the zone in 2023.
Those that attended the meeting include Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State;
Udom Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State; Douye Diri, Bayelsa State; Samuel Ortom, Benue State; Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State; Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Enugu State; Nyesom Wike, Rivers State; Seyi Makinde, Oyo State; Umaru Fintiri, Adamawa State; Godwin Obaseki, Edo State; Bala Mohammed, Bauchi State and
Deputy Governor of Zamfara State,Mahdi Mohd.