The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, on Saturday visited his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, for closed door meetings as part of Mr Dickson’s nationwide consultations.
He later met with the immediate past national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi.
An official statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Francis Agbo, said the meeting between two governors was part of Mr Dickson’s “resolve to deepen the clamour for the restructuring of the country and get the buy-in of the governors and leaders on the restructuring of Nigeria”.
Mr El-Rufai was Chairman of Committee on Restructuring set up by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Governor Dickson is passionate about the unity and stability of Nigeria and believes the only way to put the country on the path of peace, prosperity and stability is to return it to fiscal federalism, devolve power to the federating units through restructuring” the statement added.
He also said restructuring will guarantee a free, fair, stable and egalitarian Nigeria which every ethnic nationality would be proud to call its country.
While calling on Nigerians to support the reorganisation of the nation, the governor said those calling for true federalism, devolution of power and resource control are patriots and should be commended.
Mr Dickson later met with Mr Makarfi where he urged the political class to show restraint in the use of power ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The governor also called on politicians and all Nigerians to give priority to the conduct of free, fair and peaceful elections in the country.
Mr Dickson stated further that it was important for political players to be considerate and be civil in relating with fellow citizens in the respective parties.
He stressed that political players should treat one another with respect because according to him, “in the end, we are all brothers and sisters irrespective of party and religious affiliations.”
On the upcoming rescheduled local government elections in Kaduna, the governor sued for peace and urged the political actors to play by the rule of the game of politics.
He also commended the PDP in the state for their resilience and congratulated them on winning four out of the 18 local government councils where elections held on May 12.
The governor expressed confidence that the PDP will do well in the supplementary elections into the remaining five local government councils.
The Kaduna State PDP Chairman, Felix Hyat, thanked the governor for the visit, adding that it will boost the morale of the PDP.
He particularly praised the Bayelsa governor for building bridges across the Niger, stressing that the state chapter of the PDP was fully in support of his drive to restructure Nigeria.
“We as a people want anything that can move Nigeria forward. On the restructuring of Nigeria, we want the governor to continue to build consensus among leaders and people of Nigeria across party and religious lines on this restructuring.
He said the PDP in Kaduna State was united and prepared to take over power at the centre even in the face of intimidation from the APC and security agencies.
“We commend your leadership qualities and what you are doing to build bridges across the Niger,” he said.
Mr Makarfi commended the governor for his sincerity and dedication to the unification of the PDP and indeed the country. Describing him as a patriot, Mr Makarfi wished the governor well in his political career.
He said Mr Dickson, as Chairman of the PDP reconciliation committee, made a lot of sacrifice to keep the party united and stronger and called other leaders to emulate him.
The meeting was attended by top members of the Kaduna State chapter of the party, including members of the party’s Board of Trustees.
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