Governors adopt security report, set to present it to Jonathan.
At last, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, showed up at the meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum, PDPGF, held on Wednesday night, an indication that he has accepted the leadership of the Forum, allegedly contrived to whittle down his influence as chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF.
Among the 18 governors at the meeting held at the Akwa Ibom State Governors Lodge in Abuja, and presided over by PDPGF chairman, Godswill Akpabio, are Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); Jonah Jang (Plateau); Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); Isa Yuguda (Bauchi); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Idris Wada (Kogi); Garba Umar (Taraba);Gabriel Suswam (Benue); (Abia) Theodore Orji and Deputy Governors of Kebbi State.
Although, Mr Akpabio said the governors received and considered the report of its five-member committee, headed by Mr Nyako, on the security situation in the country, other sundry issues were discussed.
Messrs Akpabio and Amaechi were believed to have ironed out their differences while some of the governors reportedly denied their alleged plan to contest the presidential election.
Mr Akpabio told journalists after the meeting that the Forum appraised the report of the security committee and would forward it to President Goodluck Jonathan in order to effectively tackle the deteriorating security in the country.
According to him, if implemented fully, the recommendations could bring insecurity in the country to its knees.
He said, “We received the report on security of the nation; a committee headed by Admiral Nyako, the Governor of Adamawa State,
“(It is a) very indept report, fantastic report that x-rayed the entire situation in the country. The genesis of the major crises and also prefer major solutions that can bring the insecurity in the country to an end.
“We are delighted that as PDP governors that this is a step in the right direction and we are prepare to forward the report to appropriate authority including Mr. President and other security chiefs for implementation.
“We are very certain that if well implemented the report will bring succor to the youths of this country, including even provision of jobs and also resolution of some of the communal clashes that we experience in some part of the country.
“We look at the situation of the party and we are very hopeful that come 2015, we will increase in number.”
The Akwa Ibom State Governor also disclosed that the report of a committee headed by the governor of Katsina State, Shehu Shema, on the crisis in the South-West chapter of PDP. He did not, however, elaborate on the report.
However, a source at meeting said the governors pleaded with Mr Amaechi not to further engage Mr Jonathan in any face-off, especially now that the President is reportedly not happy with him.
Messrs Amaechi and Shema were reported to have told their colleagues that they have no presidential ambition.
The PDP governors reportedly backed the National Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, on the need to work harder in order to win more states, come 2015.
Meanwhile, the NGF also met last night at the Rivers State Governors Lodge, Abuja.
Report, however, said no decision was reached as members only observed one minute silence for the late Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Funmilayo Olayinka, and a former deputy governor of Benue State, Ogiri Ajene.
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