Governor of Cross River, Ben Ayade Absent At PDP Governors’ Meeting
See communique below:
COMMUNIQUE OF THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM MEETING HELD IN MAKURDI, BENUE STATE ON THE 9TH OF APRIL, 2021.
Governors elected on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform met in Makurdi, Benue State, on April 9, 2021, under the auspices of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDP–GF), to review the state of affairs in the country and popular developments in their states, and issued the following Communique at the conclusion of their meeting:
1. The meeting noted and condemned Nigeria’s alarming downward spiral, which, if allowed to continue, will turn the country into a failed state under the watchful eye of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. They expressed grave concern and alarm over the deteriorating relations among Nigeria’s various ethnic groups. The Governors were profoundly concerned that a government that evidently lacked the capacity to rule was stretching all of our fault lines and disagreements to their breaking point. The meeting accepted that ethnic and tribal conflicts, religious differences, and different types of social and political cleavages have resulted as a result of this. The Governors came to the conclusion that Nigeria urgently needs federal leadership to avert the impending catastrophe.
2. The meeting was also concerned that, under the current government, the security of Nigerians’ lives and property is no longer guaranteed as a result of leadership incompetence and mismanagement of the country’s affairs. Although acknowledging that governors have a role to play in dealing with some of the deteriorating situations, they regret that their hands are bound behind their backs because the APC federal government has monopolized all coercive power in the nation. It is past time to use the current Constitutional Amendment process to decentralize Nigeria’s security architecture and include States and Local Governments.
3. As a result, the Governors reaffirmed their belief that an urgent devolution of powers and restructuring of the country in a way that brings together various groups and tendencies has become imperative and timely now that Nigeria cannot afford another civil war.
4. We demand that the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission submit to Mr. President a new Revenue Allocation Formular that allocates more resources to States and Local Governments for consideration by the National Assembly. It is a shame that no new Revenue Formular has been developed 21 years after the 1999 Constitution was enacted. The meeting also called for the NNPC to be handled in a more open and accountable manner.
5. The meeting also denounced the APC administration’s use of various weapons, such as security agencies, to intimidate sitting governors, as well as unequal access to federal resources and the promotion of divisions in opposition political parties through false promises and falsehoods. We strongly denounce the APC-led federal government’s use of double standards to bully states governed by the PDP. To this end, we urge Mr. President to lift the so-called “No Flight Zone” and other intimidating tactics placed on Zamfara State, noting that similar steps have not been imposed on other states facing similar security challenges, such as Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Yobe, and others. This is mostly a political step to ensure that the governors switch to the APC.
6. The meeting noted that the APC has failed to form a democratically elected National Executive Committee, as the Nigerian Constitution requires. A Political Party that operates by military decree, with an appointed and unelected Executive Committee at ALL LEVELS FROM WARD TO NATIONAL, has no right to run our country’s affairs. The APC has never been able to bring democracy to Nigeria; even forming a Board of Trustees has been difficult for the party since its creation. It also expressed surprise that the APC is involved in playing politics and jockeying for power in 2023, given how poorly they have executed their current dubious mandate.
7. The Governors expressed concern that Nigeria, under the disastrous leadership of the APC, now has the world’s highest unemployment rate of 33 percent. This comes on the heels of yet another achievement: becoming the country with the world’s second highest poverty rate. It is indeed a sprint to the bottom for APC.
8. The meeting heard from the PDP’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, and was assured that help is on the way, as the PDP is poised to provide Nigerians with effective leadership ONCE AGAIN. It urged Nigerians to put their faith in the PDP once more as the only viable option for saving the country.
9. The meeting praised Governors of PDP-controlled states for their creative approaches to governance in a variety of areas, including infrastructure, education, health, women’s and youth initiatives, and timely delivery of developmental projects across the country. These LEGACY PROJECTS, which are being carried out in many PDP-ruled states, will be addressed to Nigerians as our scorecard when the time comes.
The meeting thanked the host, Governor Samuel Ortom, for hosting the first meeting of the PDP Governors outside Abuja in recent times and for keeping the party together not only in Benue State but across the North Central Zone.
The following people will be present:
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 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’ Forum Chairman, RT. HON. AMINU WAZIRI TAMBUWAL
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