- PDP governors held a meeting in Makurdi, Benue state to find a way forward for Nigeria, they said
- The governors discussed issues like security, economy and more and resolved that some powers vested in the federal government should be shared to lower tiers
- All PDP governors were in attendance except Bauchi's Bala Mohammed who sent his deputy
Governors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called for the decentralisation of power at the federal government level.
Speaking jointly under the umbrella of the PDP Governors Forum, the state chief executives expressed concern at the current state of security and governance in Nigeria.
Premium Times reports that the governors who met in Makurdi, the Benue state capital on Friday, April 9, noted that failure to restructure the current federal system of government could spell doom for the country.
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Members of the Forum who met in Makurdi were its Chairman Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Nyesom Wike (Rivers).
Also present were Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Bello Mattawalle (Zamfara) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) who was represented by his deputy, Baba Tela.
According to Channels TV report, the governors, in the communique they released after their meeting, warned of impending disaster if urgent steps are not taken.
Part of the steps the governors want the federal government to take is to decentralise the nation’s security structure and get state and local governments involved.
The governors, who have set their sights on regaining power at the centre in 2023, said they are assuring Nigerians of improved leadership.
The Forum said it:
"assures Nigerians that help is on the way as the PDP is primed to offer effective leadership ONCE AGAIN to Nigeria. It enjoined Nigerians to once more place their trust in the PDP as the only effective vehicle to salvage the country."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that prominent members of the PDP, including governors and senators, recently visited Zamfara governor Matawalle in a bid to stop his reported moves to return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Six PDP governors and other chieftains of the party met with Governor Matawalle in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, April 7.