The governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will on Monday meet in Ibadan, southwest Oyo State capital to further discuss the worsening state of insecurity in Nigeria.
THISDAY also gathered that the PDP governors will further discuss and revalidate the communique of the 17 southern governors that met last week in Asaba, Delta State where they banned open grazing and called for the restructuring of the country.
Apart from the sliding security in the country, the PDP governors will also discuss the forthcoming national convention of the party slated for November or December this year.
According to a party source, who spoke to THISDAY, the meeting of the governors of the PDP will further reinforce the communique of the 17 southern governors.
“The meeting of the 17 southern states governors, which was bi-partisan will be reviewed and adopted by the PDP governors.
“It is not only in the southern part of Nigeria that there is worsening state of insecurity. There are several issues of insecurity as it affect some PDP states like Sokoto, Zamfara, Benue , Taraba, Adamawa and other states.
“The meeting will deliberate on these issues of insecurity and affirm and revalidate the communique of the 17 southern governors,” the source stated.
The source added that the governors were worried that “the ravaging issues of insecurity in Benue State is gradually getting out of hand.”
The PDP governors, it was learnt, will also reaffirm that the party “remains committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice, fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence between and among its peoples with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economic development and prosperity.”
According to the source, the PDP governors will reaffirm that they are against incursion of armed herders, criminals, and bandits into Nigeria and stress that it has presented a severe security challenge such that citizens are no longer able to live their normal lives.
THISDAY gathered that apart from the issue of insecurity as it affects Nigeria, the PDP governors will discuss how to stabilise the party as the national convention draws nearer.
According to the source, “the wards, local governments, zonal and states’ congresses have been concluded, except in the North-west zone. The governors will look at issues that stalled election of the north-west zonal congress in Kaduna”.
“With the completion of these wards to states and zonal congresses, we will look at the way forward. We don’t sit down and wait till the national convention is at hand before discussing it. Now is the time,” the source added.
The Director General of the PDP Governors Forum, Hon. Cyril Maduabum also confirmed the meeting in a statement.
“The meeting will be presided over by the Forum Chairman, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and attended by all 15 governors elected on the platform of the PDP.
“The meeting will further review the current State of the nation especially issues of national security and the economy, and also fine-tune strategies to support PDP as a viable and necessary alternative to the disastrous APC administration,” the statement explained.
Chuks Okocha in Ibadan