Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri on Monday joined other governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Ibadan Oyo State, for a meeting to further review the state of the nation.
The meeting under the aegis of the PDP Governors Forum particularly reviewed the worsening security situation and collapsing economy of the country.
At the end of the meeting, the forum called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately send an executive bill to the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Constitution to devolve more powers to states with respect to security.
They noted that with the bill, arrangements that will culminate in some form of state policing and the general security architecture should take place.
The forum also called on the President to summon an immediate meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, which comprises the President and all state governors as well as other critical stakeholders to evolve and implement strategies to combat the present threats to Nigeria especially with respect to policing.
The meeting agreed that the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure the democracy of the country and should not be subjected to personal attacks, adding that the welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority.
Other parts of the communique read:
“The meeting supports the earlier position taken by the Nigeria Governors Forum, Northern Governors Forum and recently by the Southern Governors Forum to adopt ranching as the most viable solution to the herders / farmers clashes in Nigeria; the restructuring of the Nigerian federation to devolve more powers and functions to the States; and reform of various civil institutions to achieve efficiency and equity for all sections of Nigeria.
“The meeting enjoins all Nigerians to work together to achieve peace and harmony with one another, devoid of discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and other cleavages. To this end, the meeting called on the incompetent and rudderless APC Government to take bold and deliberate steps to de-escalate and lower tensions in our country, and concentrate on projects and policies that will enhance and promote national unity and cohesion.
“The meeting re-iterated our earlier call for the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Electoral Act that will ensure a free and fair election, including provisions for electronic accreditation and electronic transmission of votes.
“The meeting thanked the host governor, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for being a gracious and wonderful host, and congratulated him for the many landmark developmental projects he has executed. and urged him to continue to work with all stakeholders in the South West Zone to ensure that PDP takes over majority of the States in the Zone”.
Twelve governors of the party attended the consultative meeting which lasted for over three hours.