PDP governors meet on Monday over security, economy

The PDP Governors’ forum is scheduled to meet on Monday to review the current state of the nation. The Director-General of the forum, Hon. C.I.D. Maduabum, said that the forum would deliberate on issues on national security and the economy.

Maduabum said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that the governors elected under the platform of the PDP would meet in Ibadan, Oyo State. 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 All Progressives Congress administration. Maduabum said that the meeting, expected to be attended by the 15 governors elected under PDP, would be presided over by the Forum Chairman, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, while Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State would be the Chief Host.

South-South Study Group demands National Referendum to back Asaba Resolution.

The South-South Study Group, (3SG) has called for a national referendum to give political stimulus to the recent resolution of Southern governors on restructuring and unanimity against open grazing among others. While commending the governors on their resolution, 3SG charged them not to allow themselves to be cowed by political party loyalty. The 3SG, a network of some of the South-South’s leading professionals in the public and private arena, in a statement on Sunday urged the governors to ensure that their resolution does not stop at mere words towards lifting the lot of their people from the present serfdom and disadvantages that they have been subjected to. The resolution signed for the group by Otoks Dan Princewill further asserted that the Southern governors must not shy away from vocalizing the desires of their people in the contested arena between the large majority of progressively minded Nigerians and the few persons determined to foster regression.

Welcoming the intervention of the Southern governors, 3SG said: The timely intervention by the Southern Governors presents a watershed moment as the nation becomes a contested arena between the progressive will of the people and the regressive whims and caprices of a few. It is for this reason that the commendable display of astutely effective diplomatic effort by the Southern Governors across party lines belies the urgency and need for relief as demanded by Southerners of all affiliation. On this note, the Southern Governors must recognize that now more than ever, regardless of party affiliation, the citizens of Southern Nigeria look up to this collective body of Southern Governors to protect them from rampaging rustler and bandits, to push forward their collective interests and hold many more positive Conferences also involving other Southern stakeholders in the immediate future for the sake of the rapidly deteriorating national state of affairs. Nigerians at home and in diaspora are waiting on edge with baited breath in expectation that this presents hope for a new start.

Affirming that the resolution of the governors on restructuring was explicit, the group said: The Communiqué of the Southern Governors explicitly explains what Restructuring entails; review of resource control, revenue allocation formula, strict adherence to federal character principles in appointments and the shared interests of the Federating States. It is pertinent to acknowledge that our festering national ills have been dramatically amplified by a current approach of gross insensitivity to the diversity and the multicultural nature of Nigeria. This complete neglect of the most primary characteristic of Federalism by the current Federal Government worsened the already festering national malaise. “The solutions to our national problems arising from diversity and multiculturalism were clearly stated only with slight differences and variations in the national conferences of 1995, 2005, and 2014. Interestingly, the ruling party in its review of the National Question reaffirmed these same solutions based on the imperative of Restructuring.

Urging the Southern governors to go beyond words, the group said: “What has been lacking is the WILL to go beyond mere words. “SOUTH SOUTH STUDY GROUP (3SG) calls for an immediate implementation by Southern Governors of principles of Restructuring within its collective will as it has done with the ban of open grazing. “SOUTH SOUTH STUDY GROUP (3SG) calls for a national referendum preceding any elections to settle these fundamental national issues that will inform the drafting of a new Federal Constitution. “All well-meaning Nigerians can then put hands together to build a new Nigeria of our collective dreams.”

Wike, an Emerging Political Generalissimo

With the success of Governor Godwin Obaseki in the just-concluded Edo State governorship election, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, may well be on his way to emerging the new Political Generalissimo, writes Ernest Chinwo

Ondo election: APC, PDP supporters clash again

Residents of Oba Nla, Oba Adesida road, Arakale, and Oja Oba areas of Akure, the Ondo State capital were thrown into confusion following a clash that ensured between the youths suspected to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.

Residents and passers-by of the area had to run to safety while vehicular movement was halted during the clash.

This came five days to the governorship election in the state.

According to an eyewitness, many people were injured in the clash.

It was gathered that the clash started late Saturday evening at Obanla Junction, Oba Adesida Road when one of the supporters of APC was allegedly beaten by that of PDP.

There was an alleged reprisal attack on Sunday morning by APC members. It occurred a few meters away from ‘A’ Division Police Station, Akure.

CONCERNS IN ONDO STATE ASSEMBLY COMPLEX AS HOODLUMS ATTACK

Scores of suspected political hoodlums were sighted at the main gate of  Ondo State Assembly Complex as early as 9am with their vehicles parked along the road leading to the complex thereby causing panic around the area. Their surprised presence was to prevent the nine lawmakers which were suspended by the assembly for refusing to sign the impeachment notice servers on the deputy governor Hon. Agboola Ajayi, which were later pardoned/quashed of their suspension last week from resuming.

Sources within the assembly said that the nine pro-Ajayi lawmakers had since been refuse access to the assembly and also denied the official cars given to the other 17 colleagues on Friday. The timely intervention of police detectives, however, prevented the hoodlums from entering into the complex as they mounted barricades at the entrance of the complex. The crisis in the assembly started months back following the resignation of the deputy governor and the subsequent plan to impeach but its failure.

In its reaction, the suspended deputy speaker Iroju Ogundeji alleged that the suspected hoodlums had the intention to cause harm based on the directives from the governor and the speaker. we were unable to gain access to the house to perform our constitutional legislative duties. Right now, we are helpless they are using government power against us. we are only relying on god to come to our aide.