OrderPaperToday – Nigeria’s Opposition Governors under the aegis of the PDP Governors Forum, has urged the National Assembly to revisit the issue of devolution of more powers to States and Local Governments.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDP-GF) disclosed this during their meeting at the Bayelsa State Government House, Yenagoa on Monday.
According to the communique made available to journalists, the opposition governors called on the National Assembly to transfer some items from the Exclusive Legislative List to Concurrent List.
“This opportunity to rejig the framework for policing and securing Nigeria should not be missed. To this end, the Forum would set up a Panel of Consultants to have a thorough look at the security architecture of Nigeria and make recommendations,” part of the communique read.
They also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law. noting that a decision to wait out the constitutional waiting period of 30 days (before assent), indicates an unwillingness to give Nigeria a reformed electoral framework.
“If there are still misgivings on any aspect of the Bill, amendments may be introduced at a later stage.”
In line with what they describe as an assessment of their “readiness to rescue the nation from APC misrule,” the governors congratulated PDP for winning 43 out of 62 Councillorship positions in the recently conducted Abuja Area Council election.
“In spite of improvements in the conduct of elections, the Gwagwalada and Abuja Area Council results show that manipulations are still possible.
We urge INEC to tighten all observed loopholes and further improve on the functioning of the BIVAS Machine for future elections.”
The meeting had eleven governors elected on the party’s platform in attendance including Okezie Ikpeazu (Vice-Chairman, Abia), Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Senator Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), and host, Senator Douye Diri (Bayelsa).
Others were Samuel Ortom (Benue), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Nyesom Wike (Rivers).
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, as well as his Taraba counterpart, Darius Ishaku were absent.