Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki was visibly absent as Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gathered in Port Harcourt.
Obaseki’s Deputy, Philip Shuaibu, was also not in the Rivers state capital.
The Governors had met to discuss issues affecting the country, especially the party preparation for the 2023 presidential election.
It is not yet clear why the Edo state governor was absent from the crucial meeting.
Meanwhile, the PDP Governors have asked the National Assembly to be hasty in their deliberations on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The Governors of the main opposition party in the communique issued at the end of their meeting held in Port Harcourt said NASS should either override the President’s veto or delete areas that did not sit well with Nigerians.
The meeting advised that the option of overriding the President’s veto would lead to a quicker resolution and would deny Mr President the opportunity to once again truncate a reformed Electoral jurisprudence for Nigeria.
“An early concluded Electoral Act is vital for credible elections,” the Governors said.
The governors also “lamented the continued state of insecurity in the country, the persistent and ceaseless flow of Nigerians’ blood daily in many parts of Nigeria, the near-collapse of the security situation in Nigeria. The strategies to confront terrorists, kidnappers, bandits, and other criminals is still a major problem of the APC administration.
“The meeting expressed regrets that Mr President is unwilling, from his recent comments discountenancing the proposals for state policing, to participate in reviewing the structural problems of tackling insecurity in Nigeria and urged Mr President to reconsider his position and consider decentralisation and restructuring of the security architecture as the most viable solution, together with proper arming, funding and training requirements for Security Agencies.
“The Nigerian economy has continued to deteriorate, and Nigerians have become numb and accustomed to bad economic news as exemplified by the unstable and differential exchange rate regime, high-interest rates, unsustainable unemployment figures and borrowing spree, some of which have not been applied to important projects, and other destructive economic indicators. In particular, it is clear that the APC Government is a massive failure when compared with the records of PDP’s time in Government. The PDP handed over a $550 billion economy (the largest in Africa), but under APC, Nigeria is the Poverty Capital of the world.
“In 2015, under PDP, the exchange rate was N198 per Dollar, it is now under APC almost N500 to a Dollar; In 2015, unemployment rate was 7.3% under PDP, it is now 33%, one of the highest in the world under APC; In 2015, the Pump price of Petroleum was N87 per litre, it is now N165 per litre and climbing under APC. Debt Servicing now under APC takes over 98% of the Federal budget. The tales of woe are endless.
“The PDP Governors noted that the management of our Oil and Gas resources, the administration of Federation Account remittances have remained opaque, confusing and non – transparent. In addition, the transition to NNPC Ltd under the Petroleum Industry Act has not been properly streamlined to ensure that the interests of all the tiers of Government are protected, consistent with the 1999 Constitution.
“The meeting urged eligible Nigerians of all walks of life, particularly the Youths, to register en masse with INEC to exercise their franchise in the 2023 general elections. It further noted that the next election is a very consequential election that should be used to end the dominance of very youth unfriendly APC Government; a government that had the arrogance to deny Nigerian youths of the use of TWITTER, a business-friendly tool for the young, for over a year.”
Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Sen. Douye Diri of Bayelsa, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde of Oyo, Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa, and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State all attended the meeting.