17th January, 2014
The All Progressive Congress, APC, Governors, under the aegis of Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF, rose after an emergency meeting in Lagos to pass a vote of no confidence on the Nigerian Police in the reckless manner it has been handling the crisis in Rivers State, South-South Nigeria.
The meeting, which started around 3:30pm at the State House, Marina, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, ended around 8.00pm, with eight governors in attendance. They are Rauf Aregbesola of Osun , the host Raji Fashola of Lagos, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.
Also present were the Kano State Deputy Governor, former Governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki and Senator Chris Ngige.
A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and read to newsmen by the Chairman of the PGF, Rotimi Amaechi took an in-depth look at the activities of the Nigeria Police Force in Rivers State in the last couple of months.
The Forum frowned at the recklessness, impunity and outright misconduct of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mbu and maintained that the Nigeria Police Force is not a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP police and that as such, flagrant violations of the Constitution and laws of Nigeria should henceforth stop.
According to Okorocha, the meeting deliberated amongst other issues on the need to strengthen the APC and its structures, and reviewed the State of the nation as well as discussed political developments in APC States with the aim of building a common development agenda.
“The Forum reviewed the preparations for the commencement of membership registration. It urges all prospective members, sympathizers and party structures to also fully support the process for a comprehensive documentation and registration of the members.
“The Forum deliberated extensively on the preparations by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) towards the forthcoming Ekiti and Osun State Governorship elections and urged all relevant stakeholders involved in management of the electoral process to ensure they put together appropriate arrangements to discharge their duties lawfully and with utmost responsibility to forestall a repeat of the electoral sham experienced in Anambra and Delta States; to restore the credibility in the electoral process,’ he stated.
The communiqué further reviewed current developments in the National Assembly, noting the ongoing political realignments of members of the federal parliament and charged the leadership of the National Assembly to remain consistent by respecting the rights and privileges of members to choose the political party of their choice without intimidation.