Insecurity: PDP Governors Want Buhari To Devolve More Powers To States

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, on Monday at a meeting which was held in Ibadan the capital city of Oyo State in its efforts to to further review the state of the nation, insisted that in order to surmount the insecurity challenges facing the country, the Federal Government should devolve more powers to the states.

The governors, who met with a view to advancing the conversation on the worsening security situation and collapsing economy of the country, charged the Federal Government to de-escalate tension in the country by focusing on policies and programmes that promote unity.

The governors lauded the host of the meeting and Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, for the landmark developmental projects he has executed in the state, urging him to continue to work with all stakeholders in the South-West Zone to ensure that the PDP takes over the majority of the states in the zone.

In a six points communique signed by all the governors and read by the forum chairman and  Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR indicated that the forum, at the end of the one-day consultative meeting, also called on President Buhari to immediately send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Constitution.

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Read the communique below;


The PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM met in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, 17th May 2021, further reviewed the State of the nation, particularly, practical next steps to take to advance the conversation on the worsening security situation and collapsing economy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. At the end of the one-day consultative meeting, the Forum issued the following Communique.

1.  The meeting called on Mr President as the Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria and Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces to immediately send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Constitution to devolve more powers to the States with respect to security arrangements culminating in some form of State Policing and the general security architecture.

2.  In the interim, Mr President should summon an immediate meeting of the Nigerian Police Council, which comprises Mr President and all State Governors and other critical stakeholders to evolve and implement strategies to combat the present threats to our union, especially with respect to policing. The meeting agreed that the Police Force still remains the appropriate institution to secure our democracy and should not be subjected to personal attacks. The welfare, training, equipment, funding of all security agencies should be given priority.

3.  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.

4.  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.

5.  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.

6.  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.

In attendance are:

Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State  – Chairman

Gov. Udom Emmanuel  – Akwa Ibom State – Member

Gov. Sen. Douye Diri  – Bayelsa State  – Member

Gov. Samuel Ortom -Benue State -Member

Gov. Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa  – Delta State  – Member

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi  – Enugu State  – Member

Gov. Nyesom Wike, CON  – Rivers State  – Member

Gov. Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde  – Oyo State  – Member

Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri  -Adamawa State -Member

Gov. Godwin Obaseki – Edo State  -Member

Gov. Bala Mohammed -Bauchi State  – Member

Deputy Gov. Mahdi Mohd -Zamfara State -Deputy Governor


Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum


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