Meanwhile, the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have demanded for an immediate establishment of state police, as an effective response to the worsening insecurity in the country.
The governors, in a communiqué read by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, after a late night meeting at the Bayelsa Governors Lodge, Maitama Abuja, expressed deep worry over the spate of killings across the country and called for effective measures to curtail the troubling development.
The PDP governors at the meeting in Abuja, expressed deep concerns over alleged politicisation of the security apparatus in every state by the federal government, its agencies and operatives of the other political parties in the various states.
They explained that the growing calls for the establishment of State Police, was in response to the security situation in the country.
“We believe that this is one of the reasons that we have these widespread insecurity and we will take some of these issues up when we interact with the President”, the governors said in the communiqué, made available to journalists by Dickson’s Special Adviser (Media Relation), Mr. Fidelis Soriwei.
The PDP governors, who also denied the allegation of diversion of local government funds, challenged the federal government to name the states involved in the reprehensible conducts and the time the alleged act was committed.
They condemned the alleged diversion of local government funds, insisting they had always ensured subsidising the funding of the councils in the state.
“We dealt with the alleged diversion of local government funds by state governments and we condemn it in very strong terms. We as governors of the PDP want to make it clear that no PDP Governor is involved in this allegation of local government funds diversion.
“In our case, the reverse is the case, it is the state government that are supporting and subsidising the funding of the local government.
“So we call on the federal government and the agencies that are making these allegations to name the state government and possibly tell us the people involved in this alleged diversion”, the PDP governors stressed.
The governors declared that they were eager to pay the new minimum wage to alleviate the suffering of the Nigerian workers; even as they called on the President to forward a bill to the National Assembly to ensure a review of the revenue allocation formula in the country.