By Dirisu Yakubu, ABUJA
Against the backdrop of the description of their Ibadan meeting as a jamboree by the All Progressives Congress, APC; the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors’ Forum has slammed Senator John Akpanudoedehe, Secretary of the APC caretaker committee, saying the remarks credited to him show that the ex-Minister lives in a fantasy world.
In a statement signed by Cyril Maduabum, Director General of the forum, the governors noted that their meeting was informed by the urgent need to find workable solutions to the challenges of governance in the land.
According to the governors, Akpanudoedehe’s statement is an indication of how low politics has sunk in the land in the past few years.
The statement read: “The attention of the PDP Governors Forum, PDP – GF, has been drawn to a statement credited to the secretary of the APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe while reacting to the patriotic positions of the forum at its Ibadan meeting.
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“He was quoted as saying that the Ibadan meeting of the PDP-GF was a mere ‘political jamboree and its outcome a waste of time, with no substance.’ He further claimed that Buhari’s government has done a visible job in upgrading the country’s security architecture, governance, electoral reforms, and addressing perennial farmers and herders clashes.
“It is most disheartening that an officer of an illegal, unelected and unlawful APC contraption is living in a fancy world. If one may ask, where did President Buhari do electoral reforms in the last six years other than vetoing two bills sent to him by the 8th National Assembly on electoral reforms?
“How has the country’s security architecture been improved by President Buhari other than in the imagination of Sen. Akpanudoedehe? Is he really serious that security has improved under Buhari? What concrete measures has the APC government taken to curb herders/farmers clashes other than inciting and ridiculous statements regularly dished out from two Presidential aides on behalf of the so-called Presidency?
“Is it not a hallmark of how low our politics has sunken for an unelected party officer to rubbish the efforts of patriots to find lasting solutions to the security and economic challenges facing the nation? Is he not aware that issues of restructuring, devolution of powers, state policing proposals and ranching, have been endorsed by the Nigerian Governors Forum ( with 21 APC governors), Northern Governors Forum (with 13 APC governors) Southern Governors Forum (with 7 APC governors,); Arewa Consultative Forum and even the El Rufai Committee?
“Perhaps, because the caretaker committee is not elected and consequently, devoid of any democratic mandate, as required by the Nigerian constitution, they seem to be insensitive to the feeling and suffering of Nigerians under APC misrule especially the insecurity and economic challenges facing the nation.
They also questioned how a meeting attended by 15 governors which “made concrete suggestions on how to improve the almost hopeless Nigerian condition under the APC Government be termed a jamboree? Can a meeting that called for a speedy passage of the Electoral Act, de-escalation of tension in Nigeria, the equipping, welfare, training financing, and stoppage of personal attacks on the Nigerian Police Force be termed a jamboree and a waste of time?
“No wonder that after more than a year of usurping the offices of the APC national executive committee, the caretaker committee is unable to organise a national convention and had to take the unprecedented step, just this week of describing those who sought for the holding of the APC national convention, as “the handiwork of political jobbers” and ‘fifth columnists.’
“The illegal APC Caretaker/ Extraordinarily Convention Planning Committee extended their 6-month mandate to one year. Is the inability of APC to constitute a Board of Trustees since 2014 going to be repeated for its national convention? Maybe if the committee faced its unlawful mandate squarely, it would not be making reckless statements,” the forum added.