Nigerian governors-members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had a crucial meeting in Lagos in the night of January 16, 2014, Thursday, during that they urged the National Assembly to see the ongoing realignment going on there as normal.
The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, said in the communiqué after holding a meeting that the governors wanted the two houses in the assembly to protect the rights and privileges of members to choose parties of their choice.
Gov. Okorocha, who is also the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, said the forum also wanted the Independent National Electoral Commission to make adequate preparations for the forthcoming polls in Ekiti and Osun.
The APC governors want INEC to ensure that the elections are free and fair.
He further noted that the forum was also concerned about recent developments in Rivers in relation to the reported cases of police brutality, condemned the conduct of the police in the state.
Gov. Okorocha also made his own comments on the resignation of the National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
He declared that it would not affect the gains of the APC, and none of those who defected to the APC would go back to the PDP, even with Tukur’s resignation.
“The reason why they left was not because of Tukur, they left because PDP has not fulfilled the aspirations of the people,” Gov. Okorocha said.
Besides Gov. Okorocha, the list of Governors present at the meeting included Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Tanko Al Makura (Nasarawa), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Gov. Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).
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