South-south Governors To Discuss Attacks On Pipelines, Herdsmen Menace With Buhari


SAN FRANCISCO, May 09, (THEWILL) – The five governors in the South-South geopolitical zone elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have resolved to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to deliberate on rising security issues in their area.

While condemning the resurgence of attacks on pipelines in the region especially in Delta State and the menace of herdsmen who have been attacking farmers, the governors said they would take the issues up with the President in the proposed meeting.

They made this disclosure while briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting which took place in Asaba, the Delta state capital on Sunday, attended by all of them. Host Governor Ifeanyi Okowa accompanied by Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and Ben Ayade of Cross River addressed the reporters.

Okowa said the meeting also discussed how the PDP would do well in the Edo State governorship election. Edo is the only state in the South-South controlled by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and its governorship election has been slated for September.

According to the Delta Governor, “We discussed issues concerning our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). You will recall that our convention has been fixed to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on May 21 and we are putting plans in place for that convention.

“The Chairman of the committee for the convention is Governor Wike of Rivers State and we use this medium to call on all our supporters and members of the PDP to desist from any form of crisis before, during and after the convention, we accepted as a party and the leadership of the party agreed that the national convention should hold at Port Harcourt. We stand by that resolution.

“We tried to map out strategies in order to strengthen the PDP in Edo State.”

When asked about the strategies with which the state can be taken from the APC, Okowa said: “We will not let the cat out of the bag because we are putting things in place at the moment.”