The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum has berated the All Progressive Congress (APC) for directing its members in the National Assembly to stall the passage of 2014 budget and confirmation of service chiefs until respect for rule of law is restored in Rivers State.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the Forum’s retreat in Katsina yesterday, the governors described the directive as unwarranted and unpatriotic.
Chairman of the forum and governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, who read the communiqué described “the order as most unfortunate and unstatesmanlike”.
“The attention of this forum has been drawn to the unfortunate statement made by the APC to the effect that its members should stall the confirmation of service chiefs and ministerial nominees.
“We believe that this country is currently faced with a number of security challenges which Mr President has consistently and proactively addressed”, he said.
According to him, the forum had resolved to set up a reconciliation committee to work with the PDP National Working Committee to reconcile with all aggrieved members of the party.
While hailing the decision of the former National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur for resigning his position, Akpabio also pledged the loyalty of the governors for the new national chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
He said, “Forum congratulates President Goodluck Jonathan on the peaceful transition of authority from Tukur to Mu’azu as the chairman of the PDP
“We express our confidence in his ability to unite the party and lead the party to victory in 2015”.
Six state governors attended the meeting which was held at the New Katsina Government House.