The cold war between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government and governors under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) was brought to the fore on Thursday as all the governors boycotted the meeting convened by President Goodluck Jonathan at the First Lady Conference Room in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
Jonathan had on Wednesday summoned all governors and members of the National Security Council to a meeting over rising security challenges in the country.
After the President met the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar in his office earlier, they all moved to the First Lady Conference room where governors were already seated.
With Jonathan’s arrival, the meeting commenced at exactly 2.00 and Journalists were asked to leave the venue.
As at the time of going to press, only PDP, Labour Party and All Progressive Grand Alliance governors were at the meeting. They include – Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi) Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Isa Yuguda(Bauchi), Theodore Orji (Abia) and Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe).
Others are – Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Idris Wada (Kogi), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Sullivan Chime (Enugu).
Also at the meeting are – Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Garba Umar (Acting Governor Taraba), Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, John Jonah and Deputy Governor of Kebbi State.
The meeting was also attended by the Defence Minister, Brigadier-General Aliyu Gusau (rtd); Director-General of State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong; Minister of Interior, Abba Moro; National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.