Chief Host and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (4th left) in a group photograph with his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr Kayode Fayemi (left), representative of Yobe State Governor, Senator Jejere Alkali (2nd left), Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi (3rd left), his Borno, Nasarawa, Zamfara, Ogun, Imo and Osun States counterparts, Hon. Kashim Shettima (4th left), Umar Tanko Al-Makura (5th right), Alhaji AbdulAzeez Yari (4th right), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (3rd right), Owelle Rochas Okorocha (2nd right) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right) shortly after a meeting of Governors from different parties and geo-political zones on the merger talk to rescue Nigeria held at the Lagos House, Marina on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
Ten State Governors drawn from the different political parties and geo political zones in the country on Tuesday met at the Lagos house, marina residence of the state governor for over four hours and resolved to endorse ongoing merger initiatives by their various political parties to rescue Nigeria.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the closed door meeting and read to newsmen at the Marina venue by the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, it was agreed by the Governors that having reviewed the situation in the country, to rescue Nigeria is a task that must be done.
The States present at the meeting and their representatives are Borno- Alhaji Kashim Shettima, Imo- Chief Rochas Okorocha, Lagos-Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Nassarawa, Alhaji Tanko Almakura, Ogun- Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Oyo- Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Osun-Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaji Abdulazziz Abubakar Yari and Yobe which was represented by Senator Jejere Alkali.
“As progressive and patriotic leaders of our people across party, religious and geo political zones, we are extremely concerned about the state of the nation and we put our heads together in the interest of our people to deliberate on what can be done to rescue our country”, the Communique stated.
The Communique further adds that: “As Governors, we fully endorse the merger initiatives already commenced by our various political parties and we will put our full weight behind these efforts”.
The Governors at the meeting added that Nigeria is greater than everyone and that everybody has a duty to make it work for the people and the future of the children yet unborn.
Also speaking on the meeting, the host, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) said the meeting was about making the country a better place because what the country is having now cannot be described as her best and that those at the meeting intend to deliver Nigeria’s best.
On skepticism that some people may express that the merger may not work, Governor Fashola said the commitment that the Governors bring to the table will certainly override any skepticism.
“I am convinced here that the full weight of ten of us Governors and many more who unfortunately could not make it today is a much (much) stronger force and the underlying reason is clearly how to make this place a better place” , Governor Fashola stated.
Also speaking, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun said a lot of the other Governors who were not present at the meeting will come on board when they see the sincerity of the participants.
He noted the sincerity explains the seriousness attached to the meeting, adding that the Governors are determined and believes that with the support of all Nigerians the arrangement would work.
Responding to a question on what informed his attendance of the meeting, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha said the merger has become necessary to save the country and its democracy and the likelihood of its being turned into a one party state.
“I personally fully endorse this movement and merger. We are on a rescue mission here and the essence is about making Nigeria a better nation”, the Imo State Governor added.
Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulazziz Abubakar Yari while responding to a question on whether the merger talk is about unseating the Peoples Democratic Party, said it is about how to fix Nigeria in the right perspectives.
He added that it is a question of asking if the people have been happy since 1999 till date when the Peoples Democratic Party has been in power adding that if the contrary has been the case then the leaders are duty bound to drive the people aright.
“We believe that the PDP has not done enough. We have the idea, the knowledge and the progressive intention to move the country forward. So, if you say that we are going to move PDP out of power, yes we are ready to do that, God willing”, Governor Yari emphasized.
Report culled from The Lagos State Govt Facebook Page
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