PGF advocates autonomy for State Judiciary, Assemblies

By Chimezie Godfrey

The Progressive Governors’ Forum,PGF called autonomy state judiciary and assemblies across the country.

This was made known in a statement signed by the Forum’s Chairman, Abubakar Bagudu.

Bagudu disclosed that this was part of resolution of emergency meeting of the Progressive Governors held on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

He said,”The resolution of emergency meeting of the Progressive Governors Forum held on Wednesday June 16th, 2021and resolved as follows:Autonomy Judiciary and State Legislature, Reviewed the work done by NGF on autonomy Judiciary and State Legislature the Chairmanship of His Excellency Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of State.

“Noted that the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF consulted all the critical stakeholders, notably leadership of State Judiciary and Assemblies and jointly reached agreements on specific initiatives to be taken by State Governments to guarantee autonomy State judiciary and assemblies.

“Accordingly, Forum endorsed agreements reached by the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF and enjoined all APC controlled states and indeed all states to commence the process of implementing the submitted recommendations.

“As part of the process of implementing the NGF agreements in APC controlled states, appropriate consultations with Attorneys-General will take place in order to provide all necessary legal framework for the implementation of the Governor Tambuwal-led NGF Committee’s proposed recommendations.”

He commended the APC Caretaker Committee said the meeting also received briefing from Governor Mai Mala Buni, Chairman, and APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.

He disclosed that the as part of the briefing, the proposed timetable for Congresses leading to the National Convention of the APC was presented.

According to him, the meeting noted with satisfaction the progress made by the APC Caretaker Committee with the successful registration and revalidation of members of the party.

He said in addition, the meeting also took special recognition of the giant strides the Caretaker Committee recorded by winning high profile politicians into the party, notably Ebonyi and Cross River Governors, former Governor Gbenga Daniel, former Speakers of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and Rt Hon Dimeji Bankole, Serving members, among others.

He said the Forum unanimously commended the Chairman and members of the Caretaker Committee and urged them to also prioritise reconciling all leaders of the party as the party commences the processes of electing leaders of the party at all levels.

According to him, the forum specially called on all leaders of the party to recommit themselves to build the APC based on the spirit of give and take.

In appreciation of the enormity of the challenges facing the country and the onerous efforts at addressing them, the Forum recommits itself to continue to all the initiatives of the Federal the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.