Eight Governors under the fold of the All Progressives Congress (APC) camp on Thursday visited Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State. The APC Governros also advised Amaechi to personally visit President Goodluck Jonathan and brief him about the poor security situation in the state.
The meeting which took place behind closed door had governors Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti; Babatunde Fashola, Lagos; Ibukunle Amosu, Ogun; Rauf Aregbesola, Osun; and Abiola Ajumobi, Oyo State. Deputy Governors of Imo, Nassarawa and Zamfara states represented their governors.
Speaking with newsmen, the spokesperson of the governors Governor Fayemi, said that they “have met with our brother and chairman of our forum” and had “an extensive discussion” about the security problem in Nigeria, which is a major concern in the state, he said. He also said that the governors were convinced,
“it is quite important for him [Amaechi] to actually go and brief Mr President, who is our leader and the chief security officer of the country on the very challenging security situation here in Rivers.”
Speaking further Mr. Fayemi said; “In our discussion with our brother, we talked on the importance for the hierarchy of our police authority, the Inspector General of Police, to help in restoring the confidence of the people of Rivers in police. “For us, we believe that this is a matter that requires the moral authority of Mr. President as well; it is about saving the democracy; it is about ensuring that peace reigns in Rivers.”
On behalf of the eight governors, Mr Fayemi encouraged all parties to cooperate in order to restore security in Rivers State.
It will be recalled that four northern governors visited Governor Amaechi barely 72 hours ago also in show of solidarity.