Ondo Governor Insists On Southern Governors Demand On State Police, Others

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Yemisi Izuora

The Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has restated the demand by Southern Governors saying that President Muhammadu Buhari should consider the demand for a national dialogue and the establishment of state police.

The 17 Southern States met in Asaba, Delta State capital, where they made some resolutions and demands from the Federal government including ban on open grazing and convocation of a national dialogue summit, among others.

Speaking on Arise TV interview on Thursday, May 13, Akeredolu justified the demands of the governors, saying some of their counterparts in the north are in support of their position.

He said it is highly unlikely that the presidency will ignore the Governors because of their numbers.

“Getting a presidential buy-in might be some cause for concern, but 17 governors from the south. I believe that whatever we have said should be given some weight, it must be something that has to be considered. That means the presidency will look at it and consider it. The number is large. It is more or less like half of us.

“I know that if we had called our brothers in the Middle Belt, they would have signed up to this. I even know that there are some of our brothers even in the north that would have signed up to this communique; who also believe that the time has come for us to have dialogue.

“I know Mr President. It has to be considered. It must be considered. Because the number of governors involved is not one you can just push aside. When you talk about this dialogue, it is a matter of serious concern to us. It is not parlour gossip. It is a matter that came from serious, in-depth discussion of Governors,” Akeredolu said.

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