APC Governors Demand ExplanationFrom Jonathan Over DwindlingAllocation To States

State Governors belonging to the All
Progressives Congress (APC) have accused
the federal government of secretly funding
their counterparts who are members of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as
allocation to states continued dwindling.
The governors, who met in Ilorin Kwara
State, under the aegis of the Progressive
Governors Forum (PGF) have now vowed to
meet President Goodluck Jonathan over the
issue.
Present at the meeting yesterday were
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State;
Ishaq Ajimobi (Oyo), Rotimi Amaechi
(Rivers), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Ibrahim
Geidam (Yobe), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano),
Kashim Shettima (Borno), Abdulfatah Ahmed
(Kwara) and immediate past Governor of
Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was
celebrated at the meeting over the successful
completion of his tenure in Ekiti.
“This issue has become a very serious
concern to us as governors and we felt that
issues that affect the lives of our people
must never be politicised. We refuse to
accept the fact that this nation is broke and
thank God that the Federal Government has
confirmed that the nation is not broke. If the
nation is not broke, what is due to states
should be given to states,” said Okorocha,
while briefing newsmen at the end of the
session.
“This idea of cutting what should go to
states does not in any way promote
democracy and democratic dividends. And
so, we as progressive governors, call on the
Federal Government to look into the issue of
dwindling resources and convince us why the
states should not get what is due to them.
“We demand to have a meeting with the
President on this issue of dwindling
resources as quickly as possible,” he
stressed.
Explaining why he thought the cash crunch
was aimed at APC states, Okorocha said he
wondered why the PDP governors were not
complaining.
“We do not know why our colleagues in the
PDP are not talking of this matter. If they are
not talking, it is either they are not affected
or somehow they are getting something from
the back door which we do not know. I think
the President or the Federal Government
should act quickly to quell the present ugly
situation which this terrible condition of
dwindling resources points out to us by
making sure that the states get what is due
to them, at least to pay salaries of their
workers.”
Speaking on the position of the governors’
forum on choosing a consensus candidate to
represent the APC in the 2015 elections,
Okorocha said the forum was in full support.
“Our forum is in full support of consensus as
one of the ways to produce our presidential
candidate or any candidate in the party as
long as it is done with respect to internal
democracy.
“There will be no imposition of candidate in
our party. Our forum has not adopted any
candidate but we shall encourage consensus
and dialogue within the leadership of the
party and aspirants to see how we come up
with a candidate. But where that is not
possible, like true progressives, we shall have
free and fair primaries,” he said.

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