By: Ruth Selya, Bauchi
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has called on APC led Federal Government to bring the activities of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists to an end, through increased use of military equipment, traditional means of conflict resolution and technology for surveillance and the development of the political will to flush them out.
The chairman of the forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said this in Bauchi in a communique issued at the end 11th meeting of the PDP governors on monday.
Aminu added that kidnapping, banditry and terrorism are not business ventures as claimed by APC but heinous State Crime, that is destroying the Nigerian economy, the educational and social future of children and causing significant social upheavals in the society.
The PDP governors condemned President Muhamadu Buhari and APC for turning the Presidential Villa, that belongs to all Nigerians, into the new APC headquarters, where PDP members who are forced to leave their party are being paraded at intervals.
They requested the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to deploy appropriate technologies necessary to ensure that the votes of every Nigerian is counted and made to count.
The PDP governors also called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 general elections.
Speaking on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the governors said there is need for a free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench Electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.
The governors reiterated, once again, the need for the NNPC and other revenue generating agencies of Government to strictly abide by the Constitution by remitting all their Revenue less cost of Production into the Federation Account as provided for by S.162 of the Constitution.
The PDP governors forum also encouraged all Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing registration of Voters by INEC to register, thereby arming themselves with the necessary tools in the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the APC maladministration.