Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, Declares That All The Demands By The 17 Southern States Governors Must Be Considered By President Muhammadu Buhari, Says The Governors Cannot Be Pushed Aside This Time Around

The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari must consider the demands for a national dialogue and the establishment of State Police, Page 36 learnt.

Recall, that two days ago, the Governors of the 17 Southern States converged in Asaba, the Delta State capital, where they made some resolutions and demands from the Federal Government.

They agreed for a ban on open grazing in the Southern region, and urged the President to convene a National Dialogue Summit, among other demands.

In an interview on ARISE TV, Governor Akeredolu justified the demands of the Governors, saying that, some of their counterparts in the Northern part of the country, are in support of their position.

He maintained that it is highly unlikely that the Presidency will ignore the Governors, because of their numbers.

His words: “Getting a Presidential buy-in might be some cause for concern, by 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 are 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 a parlour gossip. It is a matter that came from serious, in-depth discussion of Governors.”

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