Abuja, By George Agba — April 17, 2014.
Governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) today shunned an ongoing expanded meeting of the National Security Council.
President Goodluck Jonathan had yesterday summoned members of the National Security Council to a meeting which held in his office from 11:00am to 1:40pm.
The enlarged meeting of the National Security Council involving all the governors of the 36 states of the federation commenced at about 2:00pm.
But our correspondent reports that not even one of the APC governors was sighted at the meeting holding at the first lady conference room at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati had noted in a statement yesterday that the meeting was convened to “review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.”
But LEADERSHIP gathered that the decision by the APC that its governors should boycott the meeting may not be unconnected with allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement it issued on Monday that the opposition party was responsible for the bomb explosion in Nyanya which killed over hundred people, leaving many injured.
The governors present at the security meeting were mostly PDP governors.
They are Gabriel Suswan (Benue), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Isa Yuguda(Bauchi), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Idris Wada (Kogi), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Acting Governor (Taraba) Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, Rear Admiral John Jonah and Deputy Governor of Kebbi.
From the federal government side are Defence Minister, Brigadier-General Aliyu Gusau; Director-General of State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong; Minister of Interior, Abba Moro; Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs; Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.