Governors of the Southern region, for the third time this year, met in Enugu State on Thursday to deliberate on key issues affecting the region. After the meeting, the governors made five key decisions that the writer opines may not favour the North, and the region may likely oppose these decisions made by the southern governors.
Since the Southern Governors began meeting at intervals to deliberate on issues that are affecting the region in general, the Governors have been able to reach some agreements on how to go about certain issues. As the number one citizen of their respective states, the Governors are saddled with the responsibility to manage the affairs of their states, and ensure the protection of the lives and properties of their people.
The issues of "Open Grazing" has raised a lot of arguments between different regions in Nigeria. The Southern Governors forum are against open grazing because of the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen within the country. (Photo Credit: Afrikinfo). However, some Northern groups (Including Miyetti Allah) and leaders have refused to accept this decision taken by Southern governors concerning the Anti-Open Grazing law.
The S'East Governors that were absent from the Southern Governors' meeting should apologize to Igbos
picture.credit.premiumtimes.ng The Southern Governors gathered in Enugu on Thursday to discuss and finalize the issues bothering on the open grazing ban, 2023 general elections, and true federalism, etc. Before the meeting, the southern governors had met in Asaba and later in Lagos. Their meetings were based on the Asaba declaration.
The opposition People's Democratic Party, PDP is considering all options ahead of the formal announcement of its zoning formula for its offices in the forthcoming national convention. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi led committee has finalized its work and reports has it that the South may produce the national chairman of the PDP which simply means that the party will field a Northern 2023 presidential candidate.
The 2023 presidency has raised a lot of misunderstandings and arguments within the country. This is because different regions believe that they are suppose to produce the next president in 2023. (Photo Credit: Infogist). Also, the Southern Governors forum led by Rotimi Akeredolu claimed that the Southern region should produce President Buhari's successor for the sake of equity and fairness.
Months after the South-East and South-West governors launched regional security outfits, the South-South governors on Monday approved the establishment of a joint regional security outfit to address insecurity in their region. Photo Credit: Peoples Gazette In a statement signed by the South-South leaders chairman, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, said, "Bearing in mind that most of the BRACED states have established their state security’s organs, we approved the regional security architecture, which will be launched very soon".
The issue of Open Grazing has been leading to various reactions from many politicians and political groups in Nigeria. Most Southern Governors have opposed Open Grazing and have vowed not to accept it in their States. Nevertheless, One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, says herders won’t support any southern candidate who is against open grazing should he or she run for president in 2023.
Photo: Cross section of Southern Governors, culled from the Cable Ahead of the 2023 General Elections, major political gladiators and prominent politicians have been making contributions to various political factors that may determine who will, surely, emerge as the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The 2023 presidential election has caused a lot of misunderstandings and arguments among different regions within the country. The Southern Governors forum has insisted that the Southern part of Nigeria will produce the next president in 2023. (Southern Governors. Credit: Infogist) However, Hakeem Ahmed-Baba (Spokesman of Northern Elders Forum) countered this decision taken by the Southern Governors forum over the 2023 Presidency.
Will PDP Zone Presidency To The North After Atiku's Group Rejected The Zoning Of PDP's Chairmanship?
The 2023 presidential election has raised a lot of arguments between different political groups within the country. The Southern Governors forum claimed that their region should produce the next president while some Northern leaders have rejected this decision taken by Southern governors. (S/Governors. Photo Credit: Infonow).
Since the Southern Governors began meeting to jointly discuss issues that are affecting the entire Southern region of Nigeria, the Governors have been able to reach different agreements within themselves. It should be recalled that it was during such a meeting that the Governors agreed to ban open grazing, and also to insist on the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region.
The saga regarding which region or part of the country power will shift to in 2023 has been on the front burner for a while now. Photo credit: Google Images While Nigerians are anxious to know the moves of the federal government and political parties regarding the zoning of the presidency, we shall be looking at two major indications why power might remain in the north.
The crisis between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria have caused a lot of tension within some communities in the country. Farmlands and crops have been destroyed by cows while farm animals are attacked by aggrieved farmers. (Photo Credit: Infonow). Due to this issue, the Southern Governors forum led by Rotimi Akeredolu decided to place a ban on open grazing across the Southern states in Nigeria.
The recent drama between Southern Governors and the Northern Elders Forum seems to have taken to a new twist, as Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state recently waded into the debate surrounding the issue of the 2023 presidency and the collecting of Value Added Tax (VAT) by states instead of the Federal Government.
Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has lashed out on those criticizing his position on Southern Governors decision on open grazing, noting that his view on the issue was within the confines of the nation's constitution. Malami revealed this during an interview with newsmen following a virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
Shehu Sani Begs The Northern And Southern Governors To Unite And Address Issues Affecting The Masses
The Northern and Southern Governors are currently at logger heads with each other over the zoning of the Presidency in 2023, VAT collection and other issues. The Northern Governors have maintained that the zoning principle is not Constitutional as such it is not binding on them. Shehu Sani while reacting to the disagreement posted in his Social Media page pleading that the Governors should all unite so as to address the major and common issues that is threatening the peace, well being and lives of the masses rather than tearing the Country down due to their personal interest.
The ban on open grazing in some states within the southern part of Nigeria has raised a lot of arguments in the country. The Anti-Open Grazing law was signed by some governors in order to settle the dispute between farmers and herdsmen. (Photo Credit: Infogist).
The ban on "open grazing" in the Southern part of Nigeria have raised a lot of arguments within some states in the country. The Southern Governors forum led by Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State Governor) agreed to sign the Anti-Open Grazing law across the Southern States.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State. Enugu State has signed the Anti-Open Grazing bill into law. The State is hosting the Southern Governors meeting led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State assent to the anti-open grazing bill into law, is in line with the decision of the 17 Southern Governors.