The Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors Forum, Mr. Olusegun Mimiko, said yesterday that Nigeria is sliding into dictatorship under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He made this known after a two-hour meeting of the forum held at the inner chamber of the Bayelsa State Governor’s office in Yenagoa.
The PDP governors led by their chairman and governor of Ondo State condemned the alleged invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House by operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS.
Mimiko, who read the communiqué of the forum to select journalists, said the invasion was against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition, more so with the existence of a duly elected and sworn in governor of that state.
“We insist that the trend must stop. No democracy survives without a viable opposition in any part of the world and we must also remind the All Progressives Congress, APC, that they are the real beneficiaries of the liberal democratic ethos of the PDP.’’
Mimiko said PDP governors were worried, alarmed and shocked by such desecration, noting that it was an assault on democracy.
He said a situation like what happened in Akwa Ibom spelt doom and posed serious danger to the country’s fledgling democracy.
He noted that the action was one of the attempts by the APC-controlled government to stifle opposition.
Of the 13 PDP governors in the country, two governors and four deputy governors were present at the meeting.
The governors were Mimiko and the host, Seriake Dickson, while the deputies were those of Delta, Kingsley Otuaro; Abia, Chris Akomas; Ebonyi, Kelechi Igwe and Kogi, Yomi Awoniyi.
Governors of Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Benue, Ekiti and Taraba States did not attend the meeting nor send representatives.
However, it was learnt that most of the governors were not present because of their intention to attend Dickson’s formal declaration for second term on Tuesday.


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