22 January 2013

Nigeria: Report Govs to Political Parties, Ex-Minister Tells Jonathan

Port Harcourt — PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has been advised to report governors to their political parties to call them to order, if he found excesses in their actions under the banner of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF.

Chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former Minister of Sports, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, who gave the advice in an interview with Vanguard in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, said NGF has no constitutional backing and as such, should not be seen to embarrass the system in any way.

He said: "Governors Forum has no constitutional right and authority. The onus is on the President to lead Nigeria. The President should report them to their political parties if there are noticeable excesses in their operations. If the governors are trying to embarrass the system, the President should be able to discuss with the political parties to call them to order."

On the Petroleum Industry Bill, the former minister cautioned against actions that could divide the country.

He said members of the National Assembly should take a critical look at the Bill after which it should be passed into law.

"We should avoid any situation that would bring a divide between the oil producing areas and the non-oil producing because it will be very unfortunate for the country if there was to be a problem."

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