Lagos — A meeting of the G7 governors in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the Kano State Governor's Lodge in Asokoro area of Abuja was, yesterday, disrupted after men of the Nigeria Police stormed the venue of the meeting.
The detachment of policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer of the Asokoro Division, who was in mufti, invaded the meeting venue and immediately asked that the meeting be brought to a close.
The arrival of the DPO and his quest to see the Kano State governor, Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso, immediately led to a standoff between him and the ADCs to the five governors present at the meeting. Following the altercation, the DPO was allowed to enter the room where five of the G7 governors were meeting with some other former governors and politicians aligned with them in the Kawu Baraje led faction of the PDP.
Present at the meeting, according to Vanguard sources, were Kwankwanso, and his colleagues from Jigawa, Niger, Adamawa and Rivers, Alhaji Sule Lamido, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, Alhaji Murtala Nyako and Mr. Rotimi Amaechi respectively.
Also present were the factional national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and other leaders of the party. Alhaji Kashim Imam, a former Presidential Liaison Officer, PLO to the Senate and one time close confidant of former President Olusegun Obasanjo but now generally known to be in a working relationship with the APC controlled government in Borno State.
Others were Senators Abubakar Saraki and Abdullahi Adamu, Danjuma Goje immediate past governors of Kwara, Nasarawa and Gombe States, former governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Timipre Sylva, Senator Aisha Alhassan and the factional national secretary of the PDP and former governor of Osun State, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola. Also at the meeting were Chief Sam Sam Jaja, the deputy national chairman of the nPDP, former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni and the national vice chairman of the PDP, Northwest, Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure.
Once he entered into the meeting room, the DPO who came with six truck loads of policemen, it was learnt, immediately told Governor Kwankwanso that the meeting be stopped. He claimed he was acting on orders from above, though he allegedly did not say on whose specific orders.
The governors, it was learnt, rebuffed him asking him to produce a search warrant as they alleged that for him to enforce his order he must have a search warrant or court order.
Vanguard learnt further that the governors told him that it was the height of lawlessness for the DPO to disperse governors meeting as they told him that if he could do that to governors then ordinary men on the streets were not free from intimidation.
Governor Sule Lamido was said to have also quipped to the DPO that his instruction was clearly illegal, telling him that in the early eighties opposition governors belonging to the Progressive Governors Alliance met regularly without harassment from the ruling party or government in power.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi on his part said, "We were in a meeting here when the DPO of Asokoro came to say that he was sent by powers from above to arrest us and he came with troops of mobile policemen in six vehicles. But we refused to go and asked that they should come and take us."
Yesterday's development would be the second time in one week that a meeting of the G7 governors would be disrupted. A similar meeting of the governors in the Sokoto State Governors Lodge in Asokoro, Abuja was disrupted last week.
One of the governors told Vanguard that it is now feared that authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration could now move in to tamper with the certificate of occupancy of the Kano Governor's Lodge following earlier threats against the Adamawa State Liaison office in Abuja which the FCT authorities alleged is being used for illegal political activities.