Jonathan Meets With Northern Governors

Jonathan Meets With Northern Governors

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday evening met behind closed door with state governors from the Northern part of the country.

The meeting which started at about 9.30pm was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja and had Vice President Namadi Sambo in attendance.

Northern governors who attended the meeting included Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Idris Wada (Kogi), Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi), and Babangida Aliyu (Niger).

Others are Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarrawa), Patrick Yakowa (Kaduna), Jona Jang (Plateau), Isa Yuguda, Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), (Bauchi) and Gabriel Suswam (Benue).

Adamawa, Kwara, Zamfara, Gombe and Katsina State governors were represented by their deputies.

Our correspondent gathered that issues relating to amendment of the Constitution would take a centre stage at the meeting.

Specifically, a source said the meeting would look at the call for the abrogation of the  onshore/offshore dichotomy being spearheaded by the northern governors.

Issues bordering on the agitation for state police was also said to be on the meeting’s agenda.

Apart from the constitution ammendment, another source said the President might use the meeting to test the water ahead of the 2015 presidential election.  Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; Chief of Staff to the President, Mike Oghiadomhe; and Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, also attended the meeting.


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