The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akerodolu (SAN), on Friday, said governors of the South-West will soon hold a gathering with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the “Operation Amotekun” security initiative.
Akerodolu, who is additionally the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, said this while chatting with journalists in Abuja, on Friday.
He explained that the meeting which was earlier scheduled had to be postponed because the president had to travel for official engagements within the uk.
The governor said, “We will ask him once we have the chance . I can tell you our letter was to ascertain the President, that we wanted See him him and ask him but he said he was planning to be in England as a result of time, why don’t we meet with the vice president until he returns but by the time the Vice President asked us to come back, most of our colleagues too were in the UK.
“They were returning back home yesterday (Thursday) that was why he fixed the meeting for yesterday (Thursday) because Most of my colleagues who were in the UK came back, a number of them, Ogun and Lagos couldn’t return but they sent their deputies.
“The President will hear us. he’s an individual that understands us anyway, we’ll inform him once we meet.”
In response to speculations that the governors didn’t carry the Federal government along before launching the initiative, he said, the governors felt that their earlier meetings with the Inspector general of Police on the matter was representative enough.
He said, “Our understanding was that if we’ve discussions with the Inspector general of Police, That is absolutely representative enough for the federal .
“When my brother Governor, John Fayemi Kayode met and had discussions with the IGP on our behalf, he wasn’t against it but it had been the reactions (which trailed Abubakar Malami’s comments) that he said ah, what are they trying to do. We just told them that the (public)reaction was to what the AGF said to not what we did. We were ready to sort it out.”
Speaking about issues within the All Progressives Congress, Akerodolu explained that as a party , the APC has its issues but that they weren’t issues that would not be resolved.
He said, “What a number of us governors are saying is that we must have our party as an institution and build it on known parameters. Known, it’s not that you simply visited one state and say go and use direct, you visit another state it is indirect, no! There must be uniformity in order that everybody will know, yes, in our party we’ve got this. after we had it in the last set of elections, it gave a great deal of problems.”