The people’s Democratic Party (PDP) South-South governors yesterday said the poor economic policies initiated by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC), contributed abysmally to the current recession.
While warning against “political gangsterism,” the governors frowned at what they described as failed leadership policies, among others in the day-to-day running of the economy.
Their words: “We the South-South PDP governors are not satisfied with the present economy policies and we are here in Asaba to fashion ways of improving the economy.”
After a four hour closed-door meeting, the governors who spoke through the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom, told reporters that their meeting was informed by the present predicament bedeviling the Nigerian people.
He said: “We met behind closed door to fashion out ways on how to get out of the present recession. Nigerians are suffering, especially with the epileptic power and the seeming dis-unity among the Nigerian people.”
The governor explained that the meeting was occasioned by the hunger rampaging every nook and cranny of the country. He said it was pathetic for the present leadership to have failed in their electoral promises to Nigerians.
According to him, “we discussed extensively on ways to tackle the poor economic conditions threatening the society with high cost of living and we have also observed that the economic platform of Nigeria has not been favourable, especially in the Niger Delta region, and we have decided to strengthen the unity of Nigeria, among others.”
On the speculations that the meeting was to take position on the forthcoming Anambra governorship election, the governor said that they did not come to discuss politics, rather Nigeria’s recession. “If we want to discuss politics, we will go to Abuja where we can sit down and discuss politics extensively, we are not here for Anambra politics.”
He called on stakeholders to join hands with the economic experts with a view to ensuring an improved economy, adding “Nigeria is seriously passing through hardship.’’