Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday shunned a meeting called by President Goodluck Jonathan to address the security challenges facing the country.
As at the time the meeting started at the First Lady’s Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at about 2pm, 15 Peoples Democratic Party governors, one All Progressives Grand Alliance governor, one Labour Party governor, two PDP deputy governors and an acting governor were in attendance.
The meeting presided over by the President also had Vice President Namadi Sambo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim; and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) in attendance.
Governors in attendance include: Gabriel Suswan (Benue), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi) Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Isa Yuguda(Bauchi), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ibrahim Dankwanbo (Gombe), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Willie Obiano (Anambra) and Idris Wada (Kogi).
Others are Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Garba Umar (Acting governor, Taraba), John Jonah (Deputy Governor, Bayelsa) and Kebbi State Rear Deputy Governor,
The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd.), Minister of Interior, Abba Moro; Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Abduljelili Adesiyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, Director-General of State Security Service, Ita Ekpeyong; Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs; as well as Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar.