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Open Grazing: Southern Governors are ganging up against the north – ADP Chairman says

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The national chairman of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Sani Yabagi, has faulted the resolution of the southern governors and accused them of ganging up against President Muhammadu Buhari and people from the northern region. 

Aiming strong-worded criticism at the governors, Mr Yabagi said the governors are behaving like separationist Sunday Igboho of Yoruba Nation and Nnamdi Kanu of the Biafra Republic.  

Governors of the southern states had a meeting in Lagos on Monday wherein they called for state policing, said the next president should come from the south, rejected the recently signed Petroleum Industry Bill and reinforced the ban on open grazing in the region. 

However, reacting to the resolutions when he featured on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Monday, Mr Yabagi, who was ADP’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election, lamented that such resolutions could polarise the country. 

“All the things listed in that communique from their meeting seems to be a kind of ganging up against the North,” Mr Yabagi said. 

“When you look at the grazing issue, insecurity, the issue of politics of 2023, how can we have elected officials, governors for that matter, coming in this manner to emphasise things that divides us? Not talking about things that unites the country beats my imagination.”

“It is unfortunate that we don’t have governors today coming together on issues of principle. These governors are not anything better than Igboho or Kanu or any person not elected to protect the nation. 

“By now we shouldn’t  be talking about these dichotomies that have nothing to do with good governance,” Mr Yabagi added.  

He added that the northern region holds the decision to determine which region holds olitical power and the south should not scare them away with their actions. 

“I think we are getting it wrong and the earlier these governors wake up to their responsibilities of ensuring that this country remains one strong insolvable the better for everybody. 

“The way they are going will scare the North and the North in fact controls the largest chunk of the vote they need to become the president of this country,” Mr Yabagi warned.

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