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APC GOVERNORS BOYCOTT NATIONAL SECURITY MEETING

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All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Thursday boycotted the expanded meeting of the National Security Council summoned by President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Jonathan had summoned members of the National Security Council to a meeting which held in his office from 11:00am to 1:40pm.

The meeting was later expanded to involve all the governors of the 36 states of the federation and commenced at about 2:00pm.

None of the APC governors was sighted at the meeting which held at the First Lady’s conference room.

Dr. Reuben Abati, presidential adviser in media and publicity in a statement on Wednesday said that the meeting was convened to “review the security situation in the country as well as ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward”.

It was learnt that the decision of the APC governors to boycott the meeting may not be unconnected with accusations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the opposition party was responsible for the bomb explosion in Nyanya, which killed over 70 people and left many more injured.

Governors at the security meeting were mostly PDP governors.

They included Gabriel Suswan (Benue), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Isa Yuguda(Bauchi), Theodore Orji (Abia), Ibrahimn Dankwanbo (Gombe), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Idris Wada (Kogi), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Sule Lamido (Jigawa).

Others are Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Acting Governor (Taraba) Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, Rear Admiral John Jonah and Deputy Governor of Kebbi.

From the Federal Government side were Defence Minister, Brigadier-General Aliyu Gusau (rtd); Director-General of State Security Service (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong; Minister of Interior, Abba Moro; Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs; Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; National Security Adviser (NSA), Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

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