In response to recent media speculation, the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF), led by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, issued a statement today clarifying their role in the resolution of the Rivers State crisis. The statement addressed their interactions with President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in addressing the situation.
According to a statement signed by, the Director General of PDP Governor’s forum, C.I.D. stated that the crisis in Rivers State had significant national security implications and the potential to disrupt law and order. The Rivers State Police Command itself recognized this in a statement issued on November 1, 2023. As the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Tinubu, in his capacity as the nation’s Chief Security Officer, intervened to prevent further escalation of the crisis. The history of Nigeria is marked by instances where issues in one state can have widespread repercussions.
“Governor Bala Mohammed acted promptly by convening an emergency meeting of the PDP-GF upon learning of the Rivers State situation. In a communique released after their October 31, 2023 meeting, the PDP Governors expressed their concern and welcomed President Tinubu’s intervention. They urged all parties involved to seek peaceful resolutions and offered their platform to facilitate a just containment of the issues.
The PDP Governors’ Forum, under the leadership of Governor Bala Mohammed, has demonstrated a commitment to peace and security across the country. They engaged in shuttle diplomacy, meeting with key stakeholders involved in the crisis.
The unity, peace, and tranquility of the nation take precedence over political affiliations. Governor Bala Mohammed’s acknowledgement of President Tinubu’s efforts in resolving the Rivers State crisis is not an endorsement of any political party but a recognition of the importance of national stability.
“In conclusion, Governor Bala Mohammed and the PDP-GF have played a constructive role in addressing the Rivers State crisis, ensuring that the situation did not escalate further. Their actions are in line with their commitment to the peace and security of the nation, transcending political divisions.