THERE were indications, yesterday, that governors of the South-South states might have met behind closed doors and adopted a veiled strategy to counter moves by the Northern governors to reduce the constitutionally approved 13 per cent derivation fund to oil-producing states.
A highly-placed source to the governors confided in Vanguard: "The South-South governors have met, but it was not an open meeting because of the dimension the matter raised by the northern governors has assumed. They have deliberated on the matter and taken some resolutions, which they do not want to make public."
Vanguard leant that the South-South governors might have decided to lobby President Goodluck Jonathan, National Assembly members and other influential Nigerians to allow the status quo remain and let the sleeping dog lie, rather than exacerbate the tension the controversy has created in the country.
He said: "The strategy is not to confront the northern governors the way they wanted it by coming up with the demand. It is to publicly ignore them and do their spadework at the appropriate quarters since the matter is very clear.
"South-South governors are satisfied with the response of eminent leaders of the region and other Nigerians to the demand by the northern governors and want to make their northern colleagues know that they are mature enough not to dance in a public square with them on a matter that has historical precedent and requires logical reasoning, and not playing to the gallery with sentimental declarations."
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