Peoples Democratic Party’s governors under the auspices of PDP Governors’ Forum (PDPGF), has kicked against the relocation of Rivers, Taraba and Akwa Ibom states tribunals to Abuja.
This is even as Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko has emerged the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum.
The emergence of Mimiko was sequel to the meeting held by the governors in Abuja on Tuesday night that spilled over to Wednesday morning.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting that started about 9:30pm and ended at midnight, Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, said: “We condemn in very strong terms the relocation of election tribunals in Rivers State, Taraba State and Akwa Ibom States to Abuja.”
He added: “The PDP governors’ forum unanimously elected Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as Chairman of the forum.”
Ikpeazu further said, “We congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari, on his election as the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces. We also commend and salute our former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for his display of peaceful disposition in the 2015 general elections, which has stabilised our political landscape.
“We equally congratulate Senator Bukola Saraki, Hon. Yakubu Dogara and Hon. Suleiman on their emergence as the Senate President, Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively. We specially congratulate our own Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, on his emergence as Deputy Senate President.”
Also speaking with journalist, the new PDPGF Chairman, Mimiko said, “We will do everything that we can do to engage the presidency and APC in a very constructive manner. We have also agreed to create formal and informal mechanisms of peer review, all for the development of our nation.”
Governors in attendance were: Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, Capt. Idris Wada (Kogi), Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) and Darius Ishaku (Taraba).
The deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah, represented the state governor at the meeting.
Governors absent at the meeting were: Governors Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Nyesome Wike of Rivers, Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta and Professor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State.