Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors Forum has condemned the relocation of election tribunals in three states to Abuja.
The affected states are Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba. PDP won the last election in the three states.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja in the wee hours of Tuesday at the end of the first meeting of the Forum after the May 29 inauguration, Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, said the reasons given for the relocation are not cogent and convincing to Nigerians.
“We condemn in very strong terms the relocation of election tribunals in Rivers State, Taraba State and Akwa Ibom State to Abuja.”
Governor Ikpeazu also declared that Governor Olusegun Mimiko was unanimously elected as the new chairman of the forum.
Mimiko took over from immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom state, Senator Godswill Akpabio.
He said: “The PDP Governors’ Forum unanimously elected Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as chairman of the forum.
“We congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, 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.”
In a separate interview with few journalists after the briefing, the new chairman of the Forum, Governor Mimiko, said the PDP will engage the APC administration in very constructive manner as the leading opposition party in the country.
“We will do everything that we can to engage the Presidency and APC in a very constructive manner. We have also agreed to create formal and informal mechanisms of pair review, all for the development of our nation.”
Governors in attendance at the meeting which ended around 12.05am are Governor 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.
PDP disowns group over call for Buhari’s resignation
Meanwhile, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday disowned a group parading as PDP Media Watchdog over the call by the group for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The group, purporting to be working within and in the interest of PDP, had said in a statement that Buhari is unfit to continue in office after declaring that there is not much he can do as president at 72.
According to the PDP National Publicly Secretary, Olisa Metu, “this group is absolutely unknown to the PDP and has no connection whatsoever with our party at any level, neither is the content of their statement a reflection of the position or stance of the party.
“For the avoidance of doubt, our great party has not authorized this group to use its name, acronym or logo to issue statements or make public pronouncements on any matter and we caution those behind them to henceforth desist from such immediately.
“The PDP therefore distances itself from the embarrassing statement by this group wherein it called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign and went ahead to use offensive and denigrating languages on the person and office of the President of our great country.
“This is completely unacceptable and against the posture of the PDP to engage only on robust and credible opposition while constructively offering alternatives to the programmes and policies of the APC-led government, preparatory to our return to power in the next four years.
“We note with dismay that the attitude of this group is a direct consequence of the approach adopted by the APC in denigrating and insulting our immediate-past President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Though we know that former President Jonathan suffered such fate in the hands of the APC, we shall not repay them in the same coin as such is not part of our tradition and value as a party.
“Furthermore, recall that the PDP had earlier informed the public and the media that only statements issued by the National Chairman, the National Secretary, the National Publicity Secretary or any other officer of the party authorised by the National Working Committee, NWC, should be regarded or reported as the position of the PDP on any matter.
“In this regard, any group or individuals seeking to use the identity of the PDP on any issue should approach the leadership for authorisation. We urge the media and the general public to be guided by this always.”

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