• Lauds bi-partisan NASS

Barring any last minute change, Governor Olusegun Mimko of Ondo State is to succeed Senator Godswill Akpabio, former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, as the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum next week.
The Forum is expected to have its first meeting since the elections and members are expected to confirm Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state as the new Chairman of the forum.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, Coordinator of the forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, said there have been informal meetings where about nine of the 13 governors of the party zeroed in on Governor Mimiko as the new Chairman of the forum.
According to Mr. Onaiwu, an earlier meeting scheduled for this week was shelved as the governors were engaged in the negotiations and horse-trading with regards to the elections of the new leadership of the National Assembly.
Asked if other governors were not interested in leading the forum, the PDP Governors’ Forum coordinator said the coming meeting will determine if there was such interest.
“I am aware that about nine of them have already thrown their support behind Mimiko to lead the forum, because they said they want very steady and organised hands now that the PDP is in opposition” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, the PDP Governors’ Forum has stated that a bi-partisan National Assembly is healthy for the country as it will lead to robust oversight of government business and law making.
According to Earl Osaro Onaiwu, the Forum said the emergence of Senators Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as the President and Deputy President of the eighth Senate respectively, was an indication that the country’s democracy was on track.
Onaiwu equally congratulates Yakubu Dogara on his emergence as the Speaker of the eighth House of Representatives, as well as his deputy Hon. Yusuf Lasun.
The PDP Governors’ hail the courage and unity of purpose demonstrated by the senators and the legislators in appointing their leaders as it demonstrates their respect for the constitution of Nigeria which does not recognize party imposition.
The Forum notes with gratitude the immense contribution of the immediate past Senate President, David Mark, for the decency and mature manner with which he ensured the smooth take off of the 8th National Assembly and also commended the hierarchy of the PDP for successfully galvanising PDP members in both chambers of the National Assembly in contributing in no small measure to the peaceful conduct of the NASS elections.
We charge all members of the National Assembly to continue to uphold the tenets of democracy and enforce the constitutionally-vested parliamentary roles expected of them.


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