GOVERNORS elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday rose from a meeting in Abuja, insisting that governorship and State Houses of Assembly election tribunals of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba states be relocated from Abuja to their respective states.
The governors who met last night in Abuja, the second time in one week, described as illegal and unjustified, the location of these tribunals to Abuja other than the states where the elections were held.
Reading a two- point Communique at the end of the meeting held yesterday night in Abuja, Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpazu, the Governors under the aegis of PDP governors’ Forum, PDPGF however ratified the election of the Ondo State governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko as Chairman of the PDP Governors’ forum.
Twelve governors including Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State who was reported to havepetitioned the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party against Mimiko’s election, were present at the meeting.
The Ondo State governor who later spoke to newsmen said the party “is rebranding and repositioning to provide a responsible and constructive opposition to the ruling party.” He denied that there was crisis with the rank of governors elected on the platform of the party.
The PDP Governors’ Forum, had last week condemned “in very strong terms the relocation of election tribunals in Rivers State, Taraba State and Akwa Ibom State to Abuja.”
Those present at PDP Governors’ meeting were Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Darius Isiaku (Taraba), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), John Jonah (Bayelsa), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), Idris Wada (Kogi), Nysome Wike (Rivers), Udo Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe).
Only Cross River State governor, Seantor Ben Ayade was absent at the meeting.