Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday night insisted, strongly, on the relocation of the Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba States governorship and Houses of Assembly elections petitions tribunals from Abuja to their respective states.
The governors said this after their meeting in Abuja.
The PDP Governors, whose meeting on meeting Monday night was the second within a week, described as illegal and unjustified the relocation of the tribunals to Abuja other than the states where the elections were held.
While reading a two-point communique issued at the end of the meeting, the Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, said the governors have equally 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 had petitioned the National Working Committee of the party against Mimiko’s election, were present at the meeting.
Mimiko, while also speaking with newsmen after the meeting, said the party “is rebranding and repositioning to provide a responsible and constructive opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress”.
Mimiko denied the claim that there was crisis within the rank of the PDP governors.
It will be recalled that 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”.
In attendance at Monday’s meeting were Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Darius Isiaku (Taraba), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti), Idris Wada (Kogi), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahia (Ebonyi), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and John Jonah (Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State).
The Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, was absent at the meeting.