The governors of the People Democratic Party (PDP), have condemned the Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Taraba States’ Elections Petition Tribunals relocation to the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The governors expressed their apparent displeasure at the turn of events at the PDP Governors’ Forum meeting which held in Abuja on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
The meeting, which extended to the wee hours of Wednesday, June 17, 2015, also brought the election of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as the chairman of the Forum.
Dr, Okezie Ikpeazu, the Abia State governor, expressed the unhappiness of the colleagues over the Tribunals that were moved to Abuja while speaking with newsmen at about 9:30pm on Tuesday, June 16.
According to him; “We condemn in very strong terms the relocation of election tribunals in Rivers State, Taraba State and Akwa Ibom State to Abuja.”
He revealed that “the PDP governors’ forum unanimously elected Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as chairman of the forum.”
The governors who jointly congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the polls also said they were very happy with the way and manner former President Goodluck Jonathan handled the outcome of the election results.
Ikpeazu 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 Jonathan, for his display of peaceful disposition in the 2015 general elections, which has stabilised our political landscape.
“We equally congratulate Senator Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara and Suleiman Lasun on their emergence as the senate president, the speaker, House of Representatives and the deputy speaker respectively.
“We specially congratulate our own Senator Ike Ekweremadu on his emergence as the deputy senate president.”
Governor Mimiko in addressing the journalist said; “We will do everything that we can do to engage the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress 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.”
A total of 8 governors were in attendance at the meeting namely; Governors Mimiko, Ikpeazu, Idris Wada, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Dave Umahi, Udom Emmanuel and Darius Ishaku representing Osun, Abia, Kogi, Enugu, Ebonyi, Akwa Ibom and Taraba States respectively. While Deputy Governor John Jonah of Bayelsa State was on ground to represent his state at the meeting.
Governors Hassan Dankwambo, Ayo Fayose, Nyesome Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa and Ben Ayade of Gombe, Ekiti, Rivers, Delta and Cross Rivers States respectively were neither present nor sent any representation.