The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDPGF) and Governor of Ondo State Olusegun Mimiko has said PDP is rebranding to offer very responsible and constructive opposition.
Mimiko said on Tuesday in Abuja after a meeting of PDP governors in Abuja that the party is also reorganizing and repositioning at the same time.
Mimiko said, “We are doing some re-organisation, re-branding and re-positioning, essentially, that is what we are doing now. We are putting ourselves together to offer very responsible and constructive opposition.”
Mimiko’s declaration came after Ebonyi State Governor Dave Umahi, disclosed that the election of Mimiko of Ondo State as chairman was ratified by all the 12 governors present.
Umahi, who read the communique of the Forum, also demanded that “the state election tribunals in Rivers, Taraba and Akwa Ibom states which were illegally relocated to Abuja, must be returned to their various states immediately.”
The governors had met to consolidate their position ahead of today’s meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
The meeting started at about 8:20pm and ended at about 11:18pm.
Present at the 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), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udo Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Dave Umahia (Ebonyi) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe).
Only Cross River State Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, was absent from the meeting.
Meanwhile, barring any last minute changes, PDP would on Wednesday hold its Board of Trustees meeting.
Leadership gathered that the meeting would expectedly deliberate on some salient issues affecting the party including the emergence of a substantive party chairman and the evolving National Assembly tussle.
Statutorily, the BoT meeting of the party is preparatory to a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which is the highest decision-making body in the party second only to the national convention.