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Fresh crisis looms in PDP over Mimiko emergence as PDPGF Chairman
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Fresh crisis looms in PDP over Mimiko emergence as PDPGF Chairman

Mfonobong Akpan

Strong indications have emerged that crisis looms in the family of Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over the emergence of governor Olusegun Mimiko as Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, PDPGF, the umbrella body of the governors.

Olusegun Mimiko emerged the Chairman of PDPGF last week and vowed to engage President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC in very constructive manner.

Governor Mimiko was elected Chairman of the Forum at the meeting, which was slated for 7pm last week Tuesday night and did not start until about 9pm, but came to a close at 12am last week Wednesday morning. The Ondo State governor replaced former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio who was the first to occupy the position following the formation of the forum.

It was gathered yesterday that some PDP members were already kicking against the choice of Mimiko as the the Chairman of the Forum and as a way of protest, have also written a petition to the National Working Committee, NWC of the party to as a matter of urgency wade into the looming problem before it blows into an uncontrollable situation.

Six Governors and two Deputies who represented their governors were at the meeting, when he was elected,while governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State was conspicuously absent.

According to a source at Wadata Plaza, National Secretariat of PDP, the NWC would hold a crucial meeting with all the governors today to brainstorm on these issues relating to how to move the party forward as well as the chairmanship of the Forum.

The aggrived governors were said to have protested that the choice of Mimiko did not follow due process bearing in mind that Mimiko only defected to the party recently.

Meanwhile, worried over the inability of PDP to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC especially after the March 28 Presidential election, Governors elected on the platform of the party will meet today in Abuja to brainstorm on when the party should hold the meeting, just as the last meeting was before the general elections.

Also as of the National Assembly resumes today, the PDP governors would at the meeting deliberate on those to emerge as Minority leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives.

A source told Vanguard yesterday that the newly elected Chairman of PDP governors’ Forum and governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko who will preside, would look at how to come up with names that will not cause ripples especially at this trying moments for the PDP.

It would be recalled that during the March 28 Presidential election where former President Goodluck Jonathan was the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and President Muhammadu Buhari was the candidate of the then opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, the PDP lost the election and suddenly became the new opposition political party in Nigeria.

Besides the removal of former President Goodluck Jonathan from office in the election by Muhammadu Buhari, the first of its kind in Nigeria since 1999, the ruling PDP also suffered defeat at both the Senate and the House of Representatives which it hitherto controlled, thereby becoming the opposition party at both the red and green chambers.

Following the defeat, the PDP will now produce the Minority and deputy minority leaders for both chambers in the national assembly.

According to the source the PDP Governors will also brainstorm on the problems of the party, its present opposition status, the present National Working Committee, NWC which has Prince Uche Secondus as acting National Chairman.

The Governors, Vanguard gathered will also have a postmortem on the party especially the election that culminated in the resignation of the former National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu and former Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih and the emergence of former Acting National Chairman, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed as acting BoT chairman

It would be recalled that the PDP Governors’ Forum was formed to drum support for the re -election of former President Goodluck Jonathan following the crisis that broke out in the Nigerian Governors Forum,NGF which led to the emergence of former governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and former governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State as two factions then.

Former Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, a dire hard supporter of former President Jonathan was then picked as the pioneer Chairman of the Forum and since he was not returning,a new Chairman had to emerge.