Fresh Crisis Brews In PDP As Fayose, Others Reject Mimiko As Governors’ Forum Chair
fresh crisis appears to be brewing in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose and some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors are kicking against the emergence of Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko, as chairman of the party’s Governors’ Forum.
The aggrieved governors include those absent at the meeting in Abuja last Wednesday where nine out of the 14 governors of the party voted Mimiko as the chairman of the forum.
The aggrieved governors were said to have protested that the choice of Mimiko did not follow due process on grounds that Mimiko defected to the PDP only last year.
Mimiko emerged chairman of the Forum last week the governors’ meeting in Abuja, where only six of the party’s 13 governors and two deputies were present.
PDP governors at the meeting besides Mimiko include Capt. Idris Wada (Kogi), Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom),Darius Ishaku (Taraba), and the deputy governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah.
Fayose has rallied some other governors in the party to kick against Mimiko’s emergence.
He has petitioned the national leadership of the party to intervene before the matter degenerates into a full blown crisis.
A source at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja was quoted to have confirmed the receipt of the petition against Mimiko. The party’s National Working Committee (NWC) will be meeting the party’s governors today to ironing out the matter.
Meanwhile, the PDP governors are expected to meet today to deliberate on the emergence of a new chairman for the party.
Our source confirmed the meeting but noted, “I cannot confirm or deny that the meeting is about the emergence of a new chairman of the party. What I know is that the meeting will deliberate on how to move the party forward.”
Following the resignation of the former chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, the party had disclosed that the north- east geo-political zone, where Mu’azu is from, would retain the position. The deputy national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has been acting in as national chairman.