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Cracks emerge in PDP govs’ rank

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There appears to be disaffection within the rank of governors of the PDP, as the recent election of Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State as chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum seems not to have gone down well with some of them who claim they were not carried along in the exercise.

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.

PDP governors at the meeting besides Mimiko included 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.

Sources within the party hinted that the aggrieved governors have forwarded their complaints to the national working committee and the BoT chairman.

Another source at the party’s secretariat confirmed the matter but declined to give specifics on the names, states or region of the governors. The source however noted that the protesting governors have agreed to address the issue as a family matter and as such have decided to follow the proper channels in presenting their grievance.

Efforts to reach the national publicity secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, for reaction on the matter was not successful as his phone lines were not reachable at press time.

Meanwhile, the PDP governors are expected to meet today (Monday) 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.”

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