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Mimiko And The PDP Governors’ Forum

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 2:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Magnus Ugwubujor  –  Lagos


Ondo state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko was on Wednesday this week elected as  Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors’ forum at a meeting of the PDP governors in Abuja. Mimiko’s election is expected to provide the appropriate leadership that the forum needs to continue to make impact in the political landscape of the country. This is believed to be relevant to the extent of PDP’s efforts to bounce back to political reckoning after its poor outing in the 2015 general elections. Presently, the PDP has only 13 governors who make up the forum. He was the deputy chairman of the PDP governors’ forum. 

Hitherto, the seat of the chairman of the PDP governors forum had remained vacant following the election of the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio, as a Senator representing Akwa Ibom North east senatorial district in the 2015 general elections on completion of his two terms in office as the governor.

mimiko-man-in-the-newsThe PDP Governors Forum was formed in the aftermath of the crisis that rocked the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) in 2013. In a report, the erstwhile National Chairman of PDP Alhaji Bamanga Turku had said that the formation of the PDP Governors Forum was borne out of necessity. It was due to an urgent need for the PDP to re-strategise. The former Chairman of the forum, Chief Godswill Akpabio, had also reportedly said that the formation of the PDP governors’ forum does not disrupt the NGF, hence other political parties also have the right to form their own parties’ governors’ fora.

Although there are arguments as to why the PDP should form a parallel body to the NGF, some observers have argued that this has become even more necessary considering the poor performance of the party in the 2015 general elections. As it were, the forum of the PDP governors’ caucus will help the party get its acts together and reengineer itself towards providing a platform for the governors to rub minds together and learn from each other to give a better impetus for the party as a major opposition. Besides, it will help the governors to better coordinate programmes and policies in their various states. Analysts argue that in as much as the PDP governors no longer have any direct affiliation with the government at the centre, following the defeat of the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan by President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 Presidential election, strengthening of the PDP governors’ forum has become vital.

Dr Olusegum Mimiko first contested the governorship of Ondo State on April 14, 2007 on the platform of the Labour Party and lost to Olusegun Agagun of the PDP. But an Appeal Court upturned the result of the election on February 23, 2009 in favour of Mimiko due to cited irregularities. He was reelected for a second term in 2012. He eventually decamped to the PDP on October 2nd, 2014.