PDP Governors Forum Condemns Gulak’s Declaration As Party’s National Chairman

The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum has condemned the action of Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, an aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, for declaring himself as the National Chairman of PDP.

Gulak, the former Special Adviser to Jonathan on Political Matters, had earlier in the day at the PDP secretariat,said he had ced to assumed office as PDP national Chairman following a court ruling.

The governors’ position is contained in a Communique issued by the forum after its meeting held late on Wednesday in Abuja and signed by the Director General of the forum, Earl Osaro

“The invasion of the party headquarters on Wednesday by Ahmed Gulak, who reportedly assumed the Chairmanship of the PDP, is regrettable and condemnable.

“We take cognisance of the judgment by the court in Abuja which ordered the acting chairman to vacate office for any other person from the North-East zone of Nigeria.

“Our party constitution has enough provisions for that and the necessary process has been put in motion,” the Communique stated.

It stated that the appropriate organs of the party would meet soonest to elect a national chairman of the party from the appropriate zone.

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Tony Blair Holds Talks With Nigerian Governors’ Forum

A Former Prime Minister of Britain, Mr Tony Blair, is meeting with the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to discuss areas of collaboration.

The meeting, which is being held at the Presidential Villa Abuja, is hosting the Tony Blair Foundation in the first of series of meeting with development partners geared towards good governance.

Mr Blair told the Governors that the dwindling oil prices and the attendant cash crunch called for change in the way things were done.

According to him, the Blair Foundation can collaborate with government at the state to bring about change in the country.

Before the meeting with the governors, Mr Blair held talks with the Chairman of the Forum, Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari of Zamfara State, where they discussed how the foundation could help state governments in the areas of health, education and Agriculture.

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APC Govs Shun Maiden Progressives Governors’ Forum Meeting

Governors elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC) have shunned a planned meeting of the Progressive Governors Forum in Katsina, forcing the organisers to cancel the event.

The meeting scheduled to hold between Sept. 14 and 16, was to set legislative agenda for the implementation of the APC manifesto.

Also absent was the Senate President, Speaker, House of Representatives, Speakers of APC state assemblies and key officers of the party.

The Chairman, Local Organising Committee, Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa told newsmen that the parley had to be postponed due to poor attendance.

According to him, most of the expected dignitaries have travelled to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj.

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APC Governors’ Forum sets up committee on job creation

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors’ Forum on Thursday said it had constituted a committee on job creation to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

Disclosing this to newsmen after the forum’s meeting in Yola on Thursday, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, who is the chairman of the forum, said the governors were concerned with the level of poverty in the country.


He said the forum had resolved to tackle the issue, adding, “to this end, a committee headed by Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, Governor of Kebbi, has been set up to fashion out action plan.”


He said the forum had also resolved to meet on monthly basis to assess progress made and how to improve on it.


He commended Gov. Bindow Jibrilla of Adamawa for hosting the meeting.


Okorocha also expressed the forum’s condolence to the government and people of Borno over the recent passing away of the state Deputy Governor, Alahji Mustapha Zannah.

Mimiko Emerges Chairman PDP Governors’ Forum

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has been elected the chairman the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors’ forum.

Mr. Mimiko was elected at a meeting of the PDP governors in Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday.

The Ondo governor was deputy to the former chairman of the forum, Godswill Akpabio, the immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State.

The coordinator of the PDP governors’ forum, Osaro Onaiwu, had told PREMIUM TIMES last week that there had been informal meetings where about nine of the governors agreed that Mr. Mimiko be their new chairman.

According to Mr. Onaiwu, an earlier meeting scheduled for last week was shelved as the governors were engaged in the negotiations and horse-trading with regards to the elections of the new leadership of the national assembly.

The PDP presently has 13 governors.


Yari Emerges New Chairman Of Governors’ Forum

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has chosen Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari as its new chairman on Monday. Yari emerged at the end of the meeting of the Forum held at the Lagos/Osun Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel,  Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Governor of Rivers State,  Rotimi Amaechi, who is the outgoing chairman of the body said that Yari emerged chairman by consensus and would serve for a period of one year.

Monday’s meeting is the first time the state governors will be meeting after the Forum descended into crisis in May 2013 following the emergence of two factions.

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