The Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum will on Thursday honour past, present, and newly elected governors under the party, including members of the G5 led by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
Recall that G5 declined to support the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar.
The Forum, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its Director General, Hon. Cyril Maduabum, said the ceremony is also to welcome newly elected PDP governors and send forth the outgoing ones.
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It listed the current governors to be honoured apart from Wike to include Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State who is Chairman of the Forum; Okezie Ikpeazu of (Abia State), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom State), Samuel Ortom (Benue State), Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State who are members of the G5; Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State), and Darius Dickson Ishaku (Taraba State).
Also being honoured are three re-elected PDP governors, including Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, and Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State.
The newly elected PDP governors expected to be welcomed are Umo Bassey Eno (Akwa Ibom), Peter Ndubusi Mbah (Enugu State), Agbu Kefas (Taraba State), Ameopusenibo Siminalayi Fubara (Rivers State), Sheriff Oborevwori (Delta State), Dauda Lawal (Zamfara State) and Caleb Mutfwang (Plateau State).
The statement said the Forum wished to use the opportunity to formally send forth past Chairmen of the Forum, Segun Mimiko, Fayose, Dankwambo and Seriake Dickson.
It added that the event will feature a discussion on “Good Governance at the Sub-National level: Issues, Perspectives, Expectations and Outcomes”, which will lay out the challenges facing governance at the sub-national level and possible solutions and is to be presented by Dr. Muda Yusuf, a renowned economist, as Guest Speaker.
The statement added: “It is expected to be a star-studded event as invitations have been extended to the Acting PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Umar Iliya Damagum and Members of the PDP National Working Committee, 2003 PDP Presidential Candidate and Former Vice President, H.E. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, GCON and H.E. Namadi Sambo, GCON, Former Vice President, Former PDP Governors, Current and Former PDP Presiding/Principal Officers of the National Assembly, Party Leaders, Stakeholders, friends and well wishers.
“The programme will serve as an opportunity for PDP leaders, stakeholders and members to come together, since after the general election.”