By Sadiq Umar, Abuja.
The governor of Ondo state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has been elected Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum.
Mimiko who until now was the deputy Chairman of the forum was also the deputy Chairman of the David Jang’s faction of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF).
He has now succeeded immediate past Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, as PDP’s Governors’ Forum.
Election of Mimiko was one of the high points of the PDP Governors meeting which started Tuesday in Abuja.
With his emergence,the PDP is set to offer more robust opposition to the ruling All Progressive Congress at the centre.
Mimiko, once a member of the PDP, but was elected Governor in 2007 under the platform of another opposition, the Labour Party (LP).
A close-ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Mimiko left LP last year and returned to the PDP.
The Governor was the South West Coordinator of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization during the last general elections.
While fielding questions from journalists after his election, Mimiko promised his regime would do everything to engage in a very constructive manner, the current administration, as well as “create formal and informal mechanisms of pair review” for development of the country.
The PDP Governors at the meeting condemned the relocation of the Akwa Ibom; Taraba and Rivers States lower Elections Petition Tribunals to Abuja, demanding that they be returned to their respective States.