PDP Govs Condemn Rivers, A’Ibom Election Tribunals Relocation

The wounded opposition () may have fought back to theatrically gain control of the National Assembly from behind, but that does not qualify one to say that they are back in the game; lawmaking is just one of the arms of government in .

However, with the National Assembly battle out of the way, the party has now turned her attention to states where contentious issues, over the legitimacy of her governors credibly winning their elections for which they were sworn in, still linger.

But, unlike in the National Assembly where the PDP demonstrated its strength, the party is relatively weak in the states where cases still linger against her governors. It is, therefore, not surprising when The Punch reported on Wednesday that party was strongly condemning the relocation of election tribunals in and Akwa-Ibom states. Below is the rest of the report from The Punch.

The Peoples Democratic Party governors have expressed displeasure over the relocation of the , Rivers and Akwa Ibom states’ election petitions tribunals to Abuja.

The governors said this at the meeting of the ’ Forum, which held in Abuja on Tuesday night.

Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting that started at 9:30pm on Tuesday, governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, said his colleagues were not happy about the relocation of the tribunals.

“We condemn in very strong terms the relocation of election tribunals in Rivers State, Taraba State and Akwa Ibom State to Abuja,” Ikpeazu said.

The governors said they were delighted at the way former Goodluck Jonathan accepted the outcome of the April 11 election and congratulated President Muhammadu on his election.

Ikpeazu said, “We congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his election as the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“We also commend and salute our former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, for his display of peaceful disposition in the 2015 general elections, which has stabilised our political landscape.

“We equally congratulate Senator Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara and Suleiman Lasun on their emergence as the senate president, the speaker, House of Representatives and the deputy speaker respectively.

“We specially congratulate our own Senator Ike Ekweremadu on his emergence as the deputy senate president.”

The , , who also spoke to journalists, said, “We will do everything that we can do to engage the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress in a very constructive manner. We have also agreed to create formal and informal mechanisms of peer review, all for the development of our nation.”

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