Former governors who served under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday lamented the relegation they suffer at the hands of their successors in the affairs of the party in the state.
They, therefore, moved to form a forum of former governors and former deputy governors.
The former governors and deputies of PDP disclosed their decision to the national leadership of the party when they met with the national chairman of the PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Some of the governors present were Babangida Mu’azu; Ramalan Yero; Gabriel Suswam; Ikedi Ohakim; Sam Egwu; Abdulkadir Kure; Capt. Idris Wada; Achike Udenwa; Ibrahim Shekarau; Gbenga Daniels; Effiong Cobhams; Sen Theodore Orji; Sule Lamido. Deputy governors of Iyiola Omisore; Micheal Abdul; Etuk Effiong.
Some who were President Goodluck Jonathan, Nnamadi Sambo; Peter Odili, Sen. Godswill Akpabio; Donald Duke; Sullivan Chime; Liyel Imoke; Murtahar Shagari.
Sheriff, had earlier described the former governors and their deputies as stakeholders in the party and by right leaders to their people.
He said “as a former governor I know what a governor goes through to win elections. You are the leaders of the party. Current governor are also leaders too.”
He added “former governors must be carried along. They must be involved in all affairs of the party so that we can get it right.”
He advocated that if PDP must return to what it was in 1999 where it dominated the political scene “we have to go back to the drawing board.”
“We have to build the PDP to the level of 1999 when the party formed government, all stakeholders must be involved in the affairs of the party.”