The PDP Governors’ Forum, presided over by His Excellency Governor Bala Mohammed, CON, convened a crucial gathering at the Oyo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja on October 31, 2023. The forum engaged in extensive discussions on matters of paramount importance to the forum, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the nation at large, culminating in the following resolutions:
Supreme Court Verdict and Judicial Confidence
The forum took cognizance of the recent judgment rendered by the Supreme Court about the 2023 Presidential Election. It acknowledged that this verdict marks the conclusion of the presidential election cycle and underscores the imperative of ending prolonged litigation.
The PDP Governors’ Forum, demonstrating unwavering confidence in the nation’s judiciary to dispense justice in political and legal matters, expressed its concerns over the apparent inconsistency in the application of legal principles.
Specifically, it noted that while the Supreme Court has established precedents on pre-election issues, PDP candidates in Plateau State have faced disqualification on similar grounds. The forum urged the apex judiciary to safeguard the integrity of legal jurisprudence and ensure its coherence. It reiterated its steadfast commitment to the promotion of democracy and good governance in Nigeria.
Repositioning the PDP
The forum pledged to rejuvenate and fortify the PDP as a potent opposition political party, dedicated to fulfilling its role as the vanguard for the Nigerian people in the pursuit of democracy, good governance, and accountability.
Resolution of Rivers State Crisis
The PDP Governors expressed deep concern over the recent developments in Rivers State and welcomed the intervention of the President to quell the crises. The forum fervently appealed to all parties involved in the Rivers State discord to lay down their arms and engage in peaceful avenues for conflict resolution. Furthermore, it extended its platform as a constructive means for the swift and equitable resolution of the issues at hand.
Economic Stabilization and Naira Management
Concerning the national economy, the forum issued an urgent call for the Federal Government to take patriotic measures to stabilize the Naira, counteract inflation, address the escalating unemployment predicament, and provide relief to the citizens of Nigeria.
Acknowledgment and Gratitude
The PDP Governors extended their felicitations to the host, His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde, commending him for his warm hospitality in hosting this pivotal meeting.