Metro Edo 2016: 5 South-South PDP Governors Meet To Discuss How To Flush APC Out



Governors of the five Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-controlled states in the South-south geopolitical zone met yesterday in Asaba to strategise on the election.

ThisDay newspaper gathered that the main agenda of the meeting was to fashion out a way of wresting power in the only state in the zone currently under the control of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the September 10 Edo State governorship election.

Other national issues of concern, particularly rising militancy in the region, were also discussed at the forum.

In attendance at yesterday’s meeting at Government House, Asaba, the Delta State capital, were the host, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Ben Ayade of Cross River and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa.


Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting held behind closed doors, Okowa stated that the forum was for the South-south PDP governors, saying that the governors brainstormed on several burning national issues, aside the state of the party, particularly in the South-south zone.

Okowa said: “We had a very useful meeting and it is the first time we have had this kind of meeting since we were sworn-in. We also discussed issues bordering on the PDP in Edo State, one of sister states. By the grace of God, we are putting our house in order to win the Edo (governorship) election.”

He admitted that the governorship election in Edo State was of importance to the five PDP governors, but said the forum was keeping its cards close to its chest on their strategy to win the state.