The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has appointed Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, as Chairmen of the two new committees the forum set up on Saturday.

The committees are Legislative Liaison Committee and Legal Affairs Committee.

The appointments were announced by the forum during its virtual meeting presided over by the Chairman, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State.

The meeting, according to the forum, deliberated on various issues concerning the Forum and the nation.

The forum said the Legislative Liaison Committee is expected to liaise with both the national and state legislatures on legislative matters.

It added that committee is also expected to guide the Forum on pending Bills, including the Electoral Act Amendment and Constitution Review matters as it affects the Forum.

Members of the Committee are as follows:
Sen. Bala Mohammed – Chairman
Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa – Member
Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi – Member
Gov. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel – Member
Sen. Duoye Diri – Member

While the Legal Affairs Committee, on the other hand, is expected to identify and coordinate legal matters affecting the Forum.

In particular, the Committee is expected to guide the Forum on local government, inter-state and federal government relations. It is also expected to explore various infractions of the Constitution by the Federal Government including the arbitrary and illegal deductions from the Federation Account.

Members of the Committee are as follows:
Gov. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike – Chairman
Gov. Darius Ishaku – Member
Gov. Seyi Makinde – Member
Gov. Samuel Ioraer Ortom – Member
Hon. Bello Mattawale Maradun – Member

The Director General of the Forum, C.I.D. Maduabum will serve as the Secretary to the two Committees.

The forum encouraged all Nigerians to continue various efforts to contain the COVID-19 disease; and, lend support to the cooperative efforts between the States and Federal governments in the fight against the pandemic and in reopening of schools in a safe and responsible manner.

The Forum also welcomed formally the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and congratulated him on his emergence as the leader of the PDP in the state and the party’s candidate in the forthcoming September Gubernatorial election.

Furthermore, it resolved to lend its complete and total support to the PDP in Edo State in order for it to emerge victorious in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

It also congratulated Eyitayo Jegede, on his emergence as the flag bearer of PDP in the forthcoming October Gubernatorial election in Ondo State and resolved to support him and the party to recover Ondo State for the PDP in the election.

It enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari, INEC and security agencies to “play an impartial role in the elections in Edo and Ondo States.”

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