Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has assumed the position of Chairman of the Governors’ Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has been appointed as the Vice Chairman. The appointments took place during a retreat for elected PDP officials held at the Banquet Hall, Government House in Bauchi State on Saturday.
Governor Mohammed took over the position from Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, who was also present at the one-day event. Umar Damagum, the acting National Chairman of the PDP, emphasized the importance of unity among party members in order to maintain their relevance as an opposition party during his opening remarks at the retreat.
During the event, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar criticized President Bola Tinubu’s decision to remove fuel subsidy without providing alternative measures, referring to it as a hasty policy. Atiku Abubakar highlighted the PDP’s previous approach to subsidy removal, which involved gradual implementation with accompanying support for those most affected. He emphasized the need for discussions with sectors affected by the subsidy removal and urged Nigerians to appreciate the temporary losses they have experienced.