Pro-Jonathan Govs Split NGF, Name Jang Chairman

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Still struggling to come to terms with the reality of the defeat of their candidate by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, aggrieved governors Saturday distanced themselves from his victory, claiming that he ceased to be their leader on Friday when his tenure ended.

The splinter NGF, led by Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, presented Governor Jonah Jang as the new Chairman of the NGF.

They also announced plans to set up a different secretariat for their meetings so as to disconnect from the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, which had been serving as their meeting point in the past two years.

Eighteen governors, who are sympathetic to President Jonathan and his anointed candidate, Jang, converged on the Benue State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro and tried to discredit the electoral process that threw up Amaechi.

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The governors who are opposed to Amaechi’s victory are: Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Idris Wada of Kogi, Gabriel Suswam of Benue, Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Martin Elechi of Ebonyi, Theodore Orji of Abia, Peter Obi of Anambra and Isa Yuguda of Bauchi.

others are: Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina, Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna, Garba Umar of Taraba, Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Liyel Imoke of Cross River, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and Gombe Deputy Governor, Thaanod Rubainu.

The governors, who met behind closed doors for about two hours, later issued a communique, saying that they stood by the endorsement of 19 governors, who had earlier pledged their support for the candidature of the consensus candidate to be chosen by them and not Amaechi.

Governor Mimiko, who described himself as the Vice Chairman of the Jang-led NGF, read the six-paragraph communique issued and jointly endorsed by the faction.

“The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, under the new leadership of Governor Jonah Jang, as Chairman and Governor Olusegun Mimiko as the Vice Chairman, at the inaugural meeting held today, Saturday, May 25, 2013, resolved as follows:

“The new chairman of the NGF thanks Northern Governors’ Forum, the PDP Governors’ Forum and all the governors for the support and confidence reposed in him and vowed to work for the interest of the forum and country.

“The chairman of the NGF Governor Jonah Jang vows to unite members of the forum, work for the interest of the forum and the country.

“The forum re-states its commitment to continue being a platform for peer review, productive and collaborative engagement with all levels of government.

“The forum also resolves to continue to encourage and collaborate with Mr. President to restore peace and security in the country.” [Vanguard]

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7 Comments

  • These disgruntled governors are funny. The election was conducted in their presence and theye participated in the process that produced the result without complaining. Now that the result is known, they are crying wolf. Is it because they could not rig the NGF election, as they did the Governorship and other elections in their states? They should bow their heads in shame. Shameless governors. Running to Anenih, who could not secure his own ward in the Governorship election in Edo State will not help you.

  • Why did you keep referring to Jang as the new NGF chairman. Did you put up this article to manipulate readers? Pls watch what you post or else you lose well meaning Nigerians that read your posts

  • You guys are great to stand by Mr President & dump those rascals making utterances that they won the elections,congratulations to your chairman Governor Jonah Jang,God bless you all.

  • This is why most people will end up in hell becos they found it difficult to say or agree with the truth.Now let me ask.Is Amaechi not the winner?

  • For i know that nobody can cheat Akpabio a cheater that cheats and kill during his campaign and election.why coming to say they were rub.i know even if they survived in their plans to remove amaechi he will not go to akpabio to beg for food.Amaechi has been blessed if u like kill urself or not u can’t bring him down

  • U governors made mistake from d begining to allow Amaechi supervise over his own election as electoral committee. Anyway, is not too late, 19 out of 36 stil wins d election. Stand firm, Jang is d chairman.

  • You governors made mistake from d begining to allow Amaechi supervise over his own election as electoral committee. Anyway, is not too late, 19 out of 36 stil wins d election. Stand firm, Jang is d chairman.

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