Governor of Rivers State, Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has dismissed the purported meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, called by his Plateau State counterpart, Da Jonah Jang reminding him that there is only one chairman of the Forum who was duly elected by a vote tally of 19 to 16.
In a press statement personally signed by Governor Amaechi, he noted that “On Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16, reports in the media credited to my brother governor, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State announced that he has called for a Nigeria Governors’ Forum meeting.”
According to him, he would have ignored the reports because he did not imagine that any of the governors who were elected through a democratic process of free and fair elections would do anything to impugn the integrity of the NGF.
But, as chairman of the NGF elected by his colleagues, Amaechi said he had to safeguard their integrity hence his request to Governor Jang, whom he called ‘my brother’ to “remain within the confines of decorum and cease to impersonate me and to stop parading himself as NGF chairman. There is only one chairman of the forum, duly elected by a vote tally of 19:16 on Thursday, May 23, 2013” he stressed.
Adding, “For the avoidance of doubt, I as chairman of the NGF have not called for any Governors’ Forum meeting for Monday, June 16, 2013. The only meeting scheduled for Monday June 16, is a meeting of all Governors with His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan scheduled to hold at 9pm at Aso Rock Villa. All governors should please ensure attendance at this meeting with Mr. President.
“I wish to reassure my brother governors that this storm shall pass and we all will be reunited as one family committed to our nation’s unity and supporting Mr. President in his vision for a Nigeria that safeguards the rights of all its citizens to good governance and democratic norms.”
Amaechi maintained that “Governor Jang is my brother and friend and I harbor no ill feelings against him, but it is important that he stops this impersonation, as it could threaten all the good work we all have done together.
“May I remind Governor Jang that there is a legal action that has been instituted against him by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State from parading himself as the chairman of NGF. As leaders elected by our people, Nigerians are closely watching us. We must comport our selves according to the dictates and principles of democratic and lawful practices and norms,” he said.