Govs uphold Amaechi’s election as NGF chairman


The crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors Forum was on Monday night resolved following the adoption of Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as the Chairman of the forum.

Amaechi had won the last NGF election with 19 votes to defeat his main challenger, Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang, who had 16 votes.

The forum was thrown into crisis when the 16 mainly Peoples Democratic Party governors rejected the outcome of the election and went on to form a faction of the NGF.

It was learnt that Monday’s meeting, which was brokered by some of the outgoing governors, succeeded in getting the two sides together to arrive at a truce.

Signs that the meeting would succeed showed up early, as Jang, the factional chairman, was said to have sent an apology over his inability to attend the meeting, fueling speculations that he would not object to decisions reached at the meeting.

It was gathered that a yet to be named governor moved that the forum should agree that Amaechi won the 2013 election and this move was unanimously adopted before the meeting proper proceeded.
At this point, the governor of Bauchi State, Mallam Isa Yuguda, excused himself from the meeting and left.

Source: The Punch