Abuja - The deadlock over the leadership of the National Governors' Forum (NGF) took another twist this week after chairman Rotimi Amaechi declared a meeting by rival Jonah Jang as invalid.
Both men have claimed the chairmanship of NGF following a controversial election in May when Amaechi was officially elected to the position.
The result and subsequent problems culminated in his suspension from the ruling People's Democratic Party.
“Weekend reports in the media credited to my brother governor, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State announced that he has called for a NGF meeting."
"Ordinarily, I would have ignored these reports as I do not imagine that as governors who hold our people’s mandate through the democratic process of free and fair elections, we would do anything to tarnish our integrity,” Amaechi said.
Amaechi went on to add that he had been elected by his colleagues to safeguard their integrity and that of the forum and thus it has become imperative for him to request Governor Jang to remain within the confines of decorum and cease to impersonate him and to stop parading himself as NGF chairman.
He said only the meeting scheduled for Monday with President Goodluck Jonathan was valid.
Amaechi was confident the deadlock would be resolved.
“I wish to reassure fellow governors that this storm shall pass and we all will be reunited as one family committed to our nation’s unity and supporting the President in his vision for a Nigeria that safeguards the rights of all its citizens to good governance and democratic norms."
"Governor Jang is my brother and friend and I harbour 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," he said.
- CAJ News