It would seem the crisis within the Nigerian Governors Forum is not yet over as the faction loyal to outgoing Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau has denied any reconciliation with the Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State led Forum.
The Governors forum which held on Tuesday with over 20 governors in attendance, saw the emergence of the Governor of Zamfara State, Abdualziz Yari, as the new chairman of the forum.
However, in a statement released on Wednesday and signed by the Secretary and Administrator of the Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, saw the Jang faction stating that any such reconciliation attempt was futile due to the fact that majority of the governors would be relieved of their duties as governors in a matter of days so therefore, should leave issues of reconciliation, reorganization and a new Chairman to the incoming governors.
Gov. Jonah Jang had the backing of a few governors such as Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi and Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta attended Tuesday’s meeting which held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja.
Mr. Onaiwu’s statement said the purported reconciliation was a selfish attempt by a “group of governors to force new leadership of the forum on the in-coming governors”.
The Governor of Bayesa state, Seriake Dickson, who also stayed away from Tuesday’s meeting had earlier issued a statement expressing his rejection of the selection of a new chairman for the NGF.
He said election of new leadership should wait until after new governors elected on April 11 are sworn in on May 29.
The Jang faction noted in their statement that both Mr. Jang and his Deputy, Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state “were visibly absent because they did not consider it a priority at this late hour to be part of a selfish project”.