26 governors loyal to the Chibuike Amaechi led Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF yesterday, for the third time in a matter of months, shunned the meeting summoned by the Jonah Jang faction of the forum.
Sunday’s meeting called at the new secretariat of Jang led NGF at 2 Nana Close, off Erie Crescent, Nile Street, Maitama, Abuja, followed the June 17 meeting which attracted 18 state governors. Ten governors, Martin Elechi of Ebonyi; Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta; Gabriel Suswam of Benue; Godswill Akpabio of AkwaIbom; Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo; Ibrahim Shema of Katsina; Jonah Jang of Plateau; Theordore Orji of Abia; Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and Acting governor of Taraba, Garba Umar, were in attendance just like five deputy governors, Yomi Awoniyi, Kogi; Nuhu Bajoga Audu, Kaduna; Efiok Cobham, Cross River; Anambra state deputy and that of Gombe. Governors Sullivan Chime of Enugu State and Isa Yuguda of Bauchi who belong to this faction were absent.
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State told journalists that the meeting was called to find a way of reconciling both factions to enable them continue to work in the interest of Nigerians. In his words “We believe in bringing all the governors back to the fold so that we will continue to impact positively on Nigerians.”
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Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Shema, also revealed that the meeting would also deliberate on the ongoing constitutional review, just as Gabriel Suswam of Benue said the issue of strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities was also slated for discussion.
Governor Jonah Jang had earlier invited the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Rivers State governor, Chibuike Amaechi for the meeting, but Amaechi issued a terse statement, condemning Jang and asked that governors stay away from the meeting. His statement may be the reason the following, calitown.com can reveal, stayed away : Babatunde Raji Fashola (Lagos State), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo State), Aliyu Babangida (Niger State), Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State), Umaru Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun State), Rochas Okorocha of Imo, among others.
It will be recalled that the NGF has been polarised since May after an election where Amaechi scored 19 votes to defeat Jang of Plateau State who polled 16 votes.
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