How Amaechi Was Re-elected – Election Returning Officer, Okauru

Asishana Okauru, Director General, Nigeria Governors' Forum

Gov. Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers on Friday in Abuja re-emerged Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in a fair and transparent election, the returning officer in the election, Asishana Okauru, has said.

Mr. Okauru, who is also the Director-General of the forum’s secretariat, said the election was free and fair and that votes were counted in the open.

Mr. Okauru said “Amaechi won the transparent election with 19 votes while Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau, who contested the position with him, got 16 votes.

“I  served as Returning Officer and after counting the votes cast by all governors here, except that of Yobe, the forum`s incumbent Chairman, Gov. Amaechi of Rivers emerged winner.

“He got 19 votes against Gov Jonah Jang of Plateau who got 16 votes,’’ Mr. Okauru said.

He added that Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo and his Zamfara counterpart, Abdulazeez Yari, contested the Vice Chairmanship position of the forum.

Mr. Mimiko, he said, withdrew from the contest shortly before the commencement of voting and yielded his position to his Zamfara state counterpart, who now returned unopposed.

However, those in the camp of Gov. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom protested the reemergence of Amaechi as the forum`s chairman.

Mr. Akpabio, who is the Chairman of the Peoples` Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDPGF), said the result of the election was not valid.

He held that 18 governors had endorsed Jang as their candidate and wondered how Amaechi could have won the election.

He posited that Amaechi was not supposed to have presided over the election, adding that he should have stepped down before the election.

Mr. Akpabio maintained that his camp would only recognise Jang as the NGF’s chairman while Mimiko of Ondo would serve as its vice chairman.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that governors of Kogi, Bauchi, Delta, Enugu, Plateau, Cross River, Anambra and Ebonyi, among others, were at Akpabio’s briefing.

The NGF had so far had five governors as chairmen since inception.

Its pioneer chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, then the governor of Nasarawa State, held the position from 1999 to 2004.

Victor Attah, then governor of Akwa Ibom, succeeded him and was there for two years from 2004 to 2006 when the then governor of Edo, Lucky Igbinedion, replaced him.

Whereas Mr. Igbinedion was in office until 2007, his successor, Bukola Saraki, then governor of Kwara, led the forum from 2007 to 2011.

The exit of Mr. Saraki from the Forum paved the way for the election of the current chairman, Mr. Amaechi, since 2011.

Under its first three chairmen, Messrs Adamu, Attah and Igbinedion, the forum was largely regarded as a platform where the governors came together to rub minds and relax.

However, under Mr. Saraki, it began to take on more serious issues. The forum helped the governors to win a share of the Excess Crude Account.

The NGF is an umbrella body of the 36 governors in the federation irrespective of party affiliation.


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  • Semaking

    Those Gofnos who were nt hapi abot a tranparent NGF election shud check demseves nd hw dey too came into power,bcos U can’t eat ur cake nd av it.

  • Sunday Adeleye

    Evidence of what is going to happen in 2015.

  • Marshal

    He (Akpabio) posited that Amaechi was not supposed to have presided over the election, adding that he should have stepped down before the election.

    How I wish he will say same to Oga at the top when 2015 election comes. By that Nigerian would have seen the best election results ever. May GOD continue to pay them in their coins.

  • Ajiboye Kayode

    Oga Akpabio, it is too late to make that comment now, u were there when he was presiding over the Election but u kept quiet. Now the Man has won so Let Peace rain. Just 4get about ur selfish Intrest and Order frm Above sir

  • Afoh

    Akpabio and his cohorts are only showing their true sycophant colour. They forced some governors to sign commitment and in the euphoria of that wicked intimidation went happily to take part in the election and they wise governors voted their conscience by choosing merit and performance. This is triumph of truth over formidable falsehood ands intimidation. Akpabio and his cohorts whose conscience is dead could openly deny taking part in the election and foolishly brandishing signed paper as evidence of victory to unfortunate Jang. Someone should ask him if the signed paper was the number of votes, whe. Has signed paper used in determining election victory. He should resign for disgracing Nigerians before international community. Mr fix it has failed again after he had been banished from Edo State. Shameless PDP must be shown the way out come 2015. God bless Nigeria.

  • Omo Akin

    As an indigene of Ondo State, I am appalled by the reports regarding Mimiko. So Mimiko has joined such clown like Akpabio in fostering the idea that the President is god and all must worship him and woe betide whosoever think differently. If Mimiko withdrew his nomination before the election and Akpabio is now declaring him (Mimiko) as the vice-chairman, and Mimiko joined that theater of absurdity, then Mimiko may not be that smart after all. What did Mimiko learn about how he became governor against the dictate of Obasanjo? So Mimiko is joining forces with a despotic President who had grounded an air plane of a State in order to cripple Amaechi (and all other sickening acts of lawlessness of the Federal govt agents in Rivers State). Mimiko will surely be a loser because he has joined the losers.
    If ACN had allowed Ondo State people to choose their flag bearer during the last election in Ondo State, Mimiko would not have retained the governorship and we would not have been in this situation now.
    The struggle continues.
    God Bless Nigeria, God Bless Ondo State.

  • Iheanyi Arisa

    what these GOVERNOR’S are doing now, is an evidence of how unfair they are. An Igbo saying ” when ever evil act last for a year, it becomes a tradition”, this is showing how most of you governor got their seat. VERY SHAMEFUL