Confusion as Jang of Plateau makes victory speech as Nigeria Governors Forum Chairman

Jonah Jang

18 governors attended Saturday’s meeting.

In a dramatic twist, the loser in the recently concluded Nigerian Governors Forum elections and Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, made a victory speech at an inaugural meeting of some governors, where he presided as chairman.

After the NGF election which was held on Friday, Asishana Okauru, the election returning officer, counted the votes and declared the Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, the winner. Mr. Amaechi scored 19 votes to Mr. Jang’s 16.

Governors loyal to the Plateau governor, led by Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, cried foul alleging that the election was rigged.

They vowed not to recognize the newly elected Chairman and announced that Mr. Jang will begin to perform as the NGF chairman with the Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, as the deputy.

Mr. Amaechi’s supporters waved the allegation as tantrums and held that they have proof that the election was free and fair with Mr. Amaechi gaining the majority of the votes.

Thirty five governors partook in the election and 35 votes were counted.

Mr. Jang, however, addressed the media on Saturday as the winner of the election and swore to serve and work in the interest of the forum and the nation.

He also signed a communiqué, along with the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Mimiko, as his deputy, stating his “commitment to continue being a platform for peer review, productive and collaborative engagement with all levels of governments.

The duo pledged to work with President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure peace in the country. They also said they will ensure that a befitting permanent secretariat is built outside any governor’s lodge.

Governor Gabriel of Benue; the Chairman of the South East governor’s forum, Peter Obi; and the Chairman of the South South Governors Forum, Liyel Imoke; all pledged allegiance to Governor Jang whom they said they unanimously adopt as their leader.

Governor Suswam described Governor Chibuike Amaechi victory as fraudulent.

Eighteen governors including the Governors of Plateau, Kogi, Benue, Enugu, Ebonyi, Bauchi, Abia, Ondo, Katsina, Kaduna, Delta, Anambra, Taraba, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa Gombe and Kwara States attended the inaugural meeting.


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  • Bala R

    WE ARE IN TROUBLE. ANYWAY THIS IS THE REWARD FOR ELECTING BANDITS AS RULERS.

  • we nogo die

    It only goes to prove that jang apart from losing the election, did not even plan for what is unfolding. Does it take 24 hours to accept victory and give a speech. Singh gave an acceptance speech before his election was officially announced in pakistan. Amaechi gave as soon as the result was announced on Friday. What was jang waiting for? Who can tell these people to stop dancing naked in the market square.
    if jang and his co travelers knew that election was to be done with signatures collection, why did they vote again? Why didn’t the announce jang as the winner as soon as they were done with signature collection.
    These area boy governors should stop disgracing their constituents and the nation. After all, their Baba don tell them for south Africa say e no send them,sogbo. Another obj.

  • lanre

    This is sad, Governors who are supposed to be fathers of their respective states are openly embarrasing themselves?it means the country is finished,no more leaders and mentors to look upon.shame on all of them, can’t they unanimously agree on a leader why disgrace the country and their exalted office? Shame on you JONAH JANG. Old man. Go and sit at home and take care of your grand children and great grand children. Agbaya

  • Lanre

    I have never bothered to comment on this Governor’s Forum election menene. But seeing the intrigues among 35 people to conduct simple elections, you begin to wonder. How can elections be conducted for millions? What is the recourse now for Amaechi and his group? The Courts? When elections fail and the people can no longer trust the system what happens next is anarchy. After anarchy, the brass hats attempt to impose order. Why is Nigeria like this, ruled by stinking individuals. When supposedly responsible individuals cannot carry themselves in a dignified manner. What is the next surprise to come from Nigeria? What a pity!

  • Jadesola Fakayode

    I am not concerned about jokers in the PDP Governors Forum and jokers
    like Gov Jona Jang, Akpabio etc. I am more concerned about President
    Jonathan’s online foot soldiers and the PDP disguised foot
    soldiers-especially the advocates of tribalism and ethnic republics. I
    am concerned about the afams/deris/mpitikwelus/concernednigeria/akpos1
    etc of this world of FORWARD TO REPUBLIC OF SS AND SE FAME. They based
    their campaign on this tribalistic slogans and OUR OIL. But I have a
    question: With the POLITRICKS in the PDP Gov’s forum and how do they feel now? With Akpabio(SOUTH-SOUTH)/Mimiko(WEST)/Jang(Middle Belt on one hand against Amaech(South South)/Abdulaziz Yari(North)- where is “My Oil” politics? Where is Forward on the Republic of SS and SE? Where is the alliance of “SOUTH” according to Asari Dokubo against the “NORTH”? Where is the desired alliance of southern terrorists such as MEND/asari dokubo terrorists/creek terrorists/OPC against Northern Terrorists such as Boko Haram? I dey laf ooooo!!! I just dey laugh oooooo!!!

  • damsel

    Hahahaha! Area Boys!

  • dassault

    My dear governor is embarrassing me. Does he realize what he’s doing is un democratic? I am sure he, shema and yuguda voted amechi

  • Austin Abraham

    Is it not instructive that governor Jang was choosen for this so shameful presidency hachet job?it is most unfortunate a man who is old enough to be a great grand father,will allow himself to be used by rascals like governor Godswill Akpabio&his cohorts who he is old enough to father,now we can begin to understand why platue has known no peace since his ascendacy as governor of the state,for the opposition politcal parties,I hope they are watching with keen intrest with 2015 in mind?

  • Ette

    Jang has disgraced his children, his congregation, his subjects in Plateau state by this agbero behaviour. PDP is indeed evil in all its ramifications and as clearly disclosed by Azazi who was sacked and killed and others who know their stock in trade, PDP is the root cause of all the crises in the country. They have brought another dimension of crises by rejecting a free and fair election result and criminally declaring the defeated candidate a winner with the intention of making the body ungovernable. This is the most unpatrotic behaviour exhibited and is setting the stage for future elections. PDP must be rejected by Nigerians as everything about it is evil.

  • Okon

    35 CEOs of Nigeria’s 36 states cannot organize a free and fair election….and you tell me Nigeria will be better with this crop of leaders…….I just dey laugh……..

  • Okon

    AKPABIO UNCOMMON TRANSFORMER DISPLAYING AT THE NATIONAL STAGE WHAT HE HAS BEEN DOING IN AKWA IBOM………….SHAMELESS ROGUES PARADING AS GOVERNORS. I CAN NOW SEE WHY WOLE SOYINKA BEFORE THEIR VERY EYES TOLD THEM A LOT DO NOT DESERVE TO EVEN GO NEAR THE SEAT OF GOVERNOR……

  • Abdu Maikano

    Rubbish! Rubbish!! Rubbish!!!
    Who are these blood sucking vampires fighting for,themselves or the people?

  • Ardo Abdullah Hazzad

    They are JOKERS

  • Nigeria Masses

    Nigeria Gangsters Forum,
    What do you espect bunch of gangsters comming together to form a blood sucking of innocent people, causing confusion in the land. it will be their turn to loose, they are loosing the grip every day until they will loose wholly then ordinary Nigerian will have his freedom.
    We pray God to continue intervening untill we wake up to see that day..