2015 presidential election is cause of Nigeria Governors Forum crisis- Jonah Jang

Jonah Jang

Jang, despite having lost Friday’s Nigeria Governors Forum elections, has assumed chairmanship role of the forum.

The race for the 2015 presidential election is the reason the Nigeria Governors Forum is currently experiencing crisis, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau has said.

Mr. Jang blamed the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors Forum on the presidential ambition of some of the state governors.

The Plateau Governor lost Friday’s election to become chairman of the forum to incumbent chairman, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, by 19 votes no 16 with only the Yobe State Governor absent. But by Saturday, the Plateau Governor, dissatisfied with the results, referred to himself as the Chairman of the Governors Forum.

Addressing newsmen on Saturday shortly after his arrival from Abuja, Mr. Jang said some of the governors who wanted to be the President in 2015, were the cause of the confusion currently bedeviling the forum.

“The crisis in the governors’ forum is simply as a result of 2015 elections; some governors want to contest the presidential election but only God knows who will be the President,” he said.

Despite losing the election, yet claiming the office, Mr. Jang called for unity among the governors, pledging to lead the forum “with the fear of God”.

“As chairman of the forum, I will work with all members, particularly the former Chairman, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi; I wish to appeal to him to fully support me just like I supported him during his tenure,” he said.

Mr. Jang described his election “as the will of God”, saying that God’s plans would always prevail over the thoughts and schemes of man.

“I have never aspired to be the chairman of the forum; I never put my name forward to contest for the position of the forum. All I did was to ask God for His will to prevail,” he said.

He promised to unite the governors, irrespective of their party affiliation, religious background and other considerations, stressing that such unity was crucial in efforts to achieve a stable and prosperous Nigeria.

Mr. Jang also promised to continue to encourage and collaborate with President Goodluck Jonathan in efforts to restore peace and security in the country.

The Plateau Governor is believed to have been the candidate of President Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who were both reportedly opposed to the re-election of Mr. Amaechi, also a member of the PDP.


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  • tolu

    old fool, at 75 you are licking ur son shit bc of efcc


      The All Progressives Congress has said its governors supported Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum to disgrace President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party.

      The spokesmen for the APC told SUNDAY PUNCH that the merger of major opposition parties was to oppose the interests of the PDP and the President in the NGF election, the way opposition did during the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

      The National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said the opposition parties were out to oppose any attempt by Jonathan to act as an authoritarian.

      He said, “If you look at the actions of the progressives, you will notice that we have been consistent for quite some time. If you will recall that at the election of the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, the PDP had already zoned the position to the South-West, because they had nominated Mulikat Akande-Adeola, who is now the Majority Leader. But because of the cooperation of the lawmakers from the progressive parties, Tambuwal got the position.

  • Nina pipkin

    Go and look at the mirror i assure you , you will see the face of a fool and son of a bastard

  • almajiri

    repent for naming or calling God on your ungodliness. you will remain a fool even after death. you divided a state based on religion, ethnicity and even dialect, yet you want to govern 36 solid state governors. Yeye daft

  • Dankasa

    May Almighty Allah help us.

  • Just how easy we find it to bring God into everything in this country is amazing. Were we still in the Old Testament people like Jang would have been struck instantly by God. At his age Jang does not know the meaning of shame. Pity!

  • Bala R



    Let Governor Amaechi convene a meeting of the Governor’s Forum and let us see if those who are secretly supporting him will be man enough to show up. Who says “face no de fear face?” It
    is said that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands. Can Gov.
    Amaechi tolerate the kind of confrontation he is having with President
    Jonathan from any of his L.G. Council Chairmen? The answer is no! See
    how he suspended the chairman and Councillors of Obio/ Okpo LG. And now
    to the election in the Governors Forum. We all hail the 1993 election
    which Abiola is said to have won as the most credible in Nigeria because
    of the adoption of option A4. There are only 36 state governors in
    Nigeria, a number that is very manageable so that the open/ direct
    voting through raising of hands or queuing behind ones preferred
    candidate ought to be the best option. That is the basis for my
    suggestion that Amaechi should convene a meeting lets see how many
    governors will attend. And from there, we will know who actually is
    choice of a majority of the Governors. ACN and CPC should stop deceiving
    Nigerians, and now that PDP has suspended Amaechi, let him join them.
    He wants to eat his cake and still have it and the PDP is saying no. Let
    him join APC so that PDP can have peace. We should start playing
    principled politics. Scheming and intrigues are tools to achieve and the
    means should not always justify the end. If we must address a Governor
    as “His Excellency”, then he should have the decency to say whatever he
    believes whether in secret or open.

  • Abuhanifah

    A display of shamelessness. “The Fear of God” indeed. Let’s see if you and your cohorts can play God. How easy we forget our yesterday?

  • ere

    Thank u for seaking truth to power-jang was nominated by Aliyu who betrayed him-that is the fulani north for you. They killed abiola now this

  • armrod

    Kwankwaso was the person that claimed that he nominated Jang and got Suswan to support his motion.How did Kwankwaso’s nominee became the candidate of Jonathan?
    Kwankwaso boasted that he nominated Jang and later betrayed him by getting other members to vote against him that led to his failure to prove that he is a master political wizard.
    The idea to nominate Jang was because Jang was considered to be weak and can’t stand Amaechi. But UNFORTUNATELY Jang is holding tight the mandate given to him by PDP governors and northern governors. Probably because they consider Jang to be weak none of them envisage that Jang can be so strong to hold unto the chairmanship. How can they view a former military man and a former member of NADECO a weakling? How can they nominate Jang with an evil plan to rubbish him, who can take that? I am sure none of them bargained what they are getting from Jang now.
    Kwankwaso and his criminal gang of 9 have lost in PDP, Jonathan gave them upper cut through the formation of PDP governors forum who are now loyal to him. During PDP NEC meeting these gang of 9 could not muster the courage to move for the sack of Turku. After Jonathan addressed the NEC, Turku was allowed to continue and vote of confidence was passed on Jonathan.So what else do Jonathan want being in firm grip of PDP machinery?
    These gang of 9 can’t contest PDP ticket with Jonathan and can get it from APC so why all these gra gra.
    Wammako lost election in sokoto but was rigged. It was Jonathan that saved him through former CJN Kasinalu that later led for the sack of Ayo Salami. Kwankwaso could not come back after his first tenure in 2003 and was compensated by OBJ as defense minister, when did both Wammako and Kwankwaso became colossus?