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.