Nigeria Governors Forum is undivided and I am the only Chairman, Jang claims

Jonah Jang
Jonah Jang

The Plateau State Governor said this on Friday.

The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, has declared that the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) is not divided and he remains its chairman.

Mr. Jang said this to journalists after a meeting of his faction of the NGF and President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday in Abuja

The Plateau Governor had lost the chairmanship election to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers by 19 votes to 16. He, however, refused to accept the result and instead proclaimed himself governor.

“Let me tell you there is no any factionalisation of the NGF, NGF is one and I am the chairman,” Mr. Jang claimed.

He said his faction of governors had come to meet with the President to consult on issues concerning the country as well as to congratulate him on his achievements in his second year of office.

“You know the security problem in the country and what we need to do in the coming two years to ensure that democracy is stabilized and development continues in the country,” he said.

Other Governors at the meeting were those of Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Bayelsa, Abia, Anambra, Kaduna, Delta, Gombe, Kogi, Katsina and the Deputy Governor of Benue.

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Anenih, had Thursday night, during a PDP family dinner at the Presidential Villa, urged the NGF to settle its differences adding that the party will not condone such embarrassment.

“As party leaders, we must commit ourselves to repositioning the party. It is an embarrassment what is happening in the Nigeria Governors Forum. It is an embarrassing situation which must be urgently addressed. The leadership of the party will not tolerate a situation where it will preside over a divided house,” Mr. Anenih said.

Mr. Jang’s faction of governors has also opened a parallel secretariat in Abuja. He is believed to have the support of the presidency and the leadership of the party while Mr. Amaechi has already been suspended by the PDP.

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