Battle for the soul of Nigeria Governors’ Forum goes digital.
The battle for the control of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, has extended beyond cloning physical infrastructures, running into the digital world.
The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang’s faction of the forum has created a website to digitally support its claim to the forum.
Mr. Jang’s faction has- since losing elections to main faction- replicated the forum’s infrastructure, including, now, the website.
The Jang faction created the website on Thursday, May 30, following the opening of the faction’s physical office in Abuja.
Mr. Jang led 17 other governors out of the original Nigeria Governors’ Forum after an election that saw him lose by 16 to19 votes to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.
The governor, propped by Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, and with the believed backing of the Peoples Democratic Party and the presidency, rejected the result of the elections saying it was rigged in favour of Mr. Amaechi.
Relying on a pre-election agreement signed by 19 governors and a post election briefing attended by 18, Mr. Jang said he was convinced he should lead the entire forum. He also said that he had made up his mind to run for the office only hours before the election, after two other candidates pulled out.
Mr. Amaechi, however, claimed leadership of the forum based on the results of the secret ballot election where he trashed Mr. Jang by three votes.
The Jang faction’s website bears a great resemblance to the original website, carrying on the latter’s green theme. The contents also bear a striking resemblance. While the Jang faction’s website promotes his personality, the original forum’s website relied on old contents to create a little balance between contents branding Mr. Amaechi and actual activities of the entire forum.
The Jang faction website, however, relied on the original website for contents relating to policy and facts.
Both sites, similar in name [new: Nigeria Governors Forum dot org and Original: Ng Governors Forum dot org] share the same heading.
The Jang faction’s website lists members of the original forum, including Babatunde Fashola of Lagos – who is now suing Mr. Jang for usurping powers, and Rotimi Amaechi, winner of the last election – as its members.