Stop “jang-ing” about NGF chairmanship, Oshiomhole tells Plateau Governor, Jang

The Edo state governor said his colleague is a usurper.

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has criticized his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang, for “parading” himself as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum with a spiteful rebuke to stop “janging” about the position.

Mr. Oshiomhole spoke on Thursday at the ninth Triennial Delegates Conference of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Abuja, where he berated labour leaders for failing to publicly condemn the controversy that has trailed the election.

“When the facts are so clear, Comrade President of TUC, you can’t be quiet. You must take a position, if you believe from all that you have heard and seen. If you believe that Jang won, say so. And if you know that he did not, tell him to stop Janging,” Mr. Oshiomhole said, referring to the president of the Trade Union Congress, Peter Esele.

Mr. Jang has claimed he won the controversial election in which he contested against River State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi. Mr. Amaechi was declared the winner after securing 19 votes to beat the Plateau governor, who scored 16.

Backed by governors loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Jang has since rejected the result and claims to be the forum’s chairman.

Governors on the Amaechi team, including Mr. Oshiomhole, accuse Mr. Jang of parading himself falsely as the forum’s chairman.

Giving details of the election on Thursday, Mr. Oshiomhole said the Jang group cannot reject a poll that was conducted openly and involved only 35 governors.

“Thirty five people went into a poll and, then they were saying ‘let us make this open, the world is watching us. And then they were talking. One by one, they were sermonizing; very seasoned Pentecostal pastors,” he said.

“They said we must do open ballot and I said how can we do open ballot when you were already fighting before the ballot. Let’s do secret ballots. I said secret ballot has been domesticated worldwide and I said we are products of secret ballots, why are we afraid to do secret ballot. I said one man, one vote.”

He said Mr. Jang took the early lead before being overtaken by Mr. Amaechi.

“They had 36, but one person was absent. So, one by one in the open, open-secret ballot, we voted. The papers were with two names; pick the one you want. And they counted these votes and they were 35 representing the 35 people that were present. And when they were counting ‘Jang! Jang!!, the Niger Governor (Babangida Aliyu) said ‘Jang in early lead’. I said early lead indeed. After that they said Amaechi! Ameachi!! , Amaechi!!,” he said.

“And in the end, the votes were counted and Jang janged in 16 votes and Ameachi marshaled in 19 votes. The winner emerged and the same people started saying ‘no! no!!; we are going to walk out’. I said ‘how can you walk out? Even in madness, there are levels of madness.”


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  • Foresight

    Who cares! Of what value is the NGF to us. It’s solely the governors’ affair. Besides, Oshiomhole rigged the recent local govt elections in his state. Even sahara reporters showed the video clip. So, what is Oshiomhole talking about?!

  • mr T

    it only pro jang people that normallly say what is the usefullness of NGF. HMMMMMMMMM.They did not talk of the importance before the election

    • Adoki

      How do you know that they did not talk about it before the election? And you, were you even taking any interest in this NGF before now? Be honest at least with yourself!



  • nija pikin

    Your excellency even Akwa Ibom Gov knows that jang lost the election and am happy by the way the pro Ameichi Govs conducted themselfs it gave nigerians the opportunity to see first hand the kind of clowns some states have as Governors my freind from Bauchi was speechless he said he will never vote blindly again, but the only person I piety in all this scenrio is mr prez it seems those he entruthed to deliver failed and the only way they can cover their failure is by not accepting the results thats clever by half, in the first place how can you send Akpabio to compaign for Jang or convince his colleagues who to vote for with educated electorates like Fashola Kwankwanso, oshomohle etc.

  • wax

    @oshomole stop comrading with furged certificates…

  • Ajantala

    Very incredible Jang would proclaim himself Winner when the evidence says otherwise. And this is the guy entrusted with the Plateau State funds. Really shame.