Nigerian Governors shorten meeting, move to Villa to dine with Jonathan

Governor Rotimi Amaechi

The governors loyal to Mr. Amaechi met briefly.

The meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum scheduled to hold at the Rivers State governor’s lodge was rescheduled on Wednesday evening as attendees agreed to attend a dinner with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Sources at the meeting say 15 governors were initially present for the meeting called by Rotimi Amaechi, the Chairman of the Forum. The attendees are believed to be governors loyal to Mr. Amaechi who defeated Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau by 19 votes to 16 last month to re-emerge as the forum’s chairman. Mr. Jang, alongside 15 other governors have since formed a parallel forum.

The attendees include the major supporters of Mr. Amaechi including governors of Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Imo, Borno, Kano, Jigawa, Adamawa, Zamfara, Osun, Edo, and Niger.

Though some members of the forum questioned the timing of the presidential dinner, saying it was a ploy by the presidency, who is believed to be against Mr. Amaechi, to undermine the meeting, all agreed there was need to honour the presidency by attending the dinner, a source said.

Just as the governors were getting ready to leave for the dinner, after their brief meeting, the governors of Oyo and Kwara arrived for the meeting and joined their colleagues to the villa.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the governors of Yobe (still expected to join later) and Kebbi (out of the country) were not at the meeting but had pledged their support to the Amaechi camp.


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  • Elegah

    (1) Headline: NIGERIAN GOVERNORS SHORTEN MEETING

    PREMIUM TIMES: Is that the story?

    (2) Narrative: “15 governors were initially present for the meeting. The governors of Yobe (still expected to join later) and Kebbi (out of the country) were not at the meeting but had pledged their support to the Amaechi camp”.

    PREMIUM TIMES, how many governors eventually attended the meeting?

    PREMIUM TIMES – Really stretching the story to make the numbers.

    • damilare

      elegah, are you afraid of numbers? When I wondered at your post, a friend asked that I should not bother, and that only undemocratic forces are afraid of numbers. So are you one of these? Are you phobic of numbers? Why?

      • deri

        They llied to us that 19 voted for AMAECHI now the case has changed-we are being deceived with stories of some governors travelling to Mecca and still praying others in saudi arabia and kuwait-waiting to board their flight back to 9ja while the remaining ones are still in Ibadan and Katsina state-awaiting the ambulance that ferried them there-to bring them back in one piece–when Mimiko described the alleged election of Amaechi Ghanaba, as a voodoo election some of us were sent to the cleaners-for supporting his assertion-now we have 16 compared to the 18 that attested to the victory of Jang-by atteding his own event-what a shame! Now its clear they tried to rig the election-only 15 voted for amaechi-wonders shall never end in 9ja–all because APC wanted to according to them to disgrace the president-nothing more-very childish if not insulting to Nigerians

        • damilare

          My question to you and your crew in the presidency of Jonathan is: Are you scared of numbers? And may I ask you, Jonah Jang, Akpabio and Goodluck Jonathan this question: how many govs have attended Goodluck Jonathan/Jonah Jang’s “NGF”? Please answer this simple question. Tell Nigerian citizens.

        • Sadiq Garba

          Sule Lamido of Jigawa State said last week that himself and six others in PDP voted for Amaechi in the NGF election. He said – Wammako, Kwankwaso, Nyako,Dakingari , Babagida Aliyu and one other governor whose name he’ll not mention (apparently for being in first tenure).
          DERI when you add this to the the votes of 10 opposition (APC) governors and Rotimi Amaechi’s, what will you get?
          You cannot impress your masters this comment.

  • deri

    from 19 to 15 now-shameless ppl with ntheir voodoo elections-llok at the pattern of writing the press release u know its from APC-
    Thought AMAECHI had the support of Obasanjo and the entire Yoruba nation-4 according pmnews-governor of Rivers State and Chairman of the (fake voodoo led) Nigeria Governors’ Forum, headed by Rotimi Amaechi, is desperately seeking Obasanjo’s support in his battle with President Goodluck Jonathan-Wellu wellu! Goodluki to him oooh! But he should be told that those who deceived him into calling for a meeting- tricked him to display his foolishness to the world! He has already failed-Jang is having the last laugh-this is nothing but sabotage! And he must be tried for for treason! APC has lost North Central-regadless of the presence of some few fulanis from Mali-Allow Aamechi continue to follow Tinubu-ati Buhari-You see the problem with Amaechi is that he does not know who president jonathan really is–no be the Jonathan that I know? The viper!? Just wait and see he will join Ibori very soon in exile–yeye from 19 t0 16-soon it would be 3 aliyu-wamakko and lamido-plus those from the axisi of evil-the zone undee the control of the Moslem brotherhood of egypt-

  • simeon

    Mr Jang called for a meeting 24hrs after the election and 16 governors came…Mr Amaech called for a meeting weeks after the election and 15 governors came(2 governors came @ the ending of the meeting,so 13 governors were actually present during the meeting)….some loyalist to Amaechi still ve double mind, and might betray him when the going gets tough. Who is fooling who???
    The more you look, the less you see.

  • Sagba

    Let us leave sentiments and be factual. Meeting participants don’t arrive at the same time. Having 15 Governors in attendance and still waiting for more while some travelled out of the country shows Amaechi commands the majority. But that is not my headache. My worry is that the Dutch Embassy has just made a fundamental statement on the NGF palava and 2015 elections. This represents the views of the Western nations, except we want to deceive ourselves! Little wonder Obama avoided Nigeria in his current trip! We are simply undemocratic and have little or no respect for the sanctity of the ballot. I still repeat it, the Jang faction made a terrible mistake in participating in that election and afterwards, crying foul! A case of closing the stable after the horse has bolted!

  • sunday Dankwai

    I dont understand,is it 15 that atend the meting and 2 came late or what? The truth is that if only 36people cannot conduct themself very well how can they provide good governance to the millions of people who are looking up for them. It is so sad that things are like that but the truth is that the moment we stop pretending that all is well and face the reality that we have a very huge chalenge that need to be face head long, may be that will be the begining of the solution to our problem.