Update: 14 Governors, two deputies present as Jang commissions factional Nigeria Governors Forum Secretariat

Jonah Jang, Plateau state governor

Mr. Jang said he is working to resolve the crisis in the NGF.

Contrary to expectations, Vice President Namadi Sambo did not attend the commissioning of the secretariat of the Jonah Jang led faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum.

Mr. Sambo was expected to attend and unveil the new secretariat. But in what could be said to be an attempt to appear non-partisan in the feud between the Jonah Jang led faction and faction led by the winner of the chairmanship election of the NGF, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr. Sambo stayed away from the event even as organisers gave no reason for his absence.

Efforts to get an official reason for the vice president’s absence were unsuccessful as his spokesman, Umar Sani’s telephone was switched off.

Instead, Mr. Jang, flanked by thirteen of his governor colleagues, and two deputy governors, declared the secretariat open.

Shortly before he cut the tape to open the secretariat, Mr. Jang stated that “From now on this is the official secretariat of the Nigeria Governors Forum, and whoever needs any information or dealings to do with the NGF, should come here”.

The two-storey butter coloured building, located at No 2, Nana Street Maitama, Abuja, is also adorned with the pictures of all the political parties that have elected governors in Nigeria, The parties include the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA; Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress of Progressive Change, CPC; and Labour Party, LP.

None of the governors of the ACN, ANPP, or CPC attended the event.

After the unveiling, all the attendees went round to inspect the facilities inside the building.

Governors at the commissioning were those of Delta; Ebonyi; Taraba; Kaduna; Kogi; Abia; Katsina; Ondo; Plateau; Bauchi; Bayelsa ,Cross Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Anambra; while Benue and Gombe were represented by their deputies.

Mr. Jang, addressing journalists, said his faction is working to resolve the crisis with the other faction.

The Nigeria Governors Forum was factionalised last week when 18 governors refused to accept the re-election of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state held on Friday May 24, 2013.

Mr. Amaechi, the Rivers State Governor, had defeated Mr. Jang by 19 votes to 16 to emerge as chairman. His election is believed to have been opposed by the presidency and the PDP leadership, a claim both have denied.


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  • emmanuel

    Thank God for using some people to set confusion in the camp of our common enemies and the greatest rogues of our time

  • tolu

    what is the problem of this man at his age of 75. we can all see why there is no peace in plateau state . mimiko is a disgrace to yoruba race , it confirms his attitude as a low character. most of the governors

    present were their because of EFCC . Akpabio is a great thief .what we need in nigeria is a bloody revolution.

  • Boss

    Am so ashame of Jonah Jang, an old man, father, grand father and perhaps great grand father behaving like a street boy. My respect for Akpobia, Mimiko Peter Obi and Chime just disappeared for ever. This is rebellious and must be condemned. I also wondered the likely reaction from their family seeing them in a theatric scene. Mr. President must not rely on the so called PDP governors for reelection, except he is relying on rigging. God will take adequate care of them.

  • Moses

    Thank God they were not 19 men. I want Jang to show us that 19 men that he claimed supported him.

    • Pivo679

      Jang had 16 votes, pledges are not votes but because this man is just a trouble maker. He just does not get it and as usual living in his own little primitive world this is why there has been NO progress in Plateau State for the past 6 yrs!.