Updated: Rotimi Amaechi Re- Elected Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum
The Executive Governor of River State and incumbent Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Rotimi Amaechi has been re-elected as the Chairman of the forum.
The election which held at the River State Governor’s lodge in Abuja on Friday saw Amaechi beating Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state by 19 votes to 16. The governors of Yobe and Kebbi state were not present for voting.
Also elected at the meeting of the governors’ forum is the Vice Chairman which went to Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state.
Yari emerged the Vice Chairman after Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state perceived to be an ally of President Jonathan withdrew from the race.
Governor Jang entered the race last minute to the election after Governors Shehu Shema of Katsina state and Isa Yuguda of Buachi state, both touted to be the favorite candidates of President Goodluck Jonathan were advised by the northern Governors Forum to step down. The northern governors met at the Niger State Governors Lodge in the Asokoro District of the federal capital and discussed for more than three hours after which they subsequently adopted Governor Jonah Jang as the north’s consensus candidate.
Prior to the meeting of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors met at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge while the opposition governors under the umbrella of the yet-to-be registered All Progressives Congress, APC, met at Lagos House, to strategise for the election.
While the meeting was going on, Akwa Ibom state governor, Godwill Akpabio made repeated trips, in and out of the voting room, to make and receive calls. Observers said “he might be giving live updates to the Villa.” None of his effort however paved the way fro the emergence of the president’s candidate.
Soon after the election, opposition governors were jubilant and beaming with smiles over the victory of Rotimi Amaechi, while other governors especially those within the camp of the President wore stone faces.
Describing the victory of her boss over President Goodluck Jonathan’s interest as “mission accomplished”, River state commissioner for Information, could not hide her joy as she was filled with smiles and dancing to no music.
Amaechi’s election as the chairman of the forum for another term and the election of an opposition candidate as the Vice Chairman mean a big blow to the camp of President Goodluck Jonathan, especially his perceived presidential ambition in 2015.
The battle to gain the soul of the Forum of the country’s 36 state governors has been keenly contested since the Presidency wants Amaechi replaced as its chairman.
The presidency’s grouse with Amaechi stems from the perceived interest of the governor to serve as Vice Presidential running mate to Jigawa state governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido who is said to be interested in running for the top job at the villa.
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