Governors Shun Jonathan’s Plea to Hold NGF Election at the Villa, Pick Rivers Gov’s Lodge as Venue
Attempts by President Goodluck Jonathan to shift the venue of the Nigerian Governors Forum election to the presidential villa failed to scale through as governors under the forum has picked Rivers state governor’s lodge in Abujam as the venue of the meeting that produce the forum’s next chairman.
Forces loyal to the President and the president himself had worked very hard to ensure that the election holds under his watching eyes, so as to secure victory for either the Katsina state governor, Ibrahim Shema or his Bauchi state counterpart, Isa Yuguda against the incumbent chairman, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state who is also running for a second term as the NGF chairman.
The Nigerian Governors Forum showed its strength when it secretariat issued Tuesday saying its 6th meeting in 2013 will now hold on Friday May 24th, 2013 at 4pm at the Rivers state governor’s lodge in Asokoro area of Abuja.
The notice reads:
”The Chairman, Rt, Hon. Rotimi C. Ameachi, has requested for a meeting of all members as scheduled as follows: Date: Friday 24th May 2013; Time 4:00pm prompt; Venue: Rivers State Governors Lodge, Abuja; Address: # 5 Justice Mohammed Bello Street”
The agenda of the meeting include Election of forum officials such as Chairman, Vice chairman. It added that election will also be conducted into forum’s board of trustees with each zone producing one with the exception of North West which produces two.
“For members of the executive committee representing geopolitical zones ; the Chairman and Vice Chairman automatically represent their zones”, the notice signed by the NGF Director General, A.B. Okauru added, stressing that “Notice of intent to run for these positions should kindly reach the secretariat before May 24, 2013?
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