Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and factional Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has warned Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State to stop impersonating him by stop calling for a meeting of the forum..
Amaechi, in a statement on Sunday, said Jang did not have the mandate to call for a meeting of the NGF, since he was not elected by fellow governors and urged other governors to ignore the purported invitation by the Jang faction of the forum for a meeting in Abuja.
The statement reads: “Ordinarily I would have ignored these reports as I do not imagine that as governors who hold our people’s mandate through the democratic process of free and fair elections, we would do anything to impugn our integrity.
“However as chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, elected by my colleagues to safeguard their integrity and that of the forum it has become imperative for me to request my brother and Governor Jang to remain within the confines of decorum and cease to impersonate me and to stop parading himself as NGF chairman,” the statement personally signed by the NGF chairman stated. He further noted as the only chairman of the forum, duly elected by a vote tally of 19: 16 on Thursday, May 23, 2013, he has not called for a meeting of the NGF rather the meeting scheduled for governors was the one with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.
He said: “I as chairman of the NGF have not called for any Governors’ Forum meeting for Monday, June 16, 2013. The only meeting scheduled for Monday June 16, is a meeting of all Governors with His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan scheduled to hold at 9pm at Aso Rock Villa. All governors should please ensure attendance at this meeting with Mr. President.
“I wish to reassure my brother governors that this storm shall pass and we all will be reunited as one family committed to our nation’s unity and supporting Mr. President in his vision for a Nigeria that safeguards the rights of all its citizens to good governance and democratic norms.”
He observed that “Jang is my brother and friend and I harbor no ill feelings against him, but it is important that he stops this impersonation, as it could threaten all the good work we all have done together.”
While reminding Jang of the legal action instituted against him by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State from parading himself as the chairman of NGF, he appealed that “s leaders elected by our people, Nigerians are closely watching us. We must comport ourselves according the dictates and principles of democratic and lawful practices and norms.”
The NGF has been polarised following the rejection of election result that returned Amaechi to office by some governors who alleged that the election was fixed.