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Govs’ coup: Plot to sack Amaechi as NGF’s chair fails

From TAIWO AMODU, ABUJA

The cold war in the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) over leadership assumed a new twist on Wednesday in Abuja as a plot to remove Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as the chairman failed, Daily Sun has learnt.

The Forum is now polarised along the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan, Amaechi’s trusted allies and those outside the PDP, who prefer to sit on the fence.

A source disclosed that a governor in the South-South and his counterpart from North-West had mobilised few others who shared their position that the time was ripe to have a change of leadership in the NGF and were eager to use the meeting held on Wednesday night in Abuja to demand for removal of Governor Amaechi as the Chairman.

Unknown to the governors agitating for his removal, Amaechi got wind of the plot and “as the meeting was about to commence, he listed change of leadership as part of the agenda of the meeting, to the consternation of the anti- Amaechi group at the meeting. Amaechi further asked any of the governors interested in the office to signify interest by raising his hand.

It was Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and his Kano State counterpart, Rabiu Kwankwaso, who intervened and declared that “there was no point to list change in leadership as an agenda for the parley.”

Recall that foot soldiers of the Presidency for the 2015 general elections have accused Amaechi of using his position as Chairman of the Forum and PDP Governors’ Forum for his political leverage. Amaechi, according to reports, has been anointed as the running mate to Governor Lamido, who is also rumoured to be interested in the 2015 presidential ticket of the PDP.

At the end of their meeting which was concluded yesterday morning, the 36 governors present, in their communique read to journalists and signed by Governor Amaechi “discussed the administration of the Forum and resolved that all organs of the Forum be made functional at the next meeting,’’

It also commended the governors for their resolve to continue with their polio eradication programme amid many challenges and re-affirmed the Forum`s solidarity with the affected states”.

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16 Comments

  1. Prince February 22, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Amechi is giving president Goodluck sleepless night why,b/cos he wants 2 become vice presidential candidate come 2012.

  2. Prince February 22, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Error i mean 2015 presidential election.

  3. AGOM February 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

    DOG EAT DOG ALL OF THEM NA THE SAME CROOKS.

  4. cookey February 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

    What good with PDP or no PDP in this country?

  5. kenneth February 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    AMAECHI MUST BE REMOVED FROM THAT POSITION BECAUSE BN A SOUTH SOUTH MAN,HE SHOULD BE WORKING WITH AND BN IN GOOD TERMS WITH GEJ,BUT HE IS NOT DOING THAT JUST COS HE WAS PROMISED RUNNING MATE,TOO BAD,HE WILL NOT GO THROUGH IN SO FAR AS NIGERIAN POLITICS IS CONCERN

  6. anamco February 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    My pple u guys shld learn politics! Amechi & GEJ has no rift,i pity those apolitcal follow follow.

  7. ukoro (rector) February 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    What is all these we are struggling for. Quest for power is the order of d day. No one even of the think of the welfare of citizens. Watch urselves!

  8. BONNY February 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    somebody should help me tell amaechi that anything he lost& founded by his brother is still his.That was what yoruba elders told Olu Falae in 1999 when lost the presidential election to Obj,he threatened to sue Obj& the yoruba elders told him what i told amaechi above.The words of elders are evergreen& whoever listens to it shall have no problem but shall live longer.

  9. M.d February 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Amachi is animal in homan nature some one like Godwill is nt clamoring 4 prasdent but amachi

  10. Dr yusuf February 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    People Decieve people (PDP) Amechi try ur luck as vice president maybe ur God wil answer ur prayer.

  11. Kelvin ogba February 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Prince that error is an indication that your argument has no premise.Be guided.

  12. rauf amiru February 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    This comment has been blocked by the moderator

  13. Opeyemi odeniyi February 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    God will take control.

  14. Chuks February 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    With dis situation we are inn now i wonder how GEJ will make it in 2015. Things are hard

  15. Isa Jantan February 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    awusa and yoruba don come, the house that divided itself must fall, this is what they did to ndi igbo, now turn of Niger delta, if they loose this opportunity this 2015 to rule for 8years that others are ruling, they will stand to be rags to Nigeria state, GEJ this is not the time to build hse of $26m dollars for your wife, Watch your back make NIGER DELTA GET MOUTH FOR NIGERIA ESTATE, THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT, IF NIGER DELTA USE GARAGARA MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY, THEY SHOULD NOT BLAME ANYBODY, ARIWA AND ODUDUWA HAD SET TRAP AND BE WATCHING, ONE THING YOU SHOULD KNOW ODUDUWA AND ARIWA ALWAYS CLAIMED THEY ARE NOT ONE, BUT WHEN THE TIMES COMES OR WHEN THERE IS ANY CRITICAL DECISION, RELIGION BRINGS THEM TOGETHER,THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THAT TO BIAFRA AND NIGER DELTA IS NOT EXCEPTIONAL, ANYTIN WEY UNA WANT GRAB MEK UNA GRAB AM NOW, AMAECHI TAKE NOTE GEJ TAKE NOTE, MEK UNA GO INSIDE SETTLE THIS QUARELL, BEFORE THEY USE IT TO SCATTER UNA, UNA GET MOUTH TODAY FOR NIGERIA NA BC OF MILITANCYN NOBODY DEY HEAR ABOUT UNA, MEK UNA SETTLE THIS QUARTEL IN TIME00, ELSE E GO AFFECT JOE 2015

  16. uche jonathan February 24, 2013 at 12:09 am

    amachie u cant win support GEJ dnt be envious jeleous u are not rip pls

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