Political crisis: Senators’ Forum visits Amaechi

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… Seeks reconciliation, national unity

FROM CHRIS ANUCHA, Port HarcourtThe Senators’ Forum of Nigeria  yesterday  visited the Rivers State Governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Amaechi in Government House, Port Harcourt. The visit was part of the  effort to resolve the  political   crisis in  the  country  and the Nigeria Governor’s Forum.

The delegation was led  by the acting Chairman of the Senators’ Forum, Senator John Brambaifa.

In his speech, Senator Brambaifa said they were  concerned about the current political developments that are likely to  threaten national polity and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.

He said: “Your Excellency  may wonder why the Senators’ Forum has chosen to visit your state at this time. As major stakeholders, members of the Forum are very concerned about the current challenges in the country. Accordingly, we deem it pertinent to seek your kind permission, to intervene for quick resolution of disputes that are likely to threaten our national polity and peaceful co-existence.

“You will recall that the Senate and indeed, the National Assembly, had cause in the past and even more recently, to intervene on some issues and challenges to our national unity, growth and development. The Forum, in discharge of its mandate, had resolved to consult major stakeholders in the country, with a view to strengthening and consolidating our democracy. It is in the light of this resolve that the Forum, through our letter, dated August 21, wrote to seek audience with your excellency to discuss matters of urgent national importance, with a view to bringing down the political tempo and douse the tension.”

On the NGF crisis,  Brambaifa recalled that the Senators’ Forum had met with Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, for peaceful resolution of the crisis.

The Senator disclosed that they had also consulted with stakeholders on the country’s challenges and how to tackle them.

“Your Excellency, it may interest you to note that the Forum has already met with your colleague, Governor David J. Jang of Plateau State recently, and had very fruitful discussion. Your Excellency, our consultations are ongoing and we will not rest until our dear nation achieves greatness, through democracy and good governance. We thank you most sincerely for your courtesy, hospitality and kind attention,” he added.

In his response, Governor Amaechi thanked the senators, describing them as patriotic Nigerians.

Amaechi  stressed the need to uphold democracy in the country, where aspirants should simply accept victory or concede defeat, insisting  that he clearly won the NGF election.

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  1. Ejike, New York on

    THE PROBLEM WITH THE NIGERIA OF TODAY ASIDE BOKO HARAM IS PATIENCE JONATHAN AND HER HUSBAND. THEY ARE STOKING HATRED, BRIGANDAGE, CRISIS UPON CRISIS ETC. THE SENATORS SHOULD ALSO VISIT HER AND PLAD WITH HER TO RESPECT POSITION AS WIFE OF THE PRESIDENT SO THAT HER RESPECT WILL BE DUE TO HER. IF SHE CONTINUES THE WAY SHE IS GOING THEN SHE AND HER HUSBAND SHOULD BE BLAMED IF NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY IS TRUNCATED. I REST MY CASE. THANK YOU IMPARTIAL AND PEACE LOVING SENATORS FOR THIS VISIT AND THE SUCCOUR YOU HAVE GIVEN AMAECHI. IF NOT FOR THE INTERVENTION OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE, THEY WOULD HAVE BY NOW USED BIPI TO ILLEGALLY IMPEACH HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR OF RIVERS STATE, CHIBUIKE AMAECHI. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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  3. Senators forum visits Amaechi’s political requiem mass similar to that of Atiku’s political life in the country. He will end up joining his friend loitering from one place to the other or better put by heading straight to Ghanian Republic to enjoy his loot. He will soon bid bye to this beautiful country from his preferred asylum second seeking mission to Ghana.

  4. @Owerri, please note, Governor Rotimi Chibuke Amaechi is going no where because he has not committed any offence against the State..
    He is the Hero at moment because he has shown President Jonathan and his Wife that he was not their stooge before he became an important factor in Nigerian politics, hence, he maintains his principle that he can never be President Jonathan’s stooge before he can aspire for higher office of the land in future.
    Governor Amaechi has become more popular than President Jonathan in Nigeria today and such can earn him the Vice Presidential slot of PDP after Jonathan’s foot soldiers in the party are replaced with the true democratic National Working Committee members soon.
    APC is the answer in 2015,,

  5. Dr. Ezife said it the other day that this governors forum should be made comatose.We the masses have not benefited from the formations of these forums.This one that is visiting now is another forum of inconsequentials who should treat their problems along party lines or communually as senators.They generating unnecessary heat in nigerian polity.During the day of Shagari everybody was concerned to his party.There was no known organisation that brought the party in power&opposition together at any level.The opposition will continously seek to undermine the party in power.U could be expelled for anti party activities.The kite &the chicken do not assemble in the same market but now reverse is the case.We are tired of these forums.

  6. Which one is senators’s forum and this nonentity Brambaifa? There is no length this Amaechi will not go just to become ordinary vice president.

  7. Thank God that the Senators forum? have woken up from their deep,political & paroc-hial induced slumber to extend honour and respect to his Excellen -cy,the Nationalistic Governor of River State & democratically elected Chairman of NGF,Chibuike Amaechi. Also of note,is Amaec-hi insistent to the Senators forum? of the imperativeness of his being the substan-tive Chairman of the NGF.Consequently, I wish to call on some contributors to this widely read forum,to rise above petiness to consider National interest above parochial,religion,poli -tical or mondane considerations,devoid or all manner of ill- concieved attacks on our leaders or against co-commentators, who we might ve not had one-on-one contacts wt. Therefore ,lets us all sheathe our swords to contribute objectively as respon-sible patriots,by standing on side of truth,in our collective search for an enduri-ng peace,unity,secuiit -y,of the Citizenry, freedom to aspire & right to reside,carry out business,contest for elective positions, wtout hinderance or intimidation,due to tribe or religion in any part of Nigeria. SO BE IT GOD.!!!

  8. @ Dele Odugbemi, I commend you today for disagreeing with Owerri’s point of view without insults, that is how it ought to be. Every man should be allowed to express his mind and opinion without another insulting him. Ejike has remained unrepentant critic of GEJ and his wife though out of uninformed facts. @ BONNY, kudos to your observation regarding all these forums, but what do you expect from people who have one common goal and agenda which is to milk dry the resources of Nigeria, after all, aster-codes and brown envelops must change hands. The visit would have made sense if it were PDP Senators rather than the so-called senator’s forum since the rivers state problem is PDP affair. The politicians coined the phrase that the worst civilian government is better than the best military regime. But presently I am beginning to evaluate this phrase vis-à-vis the political maturity of the combating gladiators and security eclipse hovering over the country.

  9. Owerri , Ejike , sunny and co should form sun news on line forum . They must visit GEJ , Patience , Amaechi , and OBJ . This crisis must be stopped !

  10. @ Ebuka Amaechi, I will agree with you that people should be allowed to contest for any office they are qualified without intimidation, but you will also agree with me that every game has its own rule. There is a great difference between someone using his achievements to seek for a higher office and the same person using his political office to seek another higher office. If you really understood my painting, Gov Amaechi is rather trying to use the unconstitutional instrument of the governors forum to climb into a higher office which he is constitutionally qualified and maybe including his achievements . But don’t forget that in life, everything is timing, procedural and compromise. If your ambition if accomplished will satisfy and bring you honor, but will not satisfy the larger number of your society, chasing such ambition amounts to arrogance. Unless you can convince me that the vice president seat occupied by DR Alex Ekwueme then was more fruitful to the Igbos than being the president only for four years. So since Gov Amaechi can never be president (if ever) after vice president due to power shift, it then means that GEJ ‘S more four years will benefit south-south than Amaechi’s eight years as vice president. Can you tell us in this forum the past governors’ forum during the era of Shehu Shagari and how the chairmen became instrumental to national and party issues not to talk of being a torn in the flesh of the presidency or is the present presidential system different from the second republic era ?

    • Thank you for this observation. like you rightly said, Amaechi failed to understand that,’Power comes from God’ and that God delivered that power to Jonathan on behalf of the South South Geo-political zone on a platter of gold, Yet, ‘he,Amaechi’ a South South governor, is trying tooth and nail to scuttle that opportunity just b/c of over ambition and the promise of being the Vice president to the Northerners . I pity Amaechi and the South South zone for not realizing that some zones in this country are not happy that S.S is holding power and that they are using your own person to scuttle it. Is it when the ‘did is done’ that you people will realize what is happening. Please wise up and remove the scales in your eyes. Remember, a prominent Northern politician made it very clear that, by vote, S.S can never get the position of “COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE GENERAL ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA”. Remember also that, S.E surrendered to your own person, Jonathan. What do you understand here? Vice and the Chief Executive are not comparable please. All you need from your own person as Chief Executive are achievable than the Vice begging. A word is enough for the wise. I rest my case.

  11. JONATHAN IS CRYING OVER A SPLIT MILK. HE WOULD HAVE ASSEMBLED CAPABLE HANDS TO MANAGE HIS POLITICAL IMAGE. EVEN HIS WIFE IS TO BE BLAME TO A LARGE EXTENT. IMAGINE PATIENCE SNATCHING A MICROPHONE FROM AN ELECTED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF A STATE IN PUBLIC FUCTION. AMAECHI IS POLITICALLY MORE SOUND THAN 2 JONATHANS PUT TOGETHER. THE RESULT OF 19-16 IS WHAT IS STILL SHOWING AND IT WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW TILL AFTER 2015. AMAECHI HAS THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VIE FOR ANY POLITICAL OFFICE IN THE LAND JUST AS ANY OTHER CITIZEN.

  12. @ Green, the same old song–snatching microphone from amaechi, don’t you have better things to say rather than repeating yourself everyday ?. your hatred and criticisms for the president and the wife can never reduce their worth and social standing which no one in your family has ever attained for now. if really you are aware of the powers of the Nigerian president, your boastful elevation of Amaechi will mean insignificant. its not a must for you to comment on every issue if you don’t have better things to say. learn to comment on issues rather than apportioning blames. though, you cant give what you don’t have.

    • OKOLIE BECAUSE IT WAS A SHOW OF SHAME DEVIOD OF A WOMAN WHO SHOULD BE AN EXAMPLE TO THE WOMEN. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THIS AND MANY OTHERS ARE THE PROBLEM BETWEN THE TWO.MIND YOU I DO NOT HATE ANY BODY BUT I HATE THEIR DISPOSITIONS AND NOT THEIR PERSONS-TAKE NOTE.

  13. MY PEOPLE IF WE ARE TO VOTE FOR AMECHI OR JONATHAN TODAY. I BET YOU JONATHAN WILL DEFEAT HIM AND HIS COLLAGUES 100% THERE IS NO TOO WORDS ABOUT IT. BECAUSE AMECHI IS SEEM AS A BETRAYAL AND A GREEDY PERSON AS HIS COLLAGUES FROM THE NORTH CANNOT BOOST OF A CREDIBLE CANDIDATE TO STAND FOR THE PDP AS THE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANT COMING 2015 IF AGREED THEY SHOULD GO FOR THE PRESIDENCE AS A RESULT OF THAT AUTOMATICALLY PDP WILL FALL BECAUSE THE NORTHERNERS THEMSELVES KNOWS THEIR HOUSE IS NOT IN ORDER. TELL ME ONE PERSON AMONG THE AGGRIEVED GOVENORS WHO IS MORE CREDIBLE AND QUALIFIED TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THIS COUNTRY?? LET US NOT FORGET SO SOON THAT MR. JONATHAN WAS ELEVATED TO HIS POSITION BY GOD NOT BY HIS MIGHT OR WILL AND PEOPLE OF NIGERIA HAS SHOWN THEIR ADMIRATION AND LOVE TOWARDS HIM BY VOTING HIM IN AS THE PRESIDENT AND IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN. WHAT GOD HAS ANNOINTED , NO WEAPON SHALL FASHION AGAINST HIM SO AMECHI AND CO TAKE NOTE. BECAUSE WHATEVER IS YOUR PLAN AGANIST JONATHAN WILL NEVER PROSPER. AMECHI SHOULD WAIT FOR GOD TO ORDANED HIM FIRST WHICH WILL REFLECT TO THE PEOPLE.

  14. These non entities parading Egunje groups in the guise of Forums should stop parading their dirty agbada all over Nigeria. They should sit down for once and do the people’s business. Who is Amaechi and what can he possibly do to scuttle democracy? He should count himself lucky because he came at the time of gentle GEJ. All these politicians who are making mockery of democracy instead of leading will one day pay for their sins.

  15. So our amiable senators have waking Up? pls hope this will not be a grand style designed to beat our amiable Amechi into a corner? Ple your excelency sir, Watch your back!

  16. @ My bros.Okolie, Noble & Nwabueze tanx for ur individual observations over my submission.Thats the beauty of Democracy, as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution which grantees every Nigerian,the freedom of expression,to movement & to aspire to any political office in Naiga wt out any form of harassmen or intimidation frm any quarters,under what- ever guise,provided the aspirants are qualified for such offices or positions in a Democratic setting. While it should be left for the electorates to vote in,or reject such candidates in a free, fair & transperent elections,as obtained in the civilized climes, even in some African Nations.Naiga must nt be exception by the collective will and detemination of all patriotic Nigerians. Which fortunately,has become imperative that all of us,in this forum & every other Nigerian,should shun parochialism,envy, intimidation,exhibit Love &stand for truth at all times, no matter whose ox is to be blooded.If our dream to entrench participat-ory democracy and achieve,the all import-ant vision,2O-2O of becoming among the most developed econ-omies in the world is to realised by the Country as one Nation in the nearest future.

  17. @ Ebuka Amaechi, well said, but as for vision 2020, forget the euphonious political nonsense. At least the cascading events including the menace of boko-haram is a clear indication that the government and the citizenry are not ready. The vision must transcend beyond the bothers of the federal nexus and from the infrastructural and human index wasted in the northern states, it will take several years to rebuild .

  18. From history, the northern political strategem has this very unfolding that’s trending in our national political life as an exclusive right and nature . Any willing tool has always ended up in doom or political oblivion. The list of their victims are lengthy. He who knows no history, knows no better future. History should be our signpost pointing to our future. We need to know and understand our history and that of our neighbours-friends and foes.

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