Senator Annie Okonkwo, founding Chairman of Zoom Mobile, has expressed concerns over the rancor within the Nigerian Governors’ Forum. Speaking to newsmen in Lagos, Senator Okonkwo, who was a member of Nigeria’s sixth Senate said the crisis in the NGF is not good for our democracy. “I am disappointed with what is going on in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. I don’t believe that governors can do what they are doing. There are certain things we are expecting from the governors. If you are defeated in an election, you congratulate your opponent and not to make it a do or die affair,” he said.
Referring to Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau who was declared factional chairman of NGF by Governors loyal to President Jonathan, Senator Okonkwo said: “From what the governors said, there was an endorsement and there was an election. For example, during the election of the principal officers of the House of Representatives, PDP endorsed Hon. Mulikat Akande before the election but the majority of the House voted for Hon. Tambuwal and today he is the Speaker. So why can’t the pro-Jang group congratulate Amaechi?”
Governor Rotimi Amaechi insisted that 19 of the governors present during the controversial NGF election re-elected him as the Forum’s Chairman and regards Governor Jonah Jang as an impostor.