The Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that he remains the only authentic Chairman of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF).
Mr. Amaechi made the statement on Monday November 18,2013 while refuting claims by the Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, that President Goodluck Jonathan only recognises Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State, as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum.
A statement signed by Mr. David Iyafor who is the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Amaechi, described the Presidential Adviser’s statement as a testament that the Presidency lacks basic democratic culture.
“The Presidential Adviser on Political Matters displayed his complete contemptuous lack of basic democratic tenets and principles and sadly painted the President Goodluck Jonathan Presidency as a partisan undemocratic Presidency that has no regard or respect for the peoples’ mandate expressed through the ballot box by saying the Presidency does not recognise Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi as the duly elected Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum.
“It is a known fact that in the election for the Chairman of NGF, held on May 24, 2013, Governor Amaechi got the mandate of the majority of his colleague Governors to continue to serve as their Chairman when 19 Governors voted for him as against 16 that voted for Governor Jonah Jang; 19 is always greater than 16. It is that simple.
“But for the Jonathan Presidency (according to Gulak) 16 is greater than 19! We, like most Nigerians, are further saddened that the likes of Gulak in the Presidency, are so ignorant and totally bereft of substance that they lack the