I know I don’t do a lot of political posts but this one was practically begging for attention and I couldn’t ignore it, besides, I have a first degree in Political Science so I believe I’m somewhat qualified to bare my mind on this issue.
Nigeria Governors Forum…….hmmmm, my first question is, “is this forum really necessary or better still, is it legal?” No offence but I’m one of the few who believe that the so-called Forum is a waste of time. The forum is not even constitutional just like the ceremonious office of the first lady.
The forum is made up of 35 governors from 35 states, yes 35 not 36 ‘cos Abuja doesn’t have a governor incase you thought I made a mistake with the numbers.
These guys were all duly elected (we hope) by their respective states to lead them, and they further decide to form a forum but really whose interest are they protecting in this forum?These so-called Governors Forum paint a picture of support to the Nigerian masses but it was the same NGF that supported the removal of Petroleum Subsisdy in 2012.
If truly they are meant to be united, isn’t this an indication of political polarity?
Secondly, it’s no more news that the last NGF elections ended in a debacle which saw the emergence of two factional leaders : Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state.
Guys, its baffling that 35 grown adults, with hair on their chest (as my pastor will humorously say) cannot sit down in one room and successfully elect one person as a leader without rigging. I’m really perturbed ‘cos this is a bad omen for Nigerian politics.
How do we expect about 200 million Nigerians to conduct an election when the 35 men who represent us cannot do same amongst themselves.
The results of the NGF election clearly showed that Gov. Amaechi had 19 votes and Gov. Jang had 16 votes but Gov. Jang’s camp, backed conspicuously by Gov. Akpabio , went ahead to form a faction and declared that Gov. Jang won and Gov. Jang himself went to church to declare that his victory was from God.
I was privileged to watch the secret video of the elections and as the votes were counted, one could feel the tension and animosity in the room with governors shouting at themselves. The video was taken by the governor of Osun state and at a point, other governors started shouting him down saying “Osun what is this?” Gov Akpabio himself even came to confront him but the Osun governor remained adamant saying ” I’m taking the video so that nothing will go wrong here”. Watch the raw video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i4I2ggNkfQ8. By the way, the fact that there was a secret video, filmed by a governor, also speaks volumes about what was expected.
Sadly, the same governors were individually preaching good morals, sound behavior and patriotism to the children in their states a few days later on children’s day. The governors should have taken a back seat and allowed the children teach them. “Teach them what?” you may ask, well, teach them how to select a class captain in their class.
I’m particularly disgusted with governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state (who is in Governor Jonah Jang’s camp) when he said he saw the rigging coming.
How dare he talk! Or was he not the same governor who openly admitted that he rigged senatorial elections in his own state, and he still roams the street free! Hear his electoral rigging speech:
My humble opinion is that the various governors should focus on developing their states instead of lobbying all over the place and avoiding their constitutional duty under the guise and charade of Nigeria Governors Forum. Someone like Gov. Jonah Jang whose state has been boiling with killings and religious crisis should have no business parading himself as NGF chairman. He has a job waiting for him at home and the job hasn’t been done.
A governor’s primary responsibility is to be the chief welfare and security officer of his state but sadly, most of these governors have decided to distract themselves with this Forum while their assignment at home is left undone.
You can at least be creative………….
That’s all for now guys. Thanks for visiting my blog and lest i forget, HAPPY DEMOCRACY DAY!
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