by Rachel Ogbu
Governor of Plateau state and factional chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Jonah Jang has reacted to Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi comments that he was an impostor.
Amaechi had on Sunday warned Jang to stop impersonating him as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. “As the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum elected by my colleagues to safeguard their integrity and that of the forum, it has become imperative for me to request my brother, Governor Jang, to remain within the confines of decorum and cease to impersonate me and to stop parading himself as NGF chairman,” Amaechi said.
However, on Monday pretending not to understand what Amaechi was going on about, Jang cleverly replied that he never claimed to be the governor of Rivers State; hence he could not be accused of impersonating.
“Am I claiming to be the Governor of Rivers State? How am I then impersonating him?” Jang asked journalists in Abuja.
The Punch reports:
At the meeting were the governors of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Delta, Kaduna, Katsina, Kogi, Taraba, Bauchi, Ondo and Imo states.
Benue State governor was however represented by his deputy.
The governors were later led by Jang into a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.
Missing at the meeting were governors of Niger, Kano, Sokoto, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Edo and Rivers states. The governors that were not at the meeting called by Jang and also absent at the meeting with the President were those loyal to Amaechi in the NGF.
However, President Jonathan has recognised Jang as Chairman of NGF. The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has suspended Amaechi for alleged anti-party activities.
The Rivers governor had accused the PDP of a witch-hunt, saying it was only in the PDP that a governor could be suspended without being given the opportunity to defend himself.