NGF election: “Today our democracy was tested and proven” – Amaechi gives acceptance speech; Akpabio rejects outcome
by Isi Esene
In a curious twist to the conclusion of the Nigerian Governor’s Forum election of which the governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Chibuike Anaechi was announced winner, the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio and a few other PDP governors have described the election was a sham.
Briefing newsmen after the election, Akpabio reportedly said they will only recognise Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau State as Chairman.
Amaechi contested the election with Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state winning by 19 to 16 votes.
Gov. Amaechi later read an acceptance speech thanking the governors and re-iterating his support for the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan,
Read the full text of his speech below:
Today our democracy was tested and proven.
Democracy is about participation.
The aim of democratic governance is for everyone to partake in winning.
Today the governors have spoken with one voice reaffirming our faith in democratic governance as the hope of Nigeria’s future.
I must thank my colleagues for their tenacity and determination to ensure the unity of the forum but more importantly of our nation.
We remain committed to supporting our leader, the president and commander in chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to realize the development dream of all Nigerians by reducing tension, uncertainty and insecurity in our beloved country.
We want to pledge our steadfastness and resolve working alongside Mr. President to better the lives of our people as we render transparent and accountable stewardship.
Finally our thanks go to all those who have patiently endured these times especially our constituents and members of the fourth estate of the realm who have followed these elections with keen interest.
We promise that we will not betray the confidence you have reposed in us.
Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON.
Governor, Rivers State.
May 24, 2013.