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Open Letter to NGF: Betray Not One of Your Own for Material Gain

Open Letter to NGF:

Betray Not One of Your Own for Material Gain


By Igwe Douglas

It is probably the highest height of desperation if what is being reported in an online news website - about how the President of Nigeria, Mr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan wants to compel the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, to hold its election in the Presidential villa for obscure or rather obvious reasons known to him.

This latest move of the President if truly true is anti-democratic, imperious and smacks of desperation of a man clutching at straw.


The online news site reported and I quote: The election which is just few days away, “the Nigerian president has gone for broke and so paranoid because of an ordinary governors forum election,” an influential member of the forum who is also a governor in one of the Northern states said.


The governor further revealed that out of desperation for his return in 2015, Mr Jonathan has also dropped his support for the governor of Katsina state, Ibrahim Shema for his Bauchi state counterpart, Isa Yuguda.


“As we speak, two of our colleagues who are the arrow heads of the group of governors promoting the Jonathan agenda within the forum, I mean Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state are in the villa with the president where they are calling the governors for the president to speak with them one after the other. This is in addition to the on-going collation of supporting governors’ signatures for the election”, the governor who will not want to be mentioned for fear of victimization stated.


The source further disclosed that in addition to the efforts of Jonathan, Suswam and Akpabio, the PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih has equally been speaking with the governors to support the president’s choice for the NGF. He said one of the governors that have been won over by Anenih is the Cross River state governor, Liyel Imoke who was until now a staunch supporter of Amaechi. “Imoke has turned his back because he was blackmailed that he has a number of cases pending in EFCC and was also promised some oil blocs”, the source added. Indeed, it has been reported that Anenih was about a week ago in Calabar to meet Imoke.


The online went further to say that, another governor in the south-west who also spoke on the matter confirmed that President Jonathan had personally called him to seek his support for his choice for the NGF chairmanship.


“I was surprised that the president will call me to ask me to support his choice for the chairmanship of our forum even when he knows I belong to another party and not a PDP member. It shocked me but it confirms our fear that the man (Jonathan) is becoming too desperate about this his 2015 ambition”, the southwest governor added.


If you decide on “Election Day” to turn your back on one of your own who is being badly persecuted by the king of the Manor Farm against your conscience or other reasons selfishly beneficial to you so be it.


Remember, it may be your turn in the near or far future to be victimized by the same King of the Manor Farm. Vote for your right conscience. May God protect you; give you all wisdom on how to contribute towards the progress of Nigeria and guide you in making the right choice. Long live NGF.