Nigeria Governor’s Forum Elects New Leader Today

Three serving governors, Rochas Okorocha of
Imo State, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and
Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfra State are the leading
contenders for the chairmanship race of the
Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

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According to PM News, the election of the
crisis-ridden forum is likely to hold today in the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Okorocha is the current chairman of the
Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), an
umbrella body for the state executives elected
on the platform of the All Progressives Forum
(APC).
Newly wedded Oshiomole, is also a strong
contender for the position as he is said to be
very close to the powers that will be in the
incoming ruling party. His loyalty to the party
overtime puts him in a good stand for the
position as he is seen as an active contributor to
the internal democratic process within the party.
For Yari, he stands an outside chance of getting
the seat as he is not popular among his
colleagues and also the fact that the President-
elect is not only from his region, but also from
his geo-political zone.
The forum was divided along party lines two
years ago following the claims and counter-
claims by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers
State and his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah
Jang, over the struggle of the forum’s leadership
after a disputed election.
Amaechi pulled 19 votes against Jang’s 16
votes. But the Plateau governor was declared
winner because of his closeness to the
presidency. This, however, led to the defection
of Amaechi and four other governors to the APC.
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that
governors of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), may boycott the elections taking place
today.

Already, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake
Dickson, has warned against holding another
governorship forum’s elections today, saying; an
election will be forcing a new leader on newly
elected governors.

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