Plot by some governors to remove their colleague in Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum failed in Abuja on Wednesday night. Findings by our correspondent showed the governors’ allegedly supporting President Goodluck Jonathan had hatched a plan for Amaechi’s removal before Wednesday’s meeting, which took place at Rivers State Governors’ Lodge.
However, unknown to the pro-Jonathan group, Amaechi and his allies, said to be in the majority in the forum, had plotted their strategy to neutralise the plan. Amaechi, it was gathered, therefore, directed the Director-General of the Forum, Mr. Asishana Okuaru, to include change of leadership in the agenda of the meeting. Our correspondent gathered that as soon as the meeting started, Amaechi asked the entire forum’s secretariat staff, including Okauru to excuse the governors “for a brief discussion.”
One of the governors at the meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity said, “As soon as the administrative staff left the hall, Amaechi threw the bombshell, stating they would discuss the leadership of the forum as there are uncomplimentary comments that he was dictatorial. “He then asked that any of us interested in taking over as the chairman of the forum to indicate his interest, saying he was ready to step down.” However, no governor raised his hand.
Amaechi became the forum’s Chairman in June 2011 following the completion of tenure of former Kwara State Governor, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Further investigations showed that a governor from North-West and another from the South-South (names withheld) were behind the failed plot to remove Amaechi.