Attempts to polarise the Nigerian Governors’ Forum took a fresh dimension on Sunday evening with the emergence of Governor Godswill Akpabio as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Governors’ Forum, a new forum.
The forum is expected to be at par with the already divided NGF led by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.
The emergence of Akpabio, a known ally of President Goodluck Jonathan, was announced at the end of a late night meeting between the PDP governors and the President. With the development, it is believed that Amaechi’s power and influence as the chairman of the NGF would be greatly curtailed and whittled down.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting that extended into the early hours of Monday, Akpabio, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, said the PDP Governors’ Forum would not work in conflict with NGF. Akpabio said, “The Governors Forum still subsists and the new forum will not lead to a crack in the larger forum as other political parties also have the right to form a similar forum. “There was no move to remove the Rivers Governor as chairman of the Governors’ Forum.” He said the forum would only be meeting and be taking decisions on issues affecting the party.