Embattled Rivers State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Chibuike Amaechi, has debunked speculations that he is quitting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the coalition of merging opposition parties in the face of the challenges he is facing with the presidency. Amaechi, last month, was upstaged by the presidency when it pushed for the establishment of the PDP Governors Forum, a parallel body, intended to whittle the influence of the NGF. The presidency was alleged to have also been behind the plot to unseat Amaechi as the chairman of the NGF and the amendment of its constitution.
Another issue, which had made Amaechi unhappy, was the handling of the dispute over the ownership of the oil wells between his state and Bayelsa State, which is President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state. It was as a result of the presidency’s alleged antagonism towards Amaechi that led to the widely held belief that he was at the vanguard of aggrieved governors elected on the PDP platform who might defect.
However, in order to stop their defection, the president had mandated the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih, to embark on reconciliatory visits to each of the aggrieved governors to appeal that that they remained with the party.