Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, who is also the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, was among six governors that were absent from the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum meeting, which was held in Abuja on Monday night.
Also absent were governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Dr. Babangida Aliyu (Niger); Seidu Dakingari (Kebbi); Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto); Musa Kwakwanso(Kano) and Sulivan Chime). Eight other governors, who were not at the meeting, sent their deputies unlike the six absentee governors. Seven governors and an acting governor(Taraba State), were also in attendance.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Chief Tony Anenih, was also at the meeting. Anenih was accompanied by the Secretary of the Board, Sen. Walid Jibril and a former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo. A former President of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani, was also at the meeting, which was held at Akwa Ibom Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The refusal of Amaechi to attend the meeting might not be unconnected with the reported plans by the Presidency to remove him as the chairman of the NGF. The Presidency is believed to be using some governors to remove Amaechi, believing that he was not working with the move to return President Goodluck Jonathan to power in 2015.