After a two-week period of calm, the Governors Forum crisis is set to return. The newly formed PDP Governors Forum plans to select a candidate who will replace Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
A meeting has been set for today by the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Chief Godswill Akpabio, even with Amaechi is out of the country on official duty. But Northern governors have launched a counter-plot, saying PDP Governors Forum cannot dictate to a larger body of the NGF. The Northern governors are also suspecting that the Presidency is behind the plot to crown one of them as the new NGF chair to foreclose power shift to the North in 2015.
The governor has, however, said he has not withdrawn from the race to seek a second term in office as NGF chair. Amaechi, tenure is expected to end in May and no date has been fixed for the election by the NGF. But since a fortnight ago when the NGF poll was postponed till May, the relationship between the Presidency and Amaechi has degenerated.
Attempts by some pro-Presidency forces to instigate the Rivers State House of Assembly against Amaechi backfired last week, with the Assembly passing a vote of confidence on the governor. Some ministers were implicated in the botched moves to instigate the Rivers State House of Assembly against the governor. It was also gathered that anti-graft agencies might be deployed in Rivers State as part of a grand plot to check “the Amaechi phenomenon”.
The Presidency also claimed that it had received security reports indicating that Amaechi is planning to launch a media war against it and some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). It was alleged that a secret committee has been set to “deal with President Goodluck Jonathan and a few isolated ministers”.