The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has fingered President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as culpable in the brewing crisis in the Nigerian Governor’s Forum.
Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe who made the allegation in Lagos said that with what is going on in the NGF, the PDP and the President are creating doubts in the minds of Nigeria about their faith in democracy. “By now, Nigerians are all aware of the undue interest shown by the PDP and the presidency to annex the NGF for their self serving purposes before the NGF election. Such desperation found meaning in the orchestrated campaign of calumny the presidency and the PDP launched against the Chairman of NGF, Governor Chibuike Amaechi over the unfounded speculation that he was eyeing the Vice presidency”, the Igbokwe said.
He explained that despite extensive effort that the party put in to pervert the truth on the NGF issue, they had not been able to rally more than the 16 governors that actually voted for their candidate in the NGF election. According to him, the last meeting held under the Jonah Jang faction was a disaster which should have informed any group, no matter the length of the leash over its neck, that the game is up. He said that the Lagos ACN is disappointed at the attitude of the Jonathan presidency in the entire issue.
“Even as it had come out to issue a tongue-in-cheek denial of being involved in this deliberate crisis, we are all aware that the NGF crisis was birthed and nurtured in the presidency. We all know that the Jonathan presidency wrote and forced down the scripts of the present crisis on malleable governors whom it factors will procure the division or ultimate destruction of the NGF for its self serving interests”, the party said.