The Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, is gearing up for another round of crisis, following the alleged rude and condescending utterances from governors from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, against their colleagues from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Governors Adams Oshiomhole, Ibikunle Amosun and the NGF’s Chairman, Abdulaziz Yari, have been accused of masterminding gang-ups against PDP governors, denying them of speaking opportunities at meetings.
Oshiomhole was particularly accused of justifying his action, saying Edo State would have been denied the $75million World Bank loan it got if the PDP was still in government.
Three major issues are at the centre of the crisis: Speaking opportunities at NGF meetings and the APC governors opposition to their colleagues from the PDP being
part of Nigeria’s delegation to the United Nation’s General Assembly coming up in September and what the PDP governors termed ‘a selective anti-corruption war’.
PDP governors have given indication to boycott future meetings of the forum if the issues continue.
A close aide to one of the governors in the South-East told our correspondent that the crisis has to do with the utterances and side-lining of governors of the opposition in national matters and the apparent lopsided anti-corruption war.
The aide, who asked not to be named, said during the last NGF meeting in Abuja, Governors Oshiomhole and Amosun were rude to the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, while the chairman of the NGF severally ignored attempts by PDP governors to contribute to debate.
“It is apparent that the NGF cannot work with the way things are being handled by governors of the APC. How can Oshiomhole say that if it were during the administration of the PDP, Edo State would have been denied the $76million World Bank bond?
“I can recall that Lagos State government under former Governor Fashola got the World Bank loan, same for other opposition governors. To reduce contributions at a meeting of equals to such an issue is unfortunate. Besides, the APC governors opposed any of their PDP counterpart including our
chairman, Mimiko, from being part of the UN delegation. Is it not obvious that there is no need for the NGF?” The aide queried.
It was also learnt that at the recent National Economic Council chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, had to raise a point of order against Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, over the politicisation of the council.
Our correspondent gathered that Osinbajo had to caution the governors against partisanship at the NEC, stressing that all matters of politics should be left at the door.
It would be recalled that the NGF was factionalised over the election of a chairman a few years ago and only became united after the swearing-in of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Coordinator of the PDP Governors Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, was unsuccessful, as he did not pick his calls and failed to respond to text messages sent to him.

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