Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara has called on the two opposing groups in the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to reconcile their differences following Friday’s disputed chairmanship election.
In a statement issued in Ilorin on Sunday, Ahmed said reconciliation had become necessary for the NGF not to lose sight of its objective of peer review for development.
The NGF broke up into two factions on Friday after the forum’s secretariat declared Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers reelected as chairman of the group by 19 votes to Governor Jonah Jang’s 16.
But a faction led by Jang and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom disputed the result, arguing that Amaechi should have stepped down before the election took place.
The statement, signed by Ahmed’s chief press secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, said the governor made the call while speaking with journalists on his return to Ilorin from Abuja, where the NGF election took place.