Notes On The NGF Crisis

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It has taken this long for me to make any comment on the festering crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) because it is hard to believe or assimilate what is happening. The level of executive and presidential shamelessness is very hard to fathom. And the more we look, the less we understand.

There are some issues that must be made clear from the outset. First, the NGF election was clearly a contest between President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Rotimi Amaechi. Governor Jonah Jang only happened to be a tool or a victim, if you like. Second, even though Governor Amaechi won, the election was more about a referendum on President Jonathan than a show of love and affection for Governor Amaechi. If the election was repeated tomorrow and the roles and perception reversed, that is, Governor Amaechi became perceived as Jonathan’s candidate and Jang as anti-Jonathan, Jang would win. The referendum only confirmed how unpopular Jonathan has become.

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