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I will stick to my mandate – Amaechi


Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, yesterday, described as sacred the mandate given to him penultimate Friday as elected chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum which he was ready to defend and vowed not to step down for any body.

Governor Amaechi who spoke with newsmen after he met with staff of the Forum at the NGF’s Secretariat, Asokoro, Abuja, insisted that he won the election and God was in the hall where the election took place.

He urged his colleagues who are pitching tent with Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State as a factional Chairman to stop these distractions and concentrate on good governance and development of their respective states.

When asked if he was ready to step down at the end of the day, Amaechi said, “stepping down, no, no, that is the mandate that was freely given and I will stick to that mandate.”

The governor noted that overheating the polity now because of a forum was uncalled for when Nigerians are dying of hunger, polio, poverty among others.

He said the governors should think of good governance and building legacies through what must have been provided for the people and not an office which does not attract any extra benefit except to preside at meetings.

Amaechi said, “We are busy here in Abuja and different state headquarters talking about NGF election when indeed Nigerians are dying of poverty and hunger”.

The Rivers State governor who was accompanied to the Secretariat by Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said the NGF which already has a Secretariat at Asokoro cannot have two secretariats, adding that the governors decided to go for an election when they could not arrive at consensus because no aspirant was prepared to step down for the other.

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