28th May, 2013
Lagos lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, has described the crisis-ridden Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, as a distraction and a major problem to the country.
He also urged Nigerians to come together to disband this group that has members behaving like children as according to him, the governors had been spending public funds on a forum that should be a social club.
The lawyer, who however declared his support for Governor Chibuike Amaechi, the acclaimed winner of the election and Governor of Rivers State, described the NGF as an immoral assembly that ought to be dismantled by all means necessary.
“It is nothing but an avenue for unnecessary waste of public funds. I have no problem with governors forming a social club; but by all means let them not fund their ‘extracurricular’ social activities with our resources.
“As it stands today, the governors attend the NGF meetings with funds belonging to the states. This is unacceptable.
“The fact that such a social club exists in rich America is not a reason we must spend our lean resources facilitating club activities for our governors,” he said.
Describing the NGF as reflective of the frivolous predilection of the ruling elite and a group not different from clubs like the Police Officers Wives Association, and Civil Servants’ Wives Associations, Aturu said: “I would be glad to no end if the undemocratic rejection of the result of its chairmanship election terminates the NGF as we know it.
“Even if it does not, we, as a people have the duty to ensure that we kill the NGF. I do not know any progressive purpose it serves.
“Was it not the same NGF that supported or even incited President Jonathan to remove the mythical subsidies on the prices of petroleum products?
“So, let all the fora die, that is, let PDPGF, NGF and all GFs die. It is in the interest of our democracy that they die.”
Aturu noted that many Nigerians have expressed shock and disgust at the blatant rejection of the result of the election by “the open losers in that election, Governor Jang, his supporters and sponsors.
“I am not surprised at all by the behaviour or misbehaviour of Mr. Jang and his friends.”
He reminded the governors now crying fowl that in all democratic settings it is sacrilegious to question the procedure of an election in which one took part after the result of the election had been declared, particularly when the procedure is not known to have violated the constitution of the association or of any known democratic norm.
Aturu said it was therefore extremely childish, and irrational for the Governor Jang faction to have behaved the way they did.
“I believe no word can be too harsh to deprecate the unbecoming conduct of those governors who have rejected the result of the election.
I am only personally embarrassed that the governor of my own State, Dr. (Olusegun) Mimiko has been reported to be part of the nonsense,” he said in a statement he released on Monday.