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Incoming Governors: Don’t be railroaded into NGF crises – Dickson warns

With the meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) slated for today, Monday, May 18 2015, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, has cautioned his senior colleagues to ensure crises-free NGF by ensuring that new leadership of the forum is by popular mandate, reports ITRealms.

This is coming as ITRealms gathered that tenures of most of the current governors will be ending on Friday, May 29, this year with top on the agenda of NGF would be “selection of a new leadership of the forum” and not railroaded into NGF politics.

ITRealms also reports that Gov. Dickson disposition was based on his experience in the activities of the NGF at the period during its crisis with most of the outgoing colleagues whose tenure may be ending on May 29.

“… And having also known the roles played by most of the key actors of the forum in the orchestration and mismanagement of a needless crisis at such a critical phase in our nation’s political journey,” he said.

For Gov. Dickson, he owe it as a duty to this country and its fledgling democracy to alert the nation and caution respected colleagues, especially the in-coming governors of the dangers in allowing themselves to be railroaded by the out-going governors.

He also accused most of the outgoing governors of creating the NGF crisis, to foist on Nigeria and political system another NGF contraption invariably in their own image and likeness that will in due course threaten the stability of the democracy and be a distraction to citizens and the leadership of this country, as the NGF tussle has lasted for over two years since 2012.

“They failed to show leadership by example, when it mattered most. They played politics with everything and put their personal ambitions and egos above national interest. As a democrat, I believe in robust dialogue, disagreement and the need to accommodate a variety of opinions and consensus building where the national interest so dictates,” he said.

Declaring that as true democrats and nationalists, whether they agree or disagree, it must be in the national interest, stressing that they, most of the outgoing governors, refused to show throughout the crisis, even after the tireless and fatherly intervention of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who held series of late night meetings with NGF. 

“Most colleagues took the view that both Governors Jonah Jang and Rotimi Amaechi should step down for a neutral candidate to emerge. Again, they disagreed,” he decried and wondered what is the hurry in summoning a moribund and divided NGF under its multiple leaderships, especially in the dying days of its actors whose clash of egos and ambitions brought about the crisis in the NGF in the first place?

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) 

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