Price Check

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Pres Jonathan denies involvement in NGF elections, urges Governors to resolve their differences

State House Press Release...
We have noted with regret the mischievous effort by sections of the mass media to portray President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as an interested party and the main loser in yesterday’s election of the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).
Contrary to the impression of Presidential partisanship and interference in the affairs of the Governors Forum erroneously conveyed by some headlines in the media today, President Jonathan who is currently leading Nigeria’s delegation to the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa had no preferred candidate in the NGF elections and could therefore not have been “floored” by any other candidate as some newspapers sensationally reported.
President Jonathan has the greatest possible respect for the Nigerian Governors Forum as an independent body of mature, responsible, and knowledgeable elected political leaders who have a critical role to play in strengthening democratic governance in the country, and who are quite capable of running their own affairs without being tele-guided, as some media reports misleadingly implied.
The President has always shown a willingness to work harmoniously with any leadership freely and independently chosen by the Governors Forum for the collective progress and development of all sections of the country and will continue to do so.

He has not in the present instance or ever before, interfered in elections to leadership positions in the Governors Forum. Reports in the media which convey that impression are totally off the mark and the handiwork of mischievous individuals and groups with the intention of sowing the seeds of discord and disunity in the polity.

President Jonathan trusts that as true democrats and respected national political leaders, members of the Governors Forum will quickly resolve the issues and differences amongst them which emerged yesterday and continue to contribute effectively to national development as a strong, and progressive body.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
May 25, 2013

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wat i dont understand is y there is so much hussle for a position dat has no constitutional power watsoever?

Stephen Omamuli said...

its very obvious that Jonathan thinks we are kids, the closer we get to 2015 general election the more the drama. As far as am concerned politics in Nigeria is still 90% dirty, so u guys play it out we are watching

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Unscrupulous politicians! Zip it pls!

Anonymous said...

The chairman of the Governor's forum indirectly wields soo much influence in the emergency of any presidential candidate because precedence has shown that.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Oh! Like you were expecting to say he interfered.
Reuben defends comments made on Newspapers.
Reno defends comments made on the internet via social media.
Okupe defends comments made on television stations.
Maku defends comments made on radio stations.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Peter said...

I asked the same question today. Wts d whole brouhaha about dis position? Bunch of retards out to only enrich themselves

theophilus abuh Agada said...

Honestly,,Nigerian media hve lost focus and dier Quest τ̲̅ȍ make point out of no point ȋ̝̊̅Ƨ̷̜̌̋ doing harm dan G̶̲̥̅ơ̴̴̴̴̮͡ơ̴̴̴͡d̅..d so called rift btw presido and amaechi ȋ̝̊̅Ƨ̷̜̌̋ often time blown out of proportion..and beside r dere not still in d same part?? Do we knw weda ȋ̝̊̅Ƨ̷̜̌̋ a calculated attempt by PDP τ̲̅ȍ remain in power??? Y has amaechi not come out τ̲̅ȍ say he ȋ̝̊̅Ƨ̷̜̌̋ bin witchhunted?? D media adviser τ̲̅ȍ amaechi has debunked dis rumour on several occasion,so y mkin cheap polity out of it???? Pls leave mr president alone, for all I cares he ȋ̝̊̅Ƨ̷̜̌̋ true democrat...linda tnk Ў☺ΰ very much for a job well done....

Anonymous said...

Why does the president respond to every little thing. Its a bit petty i think. The real issues that require transparency are not addressed. But theee minor gossips are really taken seriously. Think its this reuben. He sounds petty folosh and spiteful

Anonymous said...

Say for me, this NGF should be abolished becos it's culminating into one hing hat might be deadlier than Boko haram. When Soyinka and co brought students union in our various institutions then, their aim was to have a create a forum for students so that they would not be subjugated, but today, we all are witnesses as to how the supposed good tidings, now bought us pains and sorrows( the cultism in our institutions).

So, if care is not taken, Governors forum in Nigeria is becoming another epidemic in our nation Nigeria. Let every governor go and mind his states bikokwanu. They are not supposed to be seen romancing with mr. President or the presidency. Either HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY or SENATE should be abolished and whichever one that should remain, has to be a job based on part time. Our legislatures should be school teachers, principles, doctors,lawyers, journalists, bloggers, traders, mscians etc but will always gather for two or three times in year for sittings and all gather together in a case of an emergency. Not taken thir legislative posts as a full time job. They hold be closer to the people that voted thm who they re supposed to be representing, thereby knowing thir problems and taken it to floor of the senate on the day of sitting. U can't be in Abuja and claim to be representing Linda Ikeji when that same Linda can't see u freely at will to lay her complaints to u as one who represents her. Fellow LIBers, lets vote me in power to reorganize and resuscitate our dear nation NIGERIA from slumber and state if QUAGMIRE.

OGAZI-CHINA.

Anonymous said...

Whoever seats or occupies d position has d backing of oda governors n probably GEJ, n is probably at an advantage come 2015... Nigeria political formular! Mugunzzz

Anonymous said...

The people think that we are fools abi, idiots. First because of the problem between GEJ and Ameachi and he's the chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum you create PDP Governors forum and make Godswill Akpabio the chairman over Ameachi because he's PDP Governor. Now Ameachi has been re-elected as the Chairman of NGF Akpabio is saying they will protest against the election. Who doesn't know that Akpabio is just an errand boy for GEJ. Am still here chilling and wetin as the drama unfolds *ThatFunctionGuy*

patalex said...

Dey dere nah money nah

Anonymous said...

Jonathan is a confused president. instead of him to concentrate on important national issues like security,unemployment. He is busy dabbling into Governor's forum elections. KMT.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter to Dem as far as dier national cake is not denied dem , τ̣̣ђё constitution are just designed words dat are there for keeps!

Anonymous said...

Some media got it wrong,if Gej has PDP has interest on the said NGF PDP governors from the north will route for Amaechi but that did not happen,Northern governors wants one of their own to be the chairman of NGF which they did not get..i wonder what some media houses have degenerated themselves to such mouth piece of Tinubu and Buhari..Out of 23 PDP governors 14 voted against Amaechi..so why all these noise?

Anonymous said...

President GEJ is a good example of the proverbial woolf in sheep clothing. He knws about the evil plans but always claims he doesn't. I wonder why him and his corrupt political aids are so bitter that Gov Amaechi won the election. Gov Akpabio is the biggest "push and start " human being I have ever seen in my life. They should accept the result of the election jor! GEJ is a failure as far as leadership is concerned. Please don't ask who I'm I! I'm a Niger Deltan.

Anonymous said...

All this old school can not conduct just this simple election and let the nation have peace.

Sir Sokari Dappa Andrew-Jaja said...

This press release should have come out before the NGF elections. Now it smacks of or insinuate regret and apology. Abati, wake up at the proper time. Abati, wake up in the morning. Don't go looking for a black goat in a dark night.

Anonymous said...


Tunji Adeniji wrote on facebook:

"To all these pro-GEJ peeps, may ur lives be run exactly d way GEJ is running naija. I dare u to say amen!"
Me sef I dare Uncle Ruby Abati to say amen.....#talkingrubbish:). The man he said was leading AU delegation was drunk and missed his speaking slot and only showed up during the photo session.Yet Ruby still finds a pen to write, destroying all he stood for. #shame!

Olaleye Adisa said...

I think Gej is not too much concern with their result, people are only look for a way to make news out of dis noni.

ANYA IKENGA said...

What's actually the work and importance of this forum?

Ade Kehinde said...

Mischief all the way....You said all these and yet could not find the time to congratulate the declared winner. Well, possibly a pointer that the result would still be contested. I am just wondering when we will truly start living the ethos of democracy in words and in deeds. God bless Nigeria.

oisa said...

Na today?GEJ can not swear dat he had no interest,he hates Amechi wth a passion.

Anonymous said...

God pass una

Anonymous said...

My thoughts exactly!

Anonymous said...

Na lie why deny it now, when akpabiobio lol was fronting no denial, air craft grounded no denial I even witnessed protest against Amaechi. Abeg comot joo God is not fooled.love Linda

Anonymous said...

ΌwƘαƔ Mr president,we've heard Ʊ. Anything else Ʊ want †̥♥ deny?

Anonymous said...

you will be surprise how much that is involve in that position

Anonymous said...

bieng a governor is it not enuf.akpabio tink,after power where else.fighting ur fellow broda in d name of post.

NELLYDOZZY said...

#InASleepyMode....and Let the accusations Stop...Just move the country ONWARd...datsall....

kelly said...

I don't get it, Amaechi won on thursday now Jonah is presiding as chairman what happened

Anonymous said...

Trust me,there is mighty constitutional powwer to it.FG claims to have no hand in it,I see your finger prints all over.If an election is conducted n the result doesn't go down well with you (probably from all the bile they exude) why not do the right thing by contesting it in court instead of over ruling..where's d democrasy we preach?

June/July Academic session,Makeup Artistry www.studioseraph.com

jolaw said...

If truly gudluck's hand was nt involved in d election,y didn't he release a press statement congratulating gov ameachi d winner of d election?shame on mr president cus problems has jst began,u tink U fuck wit ameachi d way u did wit sylva

M.E.D said...

They shld stop making noise abeg!

Anonymous said...

Mitcheeewwwwwwwwww

Anonymous said...

This man shuld stop tellin us lies. What on earth will make him think that we will believe him after his toy soldiers hv failed... G.F is nw a cabal 4riggin elections and GEJ really need them for his selfish ambition cum 2015. Making unconstitutional body luks important, just like d case of 1st lady... Finally GEJ shuld be VERY disapointd dat his toy GOVERNORS failed him again!

*myself*

Anonymous said...

Yeah is true I believe him

Anonymous said...

SHAME! SHAME!! SHAME!!! SHAME!!!!.... FINALLY SHAME ON YOU SIR!

Anonymous said...

Mitcheeeeewwwwwwwww,May God bless nageria and rid us all of these political men that are power hungry and only care about themselves, our 1st lady is a mess and gej promised us fresh air but all nigeria have breathing is nothing but air filled with hunger, unemployment,killings,corrupt leaders and embezzelement and more!

Anonymous said...

Na them sabi

Anonymous said...

I am disappointed in the presidents media people. They are totally clueless at doing their jobs. I feel sorry for Mr president. If I were them next to the "HURRICANE AMECHI" headlines there should have been correct headline lines like " JONATHAN WINS! GOVERNORS FORUM IN DISARRAY " or in soft sell media " GOD HAS TURNED ENEMIES OF NIGERIA AGAINST EACH OTHER NGF IN CHAOS" make things exciting instead of sounding like broken radios -irritating and senseless. Abati and partners una no try at all. You sure have misplaced your vocation.

Anonymous said...

This type of an excuse from the presidency is rather unfortunate indeed and it really casts aspersion on the the general sensibility of all progressive nigerians. Why do the political leaders often take nigerians for fools?

Anonymous said...

Jona ur reward on da pple of nigeria is in heaven...#nuffSaid

9jadeltapikin... said...

Naijadeltapikin... @annon 11:36 I don't knw Ooº°˚˚°ºoo all ds our leaders that want Τ̅☺ kill demselves on top of power, may God help dem, bro jona α̲̅πϑ U̶̲̥̅̊я media man uncle reuben isssokay, Wƺ don hear U̶̲̥̅̊ α̲̅πϑ U̶̲̥̅̊я oga @ d top U̶̲̥̅̊ hear.

sQo said...

A President that tells lies shamelessly everyday

Anonymous said...

Whose a becomes d NGO chairman will directly or indirectly influence d 2015 elections

Sunday Otuns said...

The ngf is politics and should not be nigerians business at all.unless if they want to prevent any good policies of fg that is when i will interfere.

TobiNigeria said...

Ha! L'aiye Baba yabo!( Adjusts blouse the way yoruba women do). Lai lai!!! Kole shile! Goodluck yi slow fa!(In ilorin accent)

Anonymous said...

Cover up Story.. Medicine after death!

Anonymous said...

Incase u don't know, Governors forum is the major opposing power to the dictatorship happening in our government,the President wanted somebody he can manipulate....but unfortunately for him a vibrant opposition emerged.congrats Amaechi.

G's said...

If President Jonathan has respect for the NGF and has no preferred candidate then he should have shown himself as the bigger man by congratulating Amaechi. He should consult me to learn how to turn every situation to his favour. Lol

Anonymous said...

There is no evil that can be done to any man,than to take away what belong to him.If they suceed they will surely reap it.Leave them alone