Six governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were among the 15 that yesterday graced the meeting called by the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
But the governors postponed the meeting in order to honour the dinner invitation of President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa.
The meeting of the governors had coincided with a mid-term dinner organised by Jonathan.
The meeting, scheduled for 8pm, was billed to discuss the Federal Allocation Account Committee (FAAC) as well as the issues surrounding the Excess Crude Account/Sovereign Wealth Fund. They were also supposed to talk about the crisis in the forum.
But barely 15 minutes into the meeting, the governors resolved to honour the president’s invitation.
The state governors in attendance were Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Titi Laoye-Tomori (Osun deputy governor), Abdulazeez Yari (Zamfara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Alhaji Zannah Mustapha ( Borno deputy governor).
Speaking with journalists immediately after their brief meeting, Amaechi said the meeting was postponed to honour Jonathan’s invitation to a dinner.
He said, “There was no meeting. We decided to defer to the president. We agreed that, as compatriots and as governors of different states, we must honour and respect the president, and having invited us to a dinner, we decided to go for the dinner.”
He, however, said “the next meeting will be at the next National Economic Meeting (NEC).”
Corroborating him, Governor Kayode Fayemi said: “We are honouring the president’s invitation to dinner. If the dinner ends in good time, we will be back for our meeting. If it stretches longer than we anticipate, we would stick with the president.”
Savidnews.com understood that some other governors were prevailed upon not to bother coming since they had postponed the meeting in deferrence to the president.
The same number of governors – 16 – had recently graced Governor Jonah Jang’s meeting.