A meeting of the governors from the northern part of the country on Thursday after a meeting of the Northern Governors Forum, declared that the Rivers state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi is the elected chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum.
Speaking at the end of a meeting of the Northern Governors in Kaduna, the Governor of Nassarawa state, Mr Tanko Mr Al-Makura on behalf of the governors explained that members of the forum (Northern Governors Forum) stand by the result of the election which produced Mr Amaechi as chairman of NGF.
Mr Al-Makura, however revealed that the crisis rocking the NGF will be resolved internally.
The chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Mr Babangida Aliyu of Niger state added that the forum is making ‘informal efforts’ to reconcile aggrieved members of the Northern Governors Forum.
Governor Aliyu observed that the nation is going through a challenge and politicians must show their sense of patriotism and political maturity.
Five state governors from the region were present at Thursday’s meeting while seven other governors were represented at this meeting.
Those in attendance included Niger State Governor Dr. Babangia Aliyu, Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, Governor Dankwambo of Gombe State and Nasarawa State Governor, Al-makura.
States that were represented by the deputy governors are Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Borno, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto while other states like Benue and Plateau sent their Secretaries to State Governments.
Adamawa, Katsina, Yobe and Bauchi shunned the meeting, neither did they sent representatives nor apologies.
Dr Aliyu had in his opening remarks explained that governors of Adamawa and Taraba states sent their apologies for their inability to attend the meeting.
The forum also explained that efforts are being made to reach out to Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state, who was said to have withdrawn from the forum.
The NGF was divided into two factions following the outcome of the recent election of the chairman of the forum.
This is the first meeting of the northern governors’ forum since the controversial election.
The northern governors also resolved to raise a committee on the recent killing of security operatives in Alakio community in Nasarawa state.
They also resolved to commence implementation of the recommendations of the committee on reconciliation, healing and security.