By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State the winner of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum election which took place in Abuja has thanked all who made the re-election bid possible.
Amaechi said “Today our democracy was tested and proven. Democracy is about participation. The aim of democratic governance is for everyone to partake in winning”
He won re-election as the chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum defeating his opponent Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State by 3 votes.
Mr. Amaechi won 19 votes from the 35 governors present, while Mr. Jang, a late entrant to the competition garnered 16 votes. Gombe state governor was said to be absent during the election
Amaechi’s Acceptance Speech in full
“Today our democracy was tested and proven. Democracy is about participation. The aim of democratic governance is for everyone to partake in winning
Today the governors have spoken with one voice reaffirming our faith in democratic governance as the hope of Nigeria’s future. I must thank my colleagues for their tenacity and determination to ensure the unity of the forum but more importantly of our nation.
We remain committed to supporting our leader, the president and commander in chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr.Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to realize the development dream of all Nigerians by reducing tension, uncertainty and insecurity in our beloved country.
We want to pledge our steadfastness and resolve working alongside Mr. President to better the lives of our people as we render transparent and accountable stewardship.
Finally our thanks go to all those who have patiently endured these times especially our constituents and members of the fourth estate of the realm who have followed these elections with keen interest. We promise that we will not betray the confidence you have reposed in us.
Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON