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NGF election crisis unfortunate for democracy – Cleric

By PROVIDENCE OBUH with agency report

Lagos — The Catholic Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Alaba Job, yesterday, described the crisis generated by the just-concluded Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, chairmanship election as “unfortunate” for Nigeria’s emerging democracy.”

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, recalls that 35 governors held the election under the umbrella of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, on May 24, 2013. Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Gov. David Jang of Plateau contested the chairmanship, with Amaechi polling 19 votes to defeat Jang who got 16.

However, Jang later claimed victory in an election he reportedly lost, leading to crises in the NGF.

Alaba Job told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that for the 35 governors deciding to go to court to validate the result of the body, NGF portrayed a very ominous sign for the forthcoming 2015 general elections.

He advised the governors to toe the line of reasoning by being truthful and come out with the exact statistics of the election.

He urged the governors to put aside sentiments.

The bishop urged the governors to rectify the problem themselves.

Alaba job said that solving the problem would be a good sign for the 2015 elections.


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