You’re behind NGF crisis, ex-lawmaker tells Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has been accused of dividing and fuelling the controversy over the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) based on his largesse to some of them, his hatred and likeness for some.
Francis Okpozo, former Deputy Speaker, Bendel State House of Assembly (BSHA), who stated this in Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State Monday, maintained that apart from heating up the polity, Jonathan is also causing division among the states.
He said the development is not appropriate and that the NGF should be immediately proscribed as it is unconstitutional and undemocratic as the President likes some and does not like others.
‘’The president divides governors and divides states too. Let the governors work independently in their states because the governors carry a large crowd when they are going for the meeting.
“They stay outside their states, waiting for largesse from the President. They travel from their states to other states, leaving them ungoverned.”
He said that against the current backdrop of infighting among the governors and division based on an ulterior motive, which to his understanding, is the fight for who becomes the President in 2015, the forum has turned out to be another log in the wheel of the nation’s budding democracy.
Okpozo said the governors are concerned with high level politics instead of making a serious case for the review of the Statutory Revenue Allocation Formula, believing that if the formula is equitably shared, the governors will not have any business claiming to be agent of the President.
Looking back, he said that what was in vogue in the Second Republic before the military took over government in 1983 was not a Governors’ Forum, but each state having elected their governors under the platform of the different parties attend its own party governors’ meeting.
Unlike what presently obtains, Okpozo explained that the state chief executives were not collectively going to the Presidency as some belong to the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), the Nigeria People’s Party (NPP), the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) and the Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP) to discuss matters arising every day.
Citing the decision by former Bendel State Governor Ambrose Alli to take the Federal Government to court over the oil derivation fund in 1981.
Okpozo noted that should the President turn down a governor’s request because of some reasons, then the governor and the party has the right to take him to court to press for his rights.