The Presidency has distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from Friday’s controversial election of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the presidency claimed Mr. Jonathan played no role and had no preferred candidate in the election.
Mr. Amaechi was re-elected despite stiff opposition from his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and allegedly by Mr. Jonathan, the party leader. The Rivers Governor is currently facing many challenges, many of which have been allegedly caused by his confrontation with the president. The federal aviation ministry grounded a private plane owned by Rivers State on excuses federal lawmakers described as frivolous; while Nigerian police officers were recently deployed to a Rivers council against the wishes and orders of the governor and to prevent Mr. Amaechi’s appointee from resuming office.