Reasons Why Most G7 Govs Shuns Ameachi’s Sokoto Retreat Emerges

Reasons Why Most G7 Govs Shuns Ameachi’s Sokoto Retreat Emerges


Fresh facts have emerged on the poor attendance of G7 governors at the retreat organised by Governor Chibuike Amaechi-led Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) in Sokoto at the weekend.

Daily Sun learnt that the poor attendance was fallout of the intra-politics of the G7 governors, who were to hold a meeting to consider the possibility of defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The retreat organised by Governor Amaechi’s faction of the NGF in Sokoto over the weekend suffered a low turnout of governors, as only seven out of the 19 governors in the faction attended the highly publicised event, while five others were represented by their deputies.

A reliable source told Daily Sun last night that a sharp division seems to have occurred within the ranks of the seven governors after their second visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, where they went to seek his support for the move to dump the PDP.

The former president was said to have counseled the governors to sort out whatever differences they had with President Goodluck Jonathan rather than contemplate defecting from the PDP.

Governors of Rivers, Sokoto and Adamawa, Daily Sun learnt, were said to be surprised that the former president was still hopeful that the PDP crisis could be resolved before the next general elections.

It was gathered that the NGF retreat in Sokoto meant to be a forum to take a common action on movement to APC.

One of the seven governors, who spoke to Daily Sun frowned at what he called the desperation of Governor Amaechi to railroad others into a ‘political suicide,” which decamping from the PDP could amount to. He said that was the reason some of them boycotted the retreat and only sent in their deputies, who could not take any decision of such delicate political consideration.

Further findings showed that Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano are in a dilemma, as the APC structures in their states are in the firm control of sworn political enemies, who will rather leave politics than submit to their leadership, in the event of a defection.

While former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau and his supporters hold sway in Kano APC and have vowed to resist moves by the national leadership of the party to force Kwankwaso on them, Kwara State ACN governorship candidate in the 2011 general elections, Barrister Dele Belgore, maintains a strong structure in the APC, which will resist the political machinery of the Sarakis.

Also, the subtle threat by the National leadership of the PDP to dissolve the Kwara State exco and appoint elements loyal to the Bamanga Tukur leadership if the Kwara governor and his godfather continue their open romance with the opposition APC is also a factor in Kwara. This may account for why the senator may be playing smart by advising the Kwara governor to also shun the Sokoto retreat organised by the Amaechi faction of the NGF.

It was also gathered that of the seven PDP governors, who are opposed to the leadership of Bamanga Tukur, the governors of Niger and Jigawa prefer to heed the advice of former President Obasanjo and still seek further peace options within the party, while Amaechi has indeed, concluded plans to ditch the party and move into the APC.

A meeting of former speakers of the state Houses of Assembly, called by Amaechi a few days ago, it was gathered, afforded him an opportunity of announcing his imminent defection to the opposition party and asking his former colleagues to initiate moves in their various states to do same.

Another factor being put into consideration by some of the G7 governors, to distance themselves from the Amaechi-led NGF, is the possibility of an action by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against them if they continue in their open confrontation with the Federal Government. This fear is fuelled by the last week’s arrest of two sons of Governor Lamido by the anti-graft body on allegations of diversion of a sum of N10 billion belonging to Jigawa State Government.

When the NGF retreat was holding in Sokoto, Governor Lamido was sighted in his Area 2 residence in Abuja over the weekend.

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