Indications have emerged that the much-publicised division within the Nigeria Governors’ Forum may be imaginary after all.
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi who dropped the hint in Ado-Ekiti disclosed that most of the governors, especially those in David Jang faction were also disgusted and unhappy with the state of affairs in the country but could not come out in the open to express their views.
According to him, “Though some of them appear pliant because they belong to the side where they cannot afford to verbalise their disgust and anger. When some of us now talk, they then call us behind and say thank you, please don’t stop”.
Fayemi revealed that the case instituted by the Governors’ Forum and which is presently before the Supreme Court was sponsored and still being financed by the 36 governors.
The governors had approached the apex court seeking abolition of the Excess Crude Account, challenging illegal deduction and disposition of joint assets without refund to the Federation Account for the owners of the assets.
Fayemi said further that “there is no single governor that did not contribute to the legal fees, even now. When it comes to money, there is no disagreement, I can tell you that, it may appear as if we have two Governors Forum. When it comes to our money, everybody is pained”.
Fayemi, who exonerated Governor Amaechi from blame over his disagreement with President Goodluck Jonathan, said “there is nothing that Rotimi Amaechi did, rather than being a good messenger of his colleagues in the Governors’ Forum. It has nothing to do with personal animosity, there was nothing he ever said that we did not send him to say. “You may disagree with his style or language but he delivered on the message that all of the 36 Governors sent him.”