*Shettima takes over from Babangida Aliyu
By Ibidapo Balogun
State Governors in Nigeria moved to mend the cracks within their ranks, which had rendered their association-Nigerian Governors’ Forum- prostrate for about two years now.
They held a unified session on Tuesday in Abuja where they more or less accepted Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi as Chairman, who in turn now handed over the leadership baton to Governor Abdulazizi Yari of Zamfara State as new chairman.
Gov. Yari emerged as new Chairman by consensus for a one-year period.
The two feuding camps of the Governors’ Forum had agreed to sink their differences and organised the unified session.
the election of a new chairman to succeed Amaechi in May 2013 had divided the forum down the line.
In a communiqué that emerged from the reconciliatory session, Amaechi, who read the communiqué, said the forum congratulated the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari over his election and also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat gallantly.
The NGF, however, categorically asked the Minister of Finance, Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to show details of withdrawal from the Excess Crude Oil accounts till date.
Meanwhile, Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima has also been elected as the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum. He took over from Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State.
Yari and Shettima are of the All Progressives Congress.
The NGF had been embroiled in crisis following the election in which Governor Amaechi was believed to have been returned but which some of the governors, mostly PDP governors, disputed, saying it was Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau that won.
Amaechi had defeated Jang by 19 votes to 16.