31 January 2013

Nigeria: 'Governors Forum Is Like Gang of Kidnappers'

The Governors' Forum is now operating like a gang of political kidnappers who use the stupendous wealth and power at their disposal to kidnap their political parties, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Chyna Iwuanyanwu has said.

Iwuanyanwu, who was last year schemed out of the race for the office of the PDP National Publicity Secretary, told some Journalists in Abuja yesterday that the activities of the forum are worse than those of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, adding that the forum constitute a major threat to the Goodluck Jonathan administration and democratic governance in the country.

Admitting that there is nothing wrong with a platform to promote interaction and exchange of ideas amongst governors, he noted that the Governors' Forum has now degenerated into a political cabal whose only agenda is to hijack government at all levels with impunity.

"Some governors are worse than the combined effect of Boko-Haram and kidnappers. They have kidnapped and crippled their local governments, their state Houses of Assembly and even their state judiciary to the extent that state legislatures are voting against their own autonomy.

"The National Assembly has been forced to abort the public opinion poll on the autonomy of local governments just to please 36 extra ordinary Nigerians called governors.

"Governors have become pharaohs and emperors running their states like demi-gods. Nigeria and the political parties has become hostage of the governors, they determine the choice of presidential and vice presidential candidates, they also appoint and impose candidates for all positions in the leadership of political parties at all levels.

"They also singlehandedly decide candidates for State Assemblies and the National Assembly because they are in absolute control of delegates who are selected by them", Iwuanyawu said.

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