Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi won last Friday’s election of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) with 19 votes , an amateur footage of the election released yesterday has proved.
Amaechi was reelected chairman after he defeated his only challenger, Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang , who had 16 votes.
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola captured most of the proceedings of the election on his mobile phone, it was learnt.
When the arrowhead of the opposition against Amaechi, Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio realised the proceedings were being taped, he charged angrily at Aregbesola. The Osun State governor asked Akpabio to stay away from the camera if he did not like it. Kwara State Governor AbdulFatah Ahmed also tried dodging the camera.
Despite the protest, Aregbesola found a way to continue the recording, even after promising that he would stop.
At a point in the video, one of the governors complained about the air-conditioning system. Another wondered what some women in an adjacent room were doing there and he was told they were staff of the NGF.
It also showed Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha battling with cold and taking a piece of toilet roll to clean his nose.
The video showed the intense maneuvering by the governors on both sides, documenting how the 35 governors voted, the counting of votes and the declaration of result by the Director-General of the Forum and Presiding Officer, Asishana Okauru.
There was so much noise at a point. Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi stood and said: “DG, can you start counting.”
The recording is the first documentary evidence of a transparent process in which Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan played the role of the Presiding Officer. He was standing by Okauru all through the sorting and counting of the votes and giving instruction to the DG on how to handle the ballots. He went back to his seat after the counting showed that Amaechi had won.
After the exercise, Okauru declared Amaechi the winner — to the disappointment of the pro-Jang governors.
Video of NGF election
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