President Goodluck Jonathan has finally opened up on the circumstances leading to the crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, saying that at a point, the Forum, under governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State was a monster.
The President, who spoke today when leaders and stakeholders of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from North Central geographical zone, paid him a solidarity visit at the Presidential Villa, thanked the zone for saving him and his office from embarrassment by producing governor David Jonah Jang of Plateau state to lead the Forum.
“When the Governors’ Forum became a monster and we had a lot of challenges, it was the North Central that came on board to stabilize the governors’ forum.
“The way some of the governors talk and behave, if 50 percent of the governors behave that way, probably, we would have vacated this place and allow others to come and manage it for us. But they (the North Central) have been able to help to stabilize the whole country.
The President acknowledged that North Central zone has been able to produce very great leaders that are patriotic leaders.
He promised to continue to work with the zone and encourage the people to be more supportive.
“As we approach elections next year, let us know the problems on time; we will work with you to ensure PDP continues to maintain the zone.
On security challenges facing Benue, Plateau and Nasarawa states in particular, President Jonathan said that already security personnel have been drafted to and are moving in to the trouble spots to strengthen the conventional security apparatus.
He said that he is working very hard with the National Security Adviser’s office to make sure that the security challenges across the country, whether in Borno state or the kidnapping in Edo state, Bayelsa state, Rivers state, Abia state and so on are tackled.
“We are coming up with different architecture that will deal with this insurgency. As we progress, we will begin to bring the situation under control.”
The North Central PDP stakeholders were led to the Villa by former National Chairman of the Party, Senator Ahmadu Ali and made up of PDP governors, Senators (including Senate President, David Mark), House of Representatives members, elders and party leaders from the zone.