South South governors give in on Amaechi-Jonathan feud


Governors from the South South geo-political zone may have given in on the lingering ego crisis between President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, which has now taken a different dimension from what it previously was.
Though there have been several meetings at the behest of the leadership of the South South Governors Forum (SSGF) which comprises the BRACED (Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta) states, but no attempt has been made to reconcile the two political gladiators who incidentally are from the same political zone.
The anger of the governors stems from the fact that Jonathan is the only highest political leader from the region at the moment and deserves to be given all the support even in the face of the unprecedented attack on his administration and person by the opposition within and outside the country.
Sunday Independent scooped from a credible source close to the SSGF that the attack on the President “should have been propelled by somebody out of here (Niger Delta) and not from us as a people”.
The source hinted that the visit of 12 governors from the South West and the North, the bulk of whom are from the yet-to-be registered All Progressives Congress (APC), “is a clear indication that the whole gamut is politically-motivated against the President who is our own son, and we are looking at it from that perspective”.
The source disclosed that, in one of the several meetings held recently in Abuja, the region’s governors were said to have reasoned that amidst the political impasse that pervaded the nation’s political atmosphere during the ailing administration of late President Musa Yar’Adua and up to his eventual death, no northern governor spoke in favour of Jonathan even though it was very clear that the Constitution should vest power on him.
According to him, “when handshake goes beyond the elbow, it becomes something else”, noting that after the crisis in the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) seems to have been down-played, and governors of other regions have now taken the fight to another dimension.
“They (South South governors) are most angry because when the former President, Yar’Adua, was sick to the point of death, no northern governor spoke in favour of the South South region. They were rather pushing hard for the manipulation of the Constitution to their advantage.
“Nobody prays for the crisis in Rivers State. The governors want an immediate end to that unfortunate political situation but we must also learn to allow some sense of morality to guide our conduct.
“The President may not be responsible for what is happening in the region. What affects any state in the South South, affects all the states and the President comes from here. I think that all the parties involved in this whole thing should sheathe their swords for peace to prevail,” he said.
Speaking further, the source noted that such meetings as the recently held South South/South East Governors Forum in Enugu would have been the best outing to initiate a genuine reconciliation between Jonathan and Amaechi.
The Enugu meeting proffered opportunity for neighbouring states within the two regions to create a synergy in the area of infrastructural development which is considered the fastest way of improving economic growth and cooperation.
“The South South governors are quiet over the crisis because they may likely have given up on the whole matter because, apart from lingering for too long, the crisis has become highly political and it is against our interest as a people.

“There is no move for peace now. The governors are ready to go for the broke,” the source said.
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