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EXCLUSIVE: Reps to discuss NGF, Amaechi stand-off Tuesday

LEGISREPORTS NG – The controversial election of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) which has factionalized the body and produced several spin-off in the polity since Friday may very likely engage the attention of the House of Representatives during plenary tomorrow, Tuesday.


LEGISREPORTS findings in the House indicated that some members of the lower chambers are warming up to table the re-election of Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State as chairman of the NGF for discussion and possibly, issue a resolution.


It was gathered that the intervention of the House on the NGF issues will likely be brought to the floor as an unscheduled motion of public (national) importance in a manner that seeks to highlight the victory of democracy and free will over imposition as demonstrated by the governors who voted for Amaechi as NGF chairman.


Feelers received from several members of the House on the issue indicate that Amaechi may receive some sympathy when the matter is raised on the floor.


Many of the members are likely to support the Rivers State governor because he is believed to be under persecution from the presidency and powerful forces in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


The thinking among some of these members is that Amaechi’s election against the grain of the ruling party and the presidency is reminiscent of the emergence of the duo of Hon. Waziri Tambuwal and Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.


Recall that on the issue of the grounded aircraft said to belong to the Rivers State government, the House through the report of a joint ad-hoc committee, threw its weight behind Amaechi and the state government while blaming the aviation ministry authorities and calling for the prosecution of Caverton Helicopters.


The House may toe a similar line tomorrow if the NGF issue is brought to the floor by pro-Amaechi members.


However, LEGISREPORTS also gathered that the pro-Amaechi members of the House may not have an easy ride as those sympathetic to the PDP and the presidency may give them a heated time.




This report was prepared by our reporter in the national assembly


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