The controversial endorsed Chairman of the new Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) who is the Governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang, said yesterday, on arrival from the stressful controversy in Abuja, that he did not indeed bargain for what has come his way. But he was, however, quick to add that his emergence is “God’s will.”
Jang, who is an unwilling endorsed Chairman of the Forum in Abuja at the weekend, attributed his emergence to the divine grace and intervention. He responded to only three questions at the Yakubu Gowon Airport yesterday when his Plane touched the ground by 9.15am on the dot via chartered Jet marked 5N-BMR. Journalists who were loaded with questions for the governor were, however, disappointed when the Director of Press Affairs to the governor, Mr. James Mannok, intervened after three questions, saying “that is all right.”
At the brief interview at the Airport, Jang said, in response to a question whether he really bargained for what he has got now, that “I did not bargain for what I have got. But that is God’s Will.”
On his feeling being the NGF chairman, Jang said, “Well, as far as I am concerned, I have been given an assignment and by the grace of God, I will do my best to unite the Forum to make sure that the Governors’ Forum has the right leadership for the people of Nigeria because we are governors that govern the states.
“We are bound to work together with one another. The NGF leadership election or selection or whatever you want to call it, should not divide the governors. We have one purpose. We are elected by the people and we have to work for the people. We have worked with Governor Rotimi Amaechi very successfully and Amaechi should just come down and work with me so that we can continue to give Nigerians the right leadership for electing us as their governors,” he added.
The governor said that as he had once worked with Amaechi as chairman of the NGF, he expects him also to work with him so that they will collectively give the nation the right leadership.
On Saturday, when the news filtered into the town that Governor Jang had been endorsed as the Chairman of NGF, local musicians started waxing records congratulating him on his new position before he even came to the state.
That Saturday, the Deputy Governor, Ambassador Ignatius Longjan, mobilized commissioners, politicians, Special Advisers and other stakeholders including journalists to the airport to receive the governor. They were there from 4.pm to 6.30pm when Longjan, probably working on the latest development from Abuja, addressed the people including the journalists that the governor would not be able to come until the next day (yesterday).
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