President Goodluck Jonathan is not acting like a statement but one who is working towards a selfish regional agenda, says Prof Itse Sagay, a prominent human rights and constitutional lawyer.
Lambasting Jonathan for endorsing the defeated Governor Jonah Jang-led faction due to his personal 'issues' with Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Prof Sagay said:
“Everybody knows that there is only one legitimate faction of the NGF and that is the one led by Rotimi Amaechi. For a President it is a big mistake, he should not take sides
He should have worked with the chairman that was elected, that is what a statesman President should do, instead he is now leading those who are contesting against Amaechi. He has become a factional leader.”Also, other prominent lawyers and Opposition parties on Sunday blasted the President for recognising the Jonah Jang faction of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
Jang faction on Friday visited Jonathan who recognised Jang as the Chairman of the Governors Forum.
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, said the President’s action was a travesty of democracy. The ACN, in a statement on Sunday said the President’s ill-advised decision had shown that he had little or no respect for democracy.
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, spokesman Rotimi Fashakin said “The deception did not travel for too long. President Goodluck Jonathan’s endorsement of Jang as the ‘elected’ Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum has finally exposed the source of the contrived crisis in the NGF.
“President Jonathan did not believe that the Rivers Governor’s re-election would be helpful to his own re-election bid in 2015... For any dispassionate and discerning observer, this puerile predication of the anti-Amaechi group’s dissent is laughable and utterly ludicrous."