The attention of His Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has been drawn to reports in some national newspapers, today October 31st, 2010 that the Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has been selected as the new Chairman of the NGF.

Since the reports, Dr. Saraki has received complaints from several State Governors who have denied any knowledge of, or involvement in the action. They argued that the meeting where the action was taken was not convened in accordance with the laid down procedures that have been followed over the years. They therefore see this development as inimical to the internal democratic process, the culture of inclusiveness and consensus on which the NGF was built, and on which it has operated.

Dr. Saraki wishes to note that due process and strict adherence to laid down procedures are paramount in any democratic institution. He assures all members of the NGF and the Nigerian public that these principles will be followed in this case.

Therefore, in keeping with the desire of majority of NGF members, he calls on the general public to disregard the said newspaper reports; saying that a meeting has been called where a decision will be taken on the issue of leadership of the NGF in keeping with the laid down procedures of the Forum.

Dr. Saraki wishes to note further that the strength of the NGF, which has played key roles in resolving some important political challenges in our country in recent years despite its varied membership, depends on the sense of belonging and inclusiveness that it is able to give to all its members. And for the NGF to continue to play this critical role in the politics and governance of this country in the future, its leadership must be positioned to readily inspire the confidence of all its members and be seen to be guided by laid down standards of democratic practice.

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