NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM: ANOTHER FRAUD IN THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE NIGERIAN NATION
As every well meaning Nigerian and non-Nigerian have warned severally over the consequences of the apparent constitutional and political impasse that has plagued the Nigerian nation for over 100 days with the disappearance of President Yar'Adua, a new but fraudulent and illegal power broker is utter quietly appearing on the Nigerian political landscape, under a complimentary name, Nigeria Governors' Forum.
Whereas, the Nigeria Governors' Forum is nothing but illegal, unconstitutional and sheer fraud as its composition and constitution is not backed by our Constitution or any statutory provision in Nigeria.
This ambitious forum is equally “unregisterable” under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990, a statute that empowers the Corporate Affairs Commission to carry out it functions of incorporating and registering corporate entities and personalities.
Nigeria Governors' Forum is a forum of serving Nigerian governors that are elected with a fix period and enjoy several special statuses as provided by the Constitution.
The same Constitution regulates virtually all the acts and omissions of these governors as well as it envisages the need for the Governors to meet if they so desired, this explains why our ground norm provides in the Third Schedules, Part I of the Constitution for only permissible congregation for discussion in the Council of State and National Economic Council meetings.
The Constitution also spelt out the functions to be performed by the governors in the two statutory bodies, it is however surprising that the Governors particularly those elected under the platform of PDP have turned the fraudulent Forum to ventilate and dictate their party inglorious policy to undermine the provisions of the Constitution of Nigeria.
I humbly ask, what is the rationale behind the Nigeria Governors' Forum's oblivious and deliberate disregards and breach of several constructional provisions beginning with disruptions of tenure of Local Government Council despite the simple and clear interpretation of Section 7 (1) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?
The impudence temperament of the Nigerian Governors' Forum to our Constitution and Nigerians aspirations and agitations became apparent when President Yar'Adua's ailment and its attendants parochial induced crisis.
Rather than toeing the provisions of our constitution and douse amber of looming crisis the Governors pursued selfish agenda and turned simple constitutional interpretation on its head, collaborated with the so called cabal to transformed its forum to the highest decision-making body in Nigeria by trying to dished orders to the Vice-President now our Acting President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces of Nigeria.
It is the same infamous Forum that gleefully came out from one of their illegal meetings to decree in military fashion to all Nigeria that one, that President Yar'Adua will not resign, two, that no medical board be instituted by the Executive Council of the Federation, to ascertain the health status of Yar'Adua and they end this constitutional impudent and the anti-people stance by decreeing that nothing can remove President Yar'Adua.
While the Forum's shameful reasons for “the survival of our democracy” are completely self serving, untenable, illegal, unconstitutional and fraudulent, I with Egalitarian Mission Africa, a duly constituted organisation made up of professionals in the love for rule of law in our nation, the interminable loyalty to our Nigerian sacred Constitution and our concern for the progress and well-being of the entire 140 million or more Nigerians who had actually toiled and sweated for framing this nation to be structured and continued existing as our only homeland and a true giant of Africa, have again call for the disbandment of the Nigerian Governors' Forum.
I also humbly call for investigation into the finance and affairs of this illegal forum to ascertain and determine the amount of public resources that have been diverted to finance the illegal forum.
Finally, it is my unshakable belief that it is not an illegal and parochial forum like the one instituted by the PDP Governors under the bogus name, Nigeria Governors Forum that will save Nigeria but the fundamentals of the organs of our government, instilled by honour, service and patriotism and persuaded by our statutes and superior point of views that will be used to haul the country from the present foxhole and clear all the real and imaginary impediments against full activation of our constitutional provisions in the extant event of unknown whereabouts and uncertain state of health of President Yar'Adua.
Barr. Kayode AJULO, Chairman, Egalitarian Mission, Africa.