The Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa Abuja, the venue of the Wednesday Council of State meeting was momentarily turned into a theatre hall this morning before President Goodluck Jonathan’s arrival.
For Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, the Council of State meeting provided an opportunity to tease his Rivers counterpart, Rotimi Amaechi.
On sighting Amaechi at the venue of the meeting, Lamido jocularly quizzed: “Ah! Amaechi, what are you doing here?”
The Rivers State governor responded with a loud burst of laughter and said “You”.
Amaechi is the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organisation; while Lamido is the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council for North-west.
The two governors recently held a closed door meeting; a development that has left political observers guessing.
For Niger State Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu, it was not necessary to shake hands with
Governors Amaechi and Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto) at the Council of State meeting. Instead, Aliyu bypassed the duo to exchange pleasantries with former Chief Justices of Nigeria, Justices Alfa Belgore and Dahiru Mustapha.
The chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio
appeared jolted as he watched the two factional chairmen of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Amaechi and Jonah Jang shaking hands.
Since 2013, Amaechi and Jang have been laying claim to the chairmanship of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum.