How Did Amaechi ‘Shun’ The PDP Governors’ Forum?

It is sad that in politics, when a politician shows uprightness to favour
those he or she is with, many of them will show him or her outright
unfaithfulness to favour somebody else. This behaviour has portrayed
politicians, but most especially, those in our climes like lovers in
January, who feign love, just for Valentine in February. The Peoples
Democratic Party Governors Forum (PDPGF) is just like this ‘January Lovers’
doing everything, but anyhow, just for attention.

From the forum’s propaganda mill, they have used the word “shun” instead of
“absent” to chractersise Governor Chibuike Amaechi’s whispered noticeable
missing in a meeting of Monday 11th March that the forum held. Because
Amaechi is the besieged Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) that
the PDPGF has been fighting hard to pummel, propagandists added that
Amaechi conspired with six other PDP governors not to attend the meeting of
the PDPGF, chaired by the matchmaker-Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill
Akpabio.

On the other hand, Amaechi did not relent to reply those selling the
unsalable story against him. He described them as mischief makers; although
many Nigerians knew that that was an understatement to describe who the
traducers are.

Giving his reasons why he could not make it to attend the meeting, Amaechi
spoke through the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and
Communications, Ibim Semenitari thus: “Governor Chibuike Amaechi arrived
Abuja this morning after speaking at the Commonwealth Observance Day, held
at the Westminster Abbey in London. He was in the United Kingdom to make
Nigeria proud at the historic event. “Since 1973, Commonwealth Day has been
marked on the second Monday in March by a unique multi-faith observance,
where globally recognised persons, who are embodiments of the year’s theme
spirit, are invited to deliver evidence-based testimonials.”

It can be deduced that the makers and checkers in the hackneyed PDPGF are
doing everything unreasonably possible to divert attention from the real
issue of mis-governance in the country by bringing Amaechi’s name in their
blurred agenda. They did not want to know if Amaechi had other schedules
before the narrow-minded meeting. But whether Nigerians will ignore this
clichéd Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum or not which was formed to
insult Amaechi, is up to them.

The in-thing is that the PDPGF is not good for Nigerians’ discussion
because it was created to divert attention from the many issues at hand
begging for answers. Okay. Must Amaechi be in every meeting assuming he was
not outside the country as at the time of the tired PDPGF’s meeting? To be
honest, what Amaechi went for is to further clean-up the battered image of
the country of which the PDPGF is also a contributor.

It is only a forum like PDPGF that was formed in a hurry to betray Ameachi
that would not want Amaechi to travel so that Nigeria will not have a way
forward. Anybody saying that if truly that Amaechi was in London for the
Commonwealth program, he should have sent his deputy to represent him,
should also know that the name is Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum
and not, Peoples Democratic Party Deputy Governors Forum.

Have Nigerians become so depressed and feeble human beings who are out of
touch with reality because of politics? As if Mahatma Gandhi had Nigerians
at heart, and he said: “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts
become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your
behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your
habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

In spite of this, Amaechi should be advised not to go wrong when anybody or
group was going wrong. Amaechi should not apologize to anybody either. What
Nigerians are waiting from the dismal Peoples Democratic Party Governors
Forum is Christian and Muslim Governors forums. Then again, Amaechi should
take a clue from one Steve Maraboli this way: “People tend to be generous
when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite
eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet
we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what
you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that
fuel propel you into positive action.”

And if anybody doubts his loyalty to the PDP, Amaechi should remind that
person of what T.H. White wrote in the work, “Ghostly, Grim and Gruesome”
thus: “Life is such unutterable hell, solely because it is sometimes
beautiful. If we could only be miserable all the time, if there could be no
such things as love or beauty or faith or hope, if I could be absolutely
certain that my love would never be returned, how much more simple life
would be. One could plod through the Siberian salt mines of existence
without being bothered about happiness. Unfortunately happiness is there.
There is always the chance (about eight hundred and fifty to one) that
another heart will come to mine. I can’t help hoping and keeping faith and
loving beauty. Quite frequently I am not so miserable as it would be wise
to be.”

Written by
Odimegwu Onwumere
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