Apparently in the spirit of reconciliation, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos state is seeking to withdraw the suit he instituted against Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state in the heat of the crisis rocking the Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF).
Consequently, he has applied through his lead counsel, Prof Yemi Osibajo to an Abuja high court to allow him withdraw the legal action against Governor Jang who is regarded as a factional chairman of the NGF.
Mr. Tayo Oyetibo, counsel to Governor Jang however opposed this, saying it was too late in the day for the Lagos state governor to bring such a motion, on the grounds that parties in the suit have already joined issues with each other.
Hearing of the motion has been fixed for September 9th 2013. Sequel to the controversy that trailed the election of the NGF which got Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers re-elected as the chairman, Governor Fashola had dragged Jang to an FCT High court challenging his claim to the chairmanship seat of the NGF.
Governor Amaechi had won the election by 19 votes, against 16 votes scored by his opponent and Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang.
Interestingly, despite the controversy, President Goodluck Jonathan recognizes Governor Jang as the chairman of the Forum.