The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has reacted to the accusation by the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that Governors contribute to electoral violence in the country.
Reports that Oshiomhole had accused state governors of the level of violence that usually trails election periods in the country.
Oshiomhole claimed that many governors secretly back political thugs who disrupt the election process, adding that the weapons used by the criminals could not be easily gotten.
He said this on Tuesday at a citizens engagement programme hosted by YIAGA Africa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Channels TV.
The former Governor of Edo State urged political leaders to support the efforts of security operatives to ensure the 2023 elections are violence-free.
Speaking with Vanguard on Wednesday, NGF Spokesman, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, said the forum does not discuss or engage in politics.
Bello-Barkindo said the forum only operates in areas such as Agriculture, Education, Security, Infrastructure, Health and Policy.
He said: “Sorry, the NGF does not discuss or engage in politics. It operates on six core mandate areas, which include agric, education, security, infrastructure, health and policy.”