Some prominent lawyers on Monday in Lagos said the ongoing crisis within the Nigeria Governors’ Forum was a threat to the nation’s democracy.
The lawyers were reacting to the dispute arising from the forum’s chairmanship election on Friday.
The lawyers told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews that the crisis was capable of derailing Nigeria’s democracy.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. Itse Sagay, said the action of the governors was an embarrassment and a threat to the country’s democratic experiment.
Sagay said, “It is shameful and embarrassing. The results were declared and we all saw it on national television.
“One would normally expect the loser to congratulate the winner but they left the venue in anger and decided to form a splinter group.
“Their actions have shown that they have contempt for democracy and the rule of law.”
Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch, Mr. Onyekachi Ubani, said the disputed election was a sad situation.
Ubani wondered why a group of only 36 persons could not conduct an acceptable election.
“The NGF, as it stands today, is already divided and it is a dangerous signal to our democracy,” Ubani said.