The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday described the actions of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on the controversial $418 million Paris Club contractors’ fee as “fraudulent and self-serving.”
Malami has been at the forefront of ensuring the said sum is paid to the so-called consultants contrary to the position of the governors, who are in opposition to the payment.
The governors in a communique issued at the end of a meeting on Wednesday held at the Conference Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja reiterated their position. In it, they also hurled insults at the Attorney-General.
Part of the communique: “The Forum set up a committee comprising the chairman, the Governor of Ekiti State, the Vice Chairman, the Governor of Ondo State, the Governor of Plateau State, the Governor of Nasarawa state, and the Governor of Ebonyi State to interface with the committee set up by Mr President to review the matter.
“But the position of the Governors’ Forum is clear and unequivocal. Although this matter is sub judice and we are very reluctant to get in the way of a matter that is still being pursued in court.
“We are constrained by the manner in which the honourable Attorney General has been going around various media houses and purporting to create the impression that this is a liability to which Governors had committed themselves to and agreed to, even though he is very much aware that that’s not the case.
“And we reject all of the claims that he has made on this issue. And we also insist that states will not give up on insisting that these purported claims are fraudulent and will not stand, as far as governors are concerned.
“And we would take every constitutional and legal means to ensure that these purported consultancies are fully litigated upon by the highest court in the land. If the court now finds the governors, and the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and States liable, then we will cross that bridge when get there.”