The governor of Niger State, Dr Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu, has been labeled as being responsible for the ongoing crisis in Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF).
Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State who said this in a chat with State House correspondents, after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday also called on Dr Aliyu to stick to the agreement reached by the northern governors to present Governor Jonah Jang as the consensus candidate of NGF.
He said that the 19 governors agreed on the consensus candidacy of Jang, since it was the turn of the North to produce the NGF chairman, but Governor Aliyu, who was supposed to present Jang to the larger NGF, failed to do so, even when he had previously presented the Plateau governor to the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum (PDPGF).
He therefore called on the Niger governor to come out and tell Nigerians whether or not there was an agreement by 19 northern governors to present Jang as their consensus candidate.
In his words, “that is why I said all the crises and all the unfortunate comments made about the governors today, the fault should be traced to the NSGF, because we are the culprits.
“And that is why I say on his honour, let the chairman of the NSGF come out and tell Nigerians that either of the two; we the 19 northern governors did not come out with Jang as the consensus candidate or we decided and picked Jang as our consensus candidate.
“So, if that has been done, all these things that we see wouldn’t have happened. That is why I say as far as I am concerned, if I will sit with my colleagues and we take a decision and you go and do a different thing, I m not part of those kind of things and me as a person will not attend the meeting (NSGF) but my deputy governor can attend on behalf of the people and government of Bauchi State. But as a person, I will not. That has always been my position.”