More Crisis For Northern Governors Forum As Gov. Suswam Pulls Out

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The crisis of confidence rocking the Northern Governors’ Forum, NSGF, has deepened following the Gov. Gabriel Suswam of Benue State’ withdrawal from the forum.

Suswam, at a press conference in Makurdi, Benue state, blamed the outcome of the last election of the NGF for the split in ranks among the 19 northern governors.

The governor further alleged that the governors no longer trust themselves following what transpired at the election and aligned himself with the position taken by his Bauchi State counterpart – Malam Isa Yuguda – who first pulled out of the NGF.

It would be recalled that Yuguda two weeks ago announced that he was pulling out of the NSGF saying he could no longer attend the meeting of the forum until those that went against the forum’s consensus candidate, Jonah Jang of Plateau State explain why they did not abide by that resolution.

The Benue governor expressed dismay at the level of betrayal by some of his colleagues in the north whom he said collectively adopted Jang but turned out to be treacherous at the end of the day.

“The northern governors’ forum is polarized because it is no longer conducive for us to sit as one in such meeting where a collective decision is taken and some people go out to do something else. We no longer trust ourselves,” Suswam stressed.

He reiterated his commitment to the Governor Jang led faction of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, insisting that Jang remains the rightful chairman of the forum.