Bauchi State Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, on Thursday in Abuja put the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) at the doorstep of the Northern States’ Governors Forum and its leadership.
Addressing State House correspondents after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Mr. Yuguda challenged the chairman of the NSGF and Niger State Governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu to tell Nigerians the truth about the decision to make Plateau State Governor – Da Jonah Jang, the consensus candidate for the NGF election.
“The blame for all the crises and all the unfortunate comments made about the governors today should be traced to the Northern States’ Governors Forum (NSGF) because we the members are the culprits.
“That is why I say, on his honour, let the Chairman of the NSGF come out and tell Nigerians the truth.
“It is either of the two that we the 19 northern states governors did not come out with Jonah Jang (the Plateau Governor) 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 have seen wouldn’t have happened,” he said.
The governor said he refused to attend a meeting held yesterday in Kaduna by the NSGF because he felt he could not seat among people who could not keep to their words.
“That is why I now say, as far as I am concerned, that if I will sit with my colleagues and we will take a decision and some people will then go and do a different thing, I will not be part of those kind of things.
“I, as a person, will not attend such a meeting again. 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,” he said.
Speaking further on his credentials and integrity among people in leadership positions, Yuguda asserted, “There must be integrity in governance, because we the governors should be people of integrity. We should be role models and we should not play evil politics as far as I am concerned, because most people associate politics to evil.
“If you don’t know how to tell lies, if you don’t know how to betray, if you don’t know how to have double face, you are not a good politician,” he said.
“But I am not carved out for that. I am a professional chartered banker. I was the Managing Director of two banks and I served this country as cabinet minister twice and governor twice.
“My word should be my bond, and if I sat down with 18 of my colleagues and we have agreed on something, I should not see the chairman of that forum reneging on the integrity of the NSGF and by extension the NGF,” he said.
My god I didn’t know this Yuguda is this naiive. U mean with ur level of education u didn’t know that there is a difference between endorsement and election? Or are u saying that once the 6 geo pol zones endorse Jonathan then there won’t be election in 2013? Haba Yuguda how many endorsed ur opponent in 2011 and yet he lost against u. Please don’t disgrace the North. Talk like an informed educated man that u are.
@ mohammed yakubu,get him right,he said they v a conclusive agreemnt wich they betrayed themselves,he is telling all nigerians who care to know the evil in our governance,the evil in so called politics,who can then tell the truth about the NGF election
So u think it’ll be business as usual even amongst urselves! Well,know that there’s no honour among thieves! When u guys were treating ur subjects to such treatment,u didn’t know how it feels,rite? God is always in control.
Ye shall know the truth,and the truth shall set you free
Hhm,that yuguda dey craze,he dey talk like gentleman,na now he know that most of them are thieves,anybody that enter bauchi will cry,the verdict of history dey wait the big ole!
god shall continue to destroy ur nasty plans against nigerians! babangidas position in election arena is nigerlite/northernans unanimous decision. yuguda, did yu think jonah is wat bauchi want? uselessss