Northern Governors Forum Further Torn Apart As Gov. Suswam Pulls Out

Northern-governorsGovernor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State yesterday formally announced his withdrawal from the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF).

Suswam, who opened up on the crisis currently rocking the Nigeria Governors Forum at a press conference held in Makurdi, blamed the outcome of the last election of the NGF for the split in ranks among the 19 northern governors.

Suswam further claimed 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 NSGF.

It would be recalled that Yuguda of Bauchi had 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 as represented by Da Jonah Jang of Plateau State explain why they did not abide by that resolution.

The Benue governor expressed disgust at the level of betrayal by some of his colleagues in the north whom he said collectively adopted Governor 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.

He also accused Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state of exhibiting the highest level of desperation and that “anybody else parading himself as such is deceiving himself”.


  1. By admitting that your colleagues betrayed the collective consensus of the NSGF, goes to show that they actually voted for Amaechi, who in turn won the election. Choosing to stand by the loser as the authentic chairman, makes no sense, Mr. Governor. If you had not voted, your argument would have stood. But to vote and lose and then refuse to recognise the winner, defies simple logic.

  2. Eyo, you have said my mind. Let him purge himself of self inflicted injury and accept defeat by Rotimi Amaechi, he can now ask for explanations. Truth is gradually coming out, may be we will hear more from the masterminder himself.

  3. Suswan, who is the betrayer, you collected money and you are working for it now, you are actually showing us what is really happening in Nigeria, and I hope this is the way Nigeria may break up in the future, but wait you have being saying 19 Governors voted for Jang and now you are talking of betrayers, definitely you lost at the election and Amaechi won, then what is all the cry about, I can see that you have conscience and you have decided to open up, dont worry God will still forgive you, hope Akpabio and Mimiko will also follow suite to confess their sins….

  4. U guys are fools. The forum has no constitution, that means that election can b by consensus or by endorsement. Therefore Jang stands as chairman of the forum. Moreover, he belongs to a larger faction. Let him be. Ritimi, Babangida, sbf the rest are wasting their time.