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”.