Factional Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has branded his Niger State counterpart, Governor Babangida Aliyu as the number one saboteur on the list of prominent northerners ready to betray northern interest.
The Plateau governor was reacting to a statement credited to Gov. Aliyu weekend that he heard rumors of a list containing the names of over 400 prominent northerners, who the Presidency wants to bribe to secure their support for President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
Jang said that if a list of those who have betrayed northern interests is ever compiled, Gov. Aliyu would be the first person on it due to his alleged tendency of sowing seeds of distrust among the Northern political class.
In a statement issued by Mr. Kassim Yakubu, the media officer of his faction of the NGF in Abuja yesterday, Jang said: “The ultimate betrayal occurred when the northern governors met and agreed on Governor Jang as the consensus candidate of the North to become the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum only for Governor Aliyu and his cohorts to betray the Northern Governors agreement.
“Maybe Governor Aliyu and his group do not see me as a Northerner and perhaps need to explain to us what makes you a northerner if they can so flagrantly disregard the collective decision.
“If Governor Aliyu is accusing anybody in the North of betrayal, maybe he should think hard to find out if these people did not learn the act from him. Nigerians are not stupid, the more the issues unravel, the more they see the root cause of some of the issues plaguing our polity today and those responsible through their deceit and dishonor; which now means state governors can no longer sit down together and believe anything they agree on collectively” Jang retorted.