NGF crisis: I will never attend Northern Governors meeting again, Bauchi Governor, Yuguda, vows

Governor Isa Yuguda

The Bauchi Governor blamed his northern colleagues for the NGF crisis.

The Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, on Thursday in Abuja said the Northern States’ Governors Forum and its leadership should be blamed for the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).

Mr. Yuguda made this assertion during an interview with State House correspondents shortly after he held a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

“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 however said he was going to take a different approach henceforth to ensure there would not be a recurrence of such.

“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.

Mr. Yuguda, speaking further on the NGF crisis, explained that it was the turn of the North to produce the chairman of the forum.

“It was based on this that the NSGF endorsed the Plateau Governor as a consensus candidate,’’ he said.

The Bauchi State Governor said it was unfortunate that the Niger Governor and NSGF Chairman could not come out openly to defend the position.

“If today we 19 governors can sit down in Abuja and decide that one of us who is supposed to be rightfully the Chairman of the NGF, because the slot is for the North, is elected, there is nothing wrong with that.

“We were 19 out of the 35 governors, who were present, and we had decided and we went with that decision. Normally when we take a decision, our chairman will speak to announce it.

“By affirmation, all of us decided on one person and that is Jonah Jang, the governor of Plateau.

“So, on our own honour, we went to the PDP Governors’ Forum and the chairman of the NSGF, who is the Talba of Minna and governor of Niger, presented Jang as our consensus candidate.

“And there was a standing ovation. We were congratulated and appreciated by our colleagues, that we (I and Gov. Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State) stepped down for Jang,’’ he said.

Mr. Yuguda said that there had never been a time the chairman of the NGF had emerged by any election but only by a consensus.

“In the first place, we have never had any election in the NGF. I was in Ilorin and I was the one who seconded the motion that made Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers the chairman of NGF.

“Only 13 of us were in Ilorin and if 19 governors presented a candidate in a 35-member association, I think the game is over and it has been a consensus.

“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.

“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.

The Bauchi State Governor also underscored the need to put in place a Code of Conduct which would be guiding the activities of the NGF.

“If there is no such code of conduct and ethics guiding the office of a governor, very soon nobody will want to be a governor. We should all go and sleep and think over that and we will all confirm that I am right. There is honour in leadership and God sanctions leadership.

“If God has sanctioned leadership in our books of faith, I can’t see evil associated with leadership,’’ he said.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the northern governors adopted Mr. Jang as a consensus candidate hours before the NGF election.

However, at the election, some of the Northern governors apparently voted for Mr. Amaechi who defeated Mr. Jang by 19 to 16 votes, with the Yobe State Governor absent.

Governors loyal to Mr. Jang rejected the result with the Plateau Governor now running a parallel NGF.

Mr. Yuguda was among 14 northern governors who shunned Thursday’s meeting of the NSGF.


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  • Samuel Dogo

    Yuguda is a funny puppet… Dont worry Bauchians are really prparing for you-2015. coward, betrayer clawn. you dont mean anything to the north. so please stay away you are not Invited. Amaechi remain the elected NGF leader. There is nothing you can do Man.

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    Wallahi, I think we have made our worst political mistake in the North by not supporting and strengthening the government and presidency of Goodluck Jonathan. We have shown him so much disrespect and vehement opposition never imagined in the minds of those who worked closely with the Sardauna, Sir Ahmadu Bello to build bridges of trust with the not-so-major ethnic groups in Nigeria; and with their support we were able to dominate the other two major tribes: Yoruba and Ibo. I will not be surprised if the North pays dearly for what we are doing to Jonathan. I must thank Allah for the foresight of Yuguda, Shema and a few others.


      Abiola won without your support sha–go and dismantle it if u like–buhari will never win elections in Nigeria-remember he started with 2 VPs from the south east and lost twice

  • just

    May God help the president

  • kamal

    Shut up yuguda, u r d evil politician here, wawa kawai. U r a sellout, dis isn’t ur 1st tym of doin such. The north is greater dan u n ur father n ur great grand father(if at all u have one). Useless man. So fuckin wat if u dnt cum 4 d meeting. Wat r u? Just a pack full of idiotic ideas. NGF had spoken n Amechi is d ryt man 4 d job. Go to hell with u new found fake n tricky love 4 d north. Stinkin mouth!


      truth is bitter let Aamechi deny the allegation made by APC that they sponsored him-what is he waiting for

    • Jinn evil

      Bora urbanka nana isaika kamal is you father that is wawa I will kill u kamal

  • kamal

    @salisu, dats bcos u don’t hav a foresyt. U r so daft like ur boss yuguda

  • Saadiana – Ankpa

    Have u guys forgotten that yuguda didn’t win any election? And that pdp helped him? … Vagabonds in power…


      Amaechi was dashed his via the courts-like the ACN governors in the south west–buhari was with ANPP b4 he jetted out to form his own party-CPC

      • jonathan

        mpitikwelu_na_Awusa_na_GoodluckJonathan_na_afam_deri how now?You don change name again? I just dey laf oooo!

  • igbiki

    The selfsame Turai’s in-law Yagudu, a staunch member of Yar’adua’s kitchen cabinet and one of those who opposed Jonathan being made the president, is now Mr Jonathan’s man friday???

    Wonders shall never end!

  • nija pikin

    I dougth if yuguda will be missed in the NGF too,



  • Sadiq Garba

    Your comments have gone to show what you are. Some one whose mind is stung with corruption. A self centred person, ignorant of the ability of others to appreciate analyse and comprehend on situations. The other day We saw you quoting Quran out of context to justify your position. We were told that you have a very good knowledge of Quran, but that does not mean you can use surat Al Minaqun out of context to slight others.
    My questions to Yuguda are:
    Why did you participate in the voting?
    Are you a governor for yourself or for the people of Bauchi State?

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      A lot of people in River state are asking Amaechi, the same question.

  • mohammed

    the question here is, DID THE 19 GOVS REALLY AGREED TO PICK JANG, the answer here is definitely NO. that where the problem stated

  • 100%Naija

    Unbelievable that a supposed “Governor” will speak like this? How did Nigeria and Nigerians get such shallow individuals forced upon them as governors and leaders? I doubt if the President of NANS will utter such incoherent statements? Unfortunately, PDP has dragged Nigerians into this zoning and consensus candidates – and forcing sycophants and “yes boys” on us! Really SAD!

  • Michael Okon

    God bless you Gov Yuguda