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Yuguda Rescinds Decision to Quit Northern Govs’ Forum

| July 4, 2013 More

Governor, Isa Yuguda

•Asks Babangida Aliyu to step down

By Segun Awofadeji

Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda, has rescinded his decision to quit the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), following what he described as intense pressure from northern elders in the interest of the region.


The governor, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Yusuf Musa Gumli, said his earlier decision to quit the forum did not exempt Bauchi State from the regional position on any national matter as the last meeting of the forum was attended by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Ahmad Ibrahim Dandija.


Yuguda explained that he had  quit the forum in realisation of the unfairness of the past as regards the decision of the forum that nominated the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, for the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).


Yuguda, while back-pedalling on his decision to quit the NSGF, said his u-turn to rejoin the forum was as a result of pressures from northern elders, who urged him to pipe down and rejoin his colleagues in the forum.


“It was prevailed on me that I must go back to the Northern Governors Forum,” Yuguda said at yesterday’s press briefing hosted by Gumli.


Gumli further stated that as a well behaved person, Yuguda accepted the advice of the northern elders and consequently has agreed to retrace his steps to the NSGF.


Yuguda, however, called on the current chairman of the NSGF and Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, to step down from the leadership of the forum to allow someone with brilliant ideas to carry it forward.


“I’m calling on Governor Babangida Aliyu to step down because he appears to have stagnated. He is running short of ideas, and with due respect, I think somebody should take us beyond rhetorics. We need to see action, a lot of things are happening and we need to get somebody to see us through 2015 politics,” he said.


Pressed as to whether Yuguda’s quitting the NSGF was hinged on his political ambition, Gumli asked if it was a crime for someone to nurse a political ambition.


“Is there anything bad for someone to aspire to any political office in the land?” he asked, stressing that if someone followed the legitimate route for acquiring power, it was alright as, according to him, whatever comes along one’s way is an act of God,” he said.

Category: Bauchi State News

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