As controversy, uncertainty and dissension cuts a path through the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a majority of the 19 Northern Governors today shunned the Northern States Governors’s Forum in Kaduna.
According to a source at the meeting, only the governors of Kaduna, Jigawa, Nasarawa, Niger and Gombe were present. A few others sent their deputies.
Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has last week announced his decision to stop attending the meeting over what he characterized as the betrayal by his colleagues of the effort of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau to defeat Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State for the leadership of the Nigeria Governors Forum.
At today’s event, our source said the governors only made public some decisions taken on certain companies collectively owned by the 19 Northern States, including the New Nigeria Development Company, New Nigerian Newspapers Company, and Kaduna Textiles Limited.
They also tacked such issues as the insecurity in Nasarawa State, and the Petroleum Industry Bill.