The Plateau State Government has described the revelations by the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, that he deliberately set up his Plateau counterpart, Jonah Jang, for defeat at the recent contest for the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), as rather unfortunate. In a statement issued by the Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Yiljap Abraham, Jang added that Kwankwaso’s revelation in itself clearly portrayed the Kano State governor as an enemy of the north, with divisive interest and without respect for moral value.
Kwankwaso had recently admitted that he deliberately nominated Jang for the election, knowing full well that he would not be supported by many northern governors at the NGF election. He had said that Jang did not have the charisma and administrative capacity which the Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, Jang’s rival during the chairmanship contest, possessed. Jang had lost the election to Amaechi by scoring 16 votes against Amaechi’s 19.
“That he (Kwankwaso) could nominate Jang as a consensus candidate and still not ‘vote’ for him showed an incredible double-speak! “Governor Kwankwaso’s account of events during the Northern States Governors’ Forum’s meeting which led to the adoption of Governor Jonah Jang as the candidate of the region for the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum has thrown a moral glitz on Nigeria’s political turf. “His admission that he personally nominated Governor Jonah Jang and asked Governor Suswam of Benue to support his move only because ‘it was a game…’, clearly shows a mind luxuriating in unethical lyrics.