The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has said that it has no intention of joining in the Isa Pantami saga, just as it claims a shadowy group is planning to engage in a smear campaign against the NSGF as well as its chairman and governor of Plateau State, Simon Bako Lalong.
Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Simon Macham, revealed that the group had concluded plans to carry out the act by printing and circulating posters to the effect that the Northern States Governors’ Forum is supporting the Minister of Communication Technology and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, over some statements he is said to have made in the past.
According to the NSGF chairman, “the uncovered plan shows that those behind the propaganda publication have political interests” and are bent on dragging the northern governors into the controversy by widely circulating the posters on social media and pasting same across the country with the view to tarnishing the image of the body and its members.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the forum wishes to state that it has no intention of being dragged into the matter as the minister [Pantami] has provided his response to the issue which does not need the validation or denial of the forum. The forum is not responsible for his personal or official conduct and utterances at anytime.”