The Northern Taraba Elders Forum has accused the former governor of the state, Rev. Jolly Nyame, of working for the interest of the cabal around Suntai ahead of 2015.
The spokesman of the forum, Bakari Bala, made the disclosure at a news conference in Jalingo on Thursday.
He alleged that Nyame had been romancing with members of the cabal, adding that the development left much to be desired in his capacity as an elder in the state.
“We see this romance as a deliberate move to mortgage the political fortunes of Northern Taraba to the South.
“It is, indeed, surprising to many of us, the elders from northern Taraba how Nyame has suddenly turned to be one of the apostles of Suntai knowing well that they have had series of running political battles over the years,’’ he said.
The forum also accused Nyame of being inconsistent as a leader, saying that it had noted his constant visits to Gov. Danbaba Suntai at the Government House, Jalingo.
In a swift reaction, Nyame refuted the allegations. “I want to make it abundantly clear that there is no doubt about it that Danbaba became a governor as a result of my contribution. As far as I am concerned, he is my political son
“So, there is no way your son will be sick, whatever differences you have with him, there is just no way you cannot go and see how he is faring,’’ Nyame said.
Nyame said his reconciliation with Suntai was done on the basis of his Christian faith, noting that “my religion emphasises the need for forgiveness.
The former governor said that such belief should not be mistaken to mean that he was being influenced with money by anybody.
“Bakari Bala is a Muslim, I’m a Christian, and so he may not understand the motivation behind my going to Danbaba. This is because in Christ’s teaching, he said, whatever you do to the least, you are doing unto me,’’ he said.
Nyame said he was duty bound as a leader to relate with everybody and give counsel where necessary without sentiment or whatever consideration.
On the governorship race for 2015, Nyame said anybody could contest, adding that he as an individual could not determine who would become the governor of the state.
“Therefore, there was no basis for anybody saying that I was sabotaging the political fortune of any zone.’’