The Bauchi state government has debunked allegations that the Bauchi state Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadri Mohammed, along with three other Governors elected under the platform of the People Democratic Party (PDP), are negotiating to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was contained in a press release issued and signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor Media, Mukhtar Gidado, which was made available to newsmen in Bauchi.
The statement stated that a lead story in the front page of Thisday Newspaper, dated 20th November 2020, with caption” Three PDP Governors negotiate with APC as others assures party”,alledged that the State Governor was planning to decamp to the APC along with three PDP Governors
“We wish to state that the story is a disingenuous speculation driven by a clear marketing urge, to feed the appetites of readers whose hunger for salacious political news has been fuelled by the movement of the Ebonyi State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, to the APC and the spate of political alignments and realignments, in the country”
“We wish to state that His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed has never contemplated leaving the PDP, let alone joining the APC. Rather, he is presently preoccupied with fulfilling those campaign promises, on the basis of which the good people Bauchi State supported him, to defeat an incumbent administration”
“It is to the credit of the Bauchi political elite that, despite the division between the Legislature and the Executive in the State, each controlled by a different political party, they have constructed a novel bipartisan arrangement whereby the Government of the State is jointly run, in the war against hunger, hitherto disenabling infrastructure deficit, the near collapse of education and petty crimes”
“To any patriotic politician, a huge challenge of this nature calls for full time engagement and not political fortune hunting.Based on the above, Governor Bala Mohammed considers talks about decamping to another party and all the permutations about 2023, in the first place, as unwholesome distractions”
“In addition, it is his considered opinion that, not only are such talks premature but that it is the height of insensitivity, to the yearnings of the electorate for transformational change that will lift them, from the nadir of despair to a new era of guaranteed security of lives and property, economic prosperity, political stability and national unity” The statement read in parts
The statement then urged supporters, members of the PDP family and the people of Bauchi State to ignore such report as it has no substance, even as the Governor reassured that his administration is firmly focused on delivering more dividends of democracy to all irrespective of party affiliation, gender and tribe.