- Agrees To Re-Appoint Five Out Of Yuguda’s Commissioner
- APC Party Stakeholders, Chieftains Embittered Over His Style Governance
There are strong indications that Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state may soon dump the All Progressive Party (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP following an alleged meeting he held with former Governors Adamu Muazu and Isa Yuguda. This medium gathered that the allege meeting was to solidify the arrangement for the Governor to join the PDP in the face of an alleged unhealthy relationship with especially major APC chieftains and Stakeholders in the State.
According to a source, who is privy to the details of the meeting, told universalreporters247.com that Governor Abubakar agreed to appoint five out of the previous cabinet members of the former Governor Yuguda’s administration into his new administration, even as it is gathered that the Governor’s cabinet members will not be more than 15 members.
For instance, the source this medium that meeting was alleged to have been held at the instance of the two former Chief Executives of the State, following the sour relationship between the Governor and members and stakeholders of his party, especially with the way he is running the government.
Universalreporters247.com gathered that the current challenges facing the governor, maybe his delay in appointing Commissioners, a development which major stakeholders in the party are not happy. It is learnt that entire APC members in the State, the 20 LGA’s co-ordinators, the Speaker House of Representatives, Federal House of Representative members, as well as prominent elites and stakeholders in the state, the Governor is allegedly regarding them as his enemies for reasons best known to him.
Another issue which was discussed in the meeting was a pre-election matter that is pending for judgement at the Federal High Court which was instituted against the Governor by Comrade Abdullahi Tanko Ningi who lost during the primary election that saw the emergence of Abubakar as the flag bearer APC.
Universalreporters247 learnt that while others stepped down from the challenging the Governor Comrade Ningi has refused to toe the line of other aspirants who lost at the primary, in fact it also alleged that though he is the only one at the court former Police Minister Dr Ibrahim Lame is seriously backing him from behind, according to Ningi he is said to be challenging the case on the basis that the total number of votes that Abubakar won with was higher than the number of delegates the voted at the primary election.
Another development that may have led to the meeting is the governor’s allege poor relationship with the Villa, for instance, this medium gathered that governor’s acts while he was INEC Commissioner in Rivers State in the country’s previous General election has not been forgotten by the Presidency, as this was alleged that it was one of the reason why the President was reluctant to raise his hand even when he was told he is APC Guber candidate in Bauchi for the April Governorship election held in Bauchi.
However, source confided to Universalreporters247.com that already Abubakar allegedly convened a secret meeting with former governors Yuguda and Mu’azu to dump the APC for PDP to find a solution on how to escape being disgrace by the court when their judgment comes up.
The duo it was gathered allegedly advised Abubakar to dump the APC and bounce back to his former PDP party as to solidify his stand in the midst of soured relationship with APC’s stalwarts, chieftains and Stakeholders.
It would be recalled that President Buhari was reluctant to raise Abubakar’s hand during the last primary election when he got the information that there are crisis in the party following the outcome of the primary election and they manner and way Abubakar emerged as the flag bearer of the APC.
Feelers said, the development is fast changing the political permutations of Bauchi state ahead of 2019 election in the wake of risking the party’s chance by Abubakar in spite of the huge labour to wrestle power from the PDP in 2015 elections
“The issue of re-appointing Yuguda’s cabinet by Abubakar if possible is a pointer that such secret meeting has hold definitely” source confided
Meanwhile to show that all is not well withing the ranks of the APC and that the Governor is not in good time with party members, an All Progressive Congress, APC Chieftain in Bauchi Alhaji Bappah Mohammed Tafida Hardawa has recently, accused Governor Mohammed Abubakar for allegedly dumping party loyalists who work tirelessly for the Success of the Party in last General Election.
Bappah who made the accusation while speaking to Newsmen at the Press center of the NUJ Bauchi, said party loyalists who work tirelessly for the party’s victory were dumped and ignored without any appointments or job.
“From my understanding party is the mother of all members despite your position in the party, but the fact is that all those that submitted themselves and work for the victory of the party in the last general election were not carried along, right from the inception of the merger party we are part of it and we are loyal to the party yet the party and government ignored us, they only go with those that are not party members” Bappah fumed
According to him, the essence of politics and democracy is to provide the dividends of democracy but not in this case that we agitate for change and we got the change, yet we are wallowing and remain in object poverty, people work for the party to be appointed and benefits from the Government they put in place in one way or the other, this is indeed very unfortunate for the government, we thought we are out of the bondage of PDP 16 years it seems is like a dream.
The APC chieftain has called on the Bauchi state Governor Abubakar and the Leadership of the Party to look back unto the loyalists of the party or else the party will lose it integrity and relevance in the state.
He noted that ‘this disfranchising of some members at the helm of affairs especially those that sacrificed and supported the party both morally, spiritually and financially during electioneering campaigns will create internal wrangling within the party in the state.