The Bauchi State Government has refuted allegation that the All Progressive Congress (APC) has no governorship candidate in Bauchi state ahead of the 2019 general election, saying it never made use of state apparatus to write the results of the primaries.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on political matters, Honourable Kawu Labaran in a statement made available to newsmen in Bauchi, explained that the state government was compelled to react the text of a press conference jointly addressed on Wednesday, 7th of November 2018 by Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Alhaji Bala Jibrin, saying that the duo are yet to come to reality that power comes from God.
The statement said since the conduct of the state APC primaries that saw the emergence of Governor Mohammed Abubakar as the flag bearer of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections, Lame and Jibrin who lost their bid to take the gubernatorial ticket, have been running from pillar to post to upturn the popular will of the party faithful.
He alleged that the duo were in Aso Rock Villa and was pointedly directed by the President to channel their grievances to the appropriate party leadership, adding that they were still not satisfied with the response of the president.
“It is not our intention to respond to all the frivolous allegations they made in their address to journalists because Bauchi State Government under the leadership of Governor Abubakar strongly believes in constituted authority.
“According to existing laws, which the two kindergarten politicians appear not to have respect for, candidates duly nominated are submitted to INEC, the nation’s electoral umpire by the political parties.
“In the case of Bauchi State, the gubernatorial candidate who was duly nominated to fly APC’s flag in 2019 is Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and that has been fully acknowledged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, some of the processes of the 2019 Bauchi gubernatorial primary election were dictated by the two politicians. They were the ones who insisted that direct primary election must be held even after the state party stakeholders had agreed on delegates’ election and had endorsed Governor Mohammed A. Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari.”
“They also insisted that returning officers in the 20 Local Government Areas must be chairmen of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT). Governor Abubakar also agreed. But when the results came out and they realized that they were not in touch with the voters and party members, they resorted to cheap blackmail with the sole aim of rocking the boat,” the statement read.
The statement said that their plot has been exposed and the decision of who occupies the Bauchi state government house is solely that of the electorates whose life the administration of Governor Mohammed Abubakar has in the last three years touched positively in spite of failed attempts by serial elections losers to distract him.
The statement said the government is not surprised they have resorted to the gimmicks of 2014 when Alhaji Lame lost the gubernatorial ticket and left no stone unturned to discredit the incumbent governor who extended his hands of friendship then and even now.
It added that the gesture led to the appointment of Lame’s major allies and drivers of his campaign organization who were co-opted into the M. A. Abubakar campaign council and eventually into cabinet positions in his government.
“Their former principal fought a legal battle against the election of Governor Abubakar in the Supreme Court back in 2015 as the candidate. Mohammed Abubakar extended hands of friendship to Lame all in his bid to move Bauchi State forward.
“As governor, he still maintains that anyone having any contribution to the development of Bauchi state, including people who have dissenting viewpoints were welcome, so long as their criticisms are constructive and in the best interest of the state and the common man.”