Last updated on March 25th, 2019 at 01:17 pm
- Moles in his government finished him
- Aso Rock says it isn’t ready to rig for governor
The fate of some incumbent state governors are hanging in the air since they couldn’t win the March 9 governorship election in their respective states.
One of them is the Governor of Bauchi Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
His political ordeal has prompted him to run to Aso Rock to meet with President Muhammadu Buharu several times.
Foreseeing what could be termed as a ploy to influence the election, presidency swift responded by issuing a strong statement to the affected people that Buhari will not influence votes for anyone, apparently dissociating himself from any attempt to prevail over the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Before supplementary election
Before the supplementary election a source close the internal working of APC in the state told InfomediaNG that there were moles within the ruling APC.
Though he didn’t mention names, but said some of them were actually working for the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
“Unfortunately, some of them are those that are close to the state governor. The governor performed below expectation in the state,” he said.
How INEc plunged Bauchi to supplementary election
Returning Officer for the governorship election, Prof Mohammed Kyari, declared the February 23 election inconclusive on the grounds that the total number of cancelled votes which stood at 45,312 exceeded the margin between the leading PDP candidate and the APC standard bearer – 4,059 votes.
According to him, the PDP candidate, Bala Mohammed got 469,512 votes to while his closest rival, the APC Candidate, incumbent Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, came very close with 465,453 votes.
Court orders and INEC ordeal
A few days after INEC announced Bauchi governorship election inconclusive and plunged the state to a supplementary election, a Federal High Court in Abuja order came directing it to stop collation of results in the state.
INEC fired back to challenge the order.
Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner, Information and Voter Education, said the commission has challenged the court for granting the order.
“The motion has not been taken. Until that motion is taken, the court order barring us from collating the result of Tafawa Balewa area subsists.”
At the end, INEC resolved that it will go ahead with a supplementary as against counting.
Mole surfaced before supplementary election
In what that could be simply be described as a typical Nigerian politician, a political ally of the governor and the state Commissioner for Finance, Garba Mohammed Akuyam, tendered his resignation letter to Governor Abubakar a few hours to the state go to supplementary election.
His resignation “will distabilise the party and the governor as they go the polls today.”
He said his decision to withdraw his service was as a result of the recent political developments in the state.
“It is with pains, heavy heart and deep concern that I write to tender my resignation as Honorable Commissioner for Finance and member of the Bauchi State Executive Council with effect from today, March 22, 2019. I am compelled to resign my appointment in view of the recent developments and political realities of present day Bauchi State, as well as dictates of the moment.”
But few hours announcing his resignation, it was learnt that the former commissioner had joined the Peoples Democratic Party in the state immediately after his action.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, shared his pictures with the former commissioner, on his verified Facebook page. This was later confirmed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Turaki Hassan.
Dogara wrote, “Glad to receive my brother Hon Garba Akuyam who just resigned as commissioner of finance Bauchi State and joined the PDP family in Bauchi.”
The fate of Governor Abubabakar of Bauchi in today’s supplementary election is a big issue to APC and Aso Rock.
In less than 24 hours from now, he’ll know his fate whether he’ll return to government house on May 29 or not.