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Stop blackmailing NASS members, group warns Governor Abubakar

Gov. Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State
Gov. Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State
Ruth David Bauchi

A group, under the aegis of Buhari Youth North-East Organisation, has condemned Bauchi state Governor, Mohammed Abubakar over his recent blackmail of Some Principal Officers of the National Assembly.

Also, they expressed worry over the hardship faced by workers in the state and faulted the governor’s inability to pay salaries of civil servants and pensioners in the state.

The group said this is coming on the heels of a recent protest, by a group known as the Vanguard for Peace and Tranquillity in Bauchi state, against some principal officers of the House of Representatives, including the Speaker of Hon.Yakubu Dogara, alleging that they were plotting to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

Spokesman and Secretary General of the group, Mr. Manasseh Istifanus, who said this while addressing newsmen at the Zaranda Hotel in Bauchi alleged that Governor Abubakar was seeking cheap recognition from President Buhari by blackmailing NASS members who are carrying out their lawful legislative functions.

Mr. Istifanus expressed dismay at the challenges that have bedevilled most of the All Progressives Congress, APC, states in the the north east sub-region, particularly Bauchi and felt concern for the plight of the people since the inception of the APC administration in the state.

According to him, “we were with President Buhari in ANPP, CPC, and formed APC to actualize our dreams, but Governor Abubakar is busy destroying all the goodwill and sympathy that we have from the people. Where was he when we formed APC?”, he queried.

“Senator Wakili was with ACN, Speaker Dogara was with the PDP. They were part of the merger. My question is, where was Governor Abubakar? He wants to force himself on Buhari people to accept him.”.

He added ,”governor Abubakar does not know the aims and objectives of APC because he joined the party at the late hour and he was not even a card carrying member of the APC when he contested the governorship primaries and won.

“This explains why he is inflicting hardship on the people of the state. He has no blue print to move the state forward. He has no development plans,” he said.

“The people of the state are facing serious hardship, poverty and lack of social amenities, yet the Governor is busy fighting with NASS members who were equally elected and have rights to execute projects in their constituencies.”

The spokesman then advised Governor Abubakar to be mindful of the campaign promises he made to the people when he was asking for their votes and refrain from confronting people who advise him on governance.

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