Two politicians from Bauchi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Alhaji Bala Jibrin, have been dismissed as serial political losers who cannot speak for the people of Bauchi State.
Reacting to a press conference granted by the duo in Abuja where they made allegations against the State Governor, Barrister M. A. Abubakar, the Political Adviser to the Governor, Honourable Kawu Labaran, called the bluff of the two politicians, who he said are not in touch with the true voters in the state.
According to Hon. Labaran, the plots, blackmail and efforts to distract the Governor and frustrate his re-election bid have been exposed and foiled.
He stressed that they should be told that “ultimately, the decision of who occupies the Bauchi Government House is solely that of the voters, the common man whose life the administration of Governor M. A. Abubakar has in the last three years touched positively in spite of failed attempts by elections losers to distract him.”
Full text of the statement by Hon. Labaran reads:
The Bauchi State Government has been compelled to react to the text of a press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday, 7th of November 2018 by two politicians, Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Alhaji Bala Jibrin, who never learn to come to reality with the fact that power, any power, comes from God and not through anybody’s wish.
Since the APC primaries that held to select candidates that will fly the party’s flag in the 2019 general elections in which Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Alhaji Bala Jibrin lost their bid to take the gubernatorial ticket, the two paper weight politicians have explored
and exhausted every opportunity all available internal party mechanism to seek redress to what they called ‘injustice’. Their last point of call was the Aso Rock villa where the president pointedly told them to channel their grievances to the appropriate party leadership.
Alhaji Lame and Alhaji Jibrin appeared not to be satisfied with that kind of response, because their expectation, which their followers have been drumming up in social media platforms, was for Mr. President to simply take the 2019 Bauchi APC flag and hand over to one of them,
particularly Alhaji Bala Jibrin who came distant third in the direct primary election that gave victory to Governor Mohammed Abubakar.
It is not our intention to respond to all the frivolous allegations they made in the text they read to journalists in Abuja mainly because Bauchi State Government under the leadership of Governor M. A. Abubakar has very strong belief in constituted authority. According to existing laws, which the two 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 that 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 the primary election must be direct, Governor Mohammed A. Abubakar agreed against stakeholders’ earlier decision; they insisted that returning officers in the 20 local government areas must be chairmen of Nigerian Union of Teachers, mainly because of their wrong assumption that teachers were against the reelection bid of Governor Mohammed Abubakar, and the governor also agreed.
But when the results came out and they realized that they were not in touch with the true voter in Bauchi, they resorted to cheap blackmail with the sole aim of rocking the boat. Their plot has been exposed and ultimately the decision of who occupies the Bauchi Government House is solely that of voter, the common man whose life the administration of Governor M. A. Abubakar has in the last three years touched positively in spite of failed attempts by elections losers to distract him.
Honourable Kawu Labaran,
Political Adviser to Governor M. A. Abubakar