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‘You Are A ‘Pandemic’ In Politics’ Bauchi Governor Blasts Dogara

The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed , has described the former Speaker of the House of Representatives , Yakubu Dogara , who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress , as a “ pandemic ” in politics and also accused Dogara of contract inflation in the project he was executing in his constituency.

Bala said these when hundreds of his supporters from the Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro local government areas , where Dogara represents , paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House, Bauchi, on Tuesday.

He said beside the local government in the state capital, there is no place that gave him many votes like Dass , Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro and added that these same votes were given to him at the time he contested under the ANPP which were more than what Dogara had in 20 folds.

The governor further said that whatever he is going to do for those places won’t be because of Dogara but for himself and God.

He claimed that all Dogara’s accusations that he isn’t giving allocation to LGAs is all lies and however mentioned that was it not Dogara that brought the road project from his pocket from Bogoro – Dull – Burga at N17 bn and it has not been completed and it is just 45 kilometers.

Bala akin Dogara to the proverbial running dog which is either been chased or chasing something.

He added that it is a pity that Dogara has become an epidemic in politics and he hope the former Speaker finds a cure in due course.

Breaking: Dogara Returns To APC Again

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives , Yakubu Dogara , has again defected to All Progressives Congress from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee, Mai Mala Buni announced this development to newsmen after leading Yakubu Dogara to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

Buni said Mr President is happy to receive the former house leader back to the ruling party.

He disclosed that members of his caretaker committee are meeting all aggrieved members , particularly those who are interested in returning to the party .

Buni also assured those willing to return that justice would be served to all members , therefore guaranteeing peaceful coexistence .

Dogara , who is still a member of the House of Representatives , however , refused to speak with newsmen on the new development.

Recall that Dogara and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki dumped the ruling party for PDP ahead of 2019 election.

‘Nigeria Problem is Leadership Not Corruption’ Dogara says

Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives has said contrary to believe in some quarters that corruption is the major problem facing the country, the lack of leadership is to be blamed for the country’s woes.

Mr Dogara stated this on Tuesday while addressing participants at a conference organised by the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement.

President Muhammadu Buhari has often emphasized on the need to rid the country of corrupt elements, saying they are the major problems of the country.

Mr Buhari’s war against corruption is said to be selective mainly targeted at opposition politicians.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, recently accused the president of promoting corruption in the country by refusing to probe his allies alleged to be corrupt.

“Nigeria’s real disease is lack of leadership; I disagree with all those who say our major national disease is financial corruption; rather, the real disease has been the absence of true leadership,” Dogara said.

The speaker also said lack of direction by leaders in the country encouraged fraudulent conduct.

“This in turn breeds moral corruption and wickedness. Get a true leader that solves moral corruption and wickedness; when that happens, you will search for financial corruption to no avail.

“Unfortunately, the leadership model we have practised so far is the kind of leadership that produces sycophants who are expected to serve their political godfathers and not the people,” he said.

The lawmaker also blamed godfatherism for some of the conduct of those elected into positions in the country.

“Our so-called leaders have mastered the art of political witchcraft so much so that if you are independent minded, you are automatically disqualified.

“If for any reason you are picked, then you have to surrender your soul for them to eat in small bites until you become their worshiper.

“In the midst of this pandemic sycophancy, the so-called godfathers expect the children to fit in and not to stand up to be counted or make a difference.

“For you, trailblazers who carry the burden and the promises of a generation that must not fail, if you are ever going to get there, it must be on the wings of discipline that produces character.

“This is because without character, you cannot be men and women of influence and without influence, you cannot change anything. Character means that you cannot be separated from your word — a quality no godfather in history has ever possessed,” he said.

To overcome the challenges, Dogara charged the youths to apply an all-inclusive politics because politics means reaching out to all and not to lose sight of the long-term goal of representing their people, state and country.

“Bauchi State government want to implicate me in a criminal conspiracy” Dogara

The speaker of the house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has alleged that Mohammed Abubakar, governor of Bauchi state, has plans to implicate him in a criminal conspiracy.

This allegation was contained in a letter dated March 21, the speaker told Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of Police (IGP), and Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS), that he has credible information of an ongoing plot to give motorbikes and cars branded in his name to some “criminals”.

Things started to fall apart for the two Bauchi politicians, Dogara and Abubakar, after the 2015 elections but their animosity worsened in the buildup to the supplementary election.

Dogara is fully behind Bala Mohammed, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who secured the highest votes cast in the March 9 election declared inconclusive, TheCable reports.

“I write to inform the Inspector General of Police that I am in receipt of credible intelligence about an ongoing plot by Bauchi State government to implicate me in a criminal conspiracy,” Dogara said.

“The Bauchi State government has procured hundreds of motorbikes and cars which are being branded in the Government House Bauchi with my pictures and logo of my party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and my name inscribed.

“The plan is that the Bauchi State government will engage some criminal elements and give them the branded motorbikes and cars which they will use to commit crime and thereafter abandon them at the scene so as to implicate me.

“I am, by this letter, putting the Police and other security agencies on notice so as to be on the watch out for these criminal elements intended to be deployed by Bauchi State Government.”

“We are watching you” – Dogara to INEC Chairman

Speaker of the house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara, says the people of Bauchi state are watching the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and his unsubtantiable reason behind the cancellation of the Tafawa Balewa local government governorship election results in Bauchi state.

He spoke during a media briefing in Bauchi, where he said it is absurd that the electoral body would order a cancellation of the results of an election that was “conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner”, TheCable reports.

He said save for the issue of computation of the final results which was caused by the “carting away of the result sheet by agents of the sitting governor”, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the exercise was smooth.

“There was no problem at all in Tafawa Balewa. The only problem they had was the final collation. If that was the only problem, one will think that the worse decision that can be taken is for them to provide the relevant collation sheet to her (collation officer) and say go and complete the collation and bring it in the proper sheet. But in law, anybody who is a lawyer knows that the issue of form does not defeat the issue of substance,” he sad.

“Now, the substance is that there was a fair, free and credible election, which nobody is challenging. The only issue is that it wasn’t conveyed in the proper form and that can be cured and so, as it is, this election has been won and lost, no matter how you look at it and the PDP, Kauran Bauchi is, by the grace of God, the sitting governor-elect.

“As it is now, there is no problem, absolutely no problem with the votes from Tafawa Balewa. The chairman of INEC has told the world that elections begin and end at the unit. If they had cancelled any result at the level of unit collation or ward collation, it would have stood cancelled but for there to be peaceful elections, free and fair as attested to by the local government returning officer, Mrs Dominica Anosike, for there to be very peaceful, transparent collation of all the results across the eleven wards in Tafawa Balewa and the only challenge we had was that the Governor’s thugs and  boys went and invaded the local government collation centre and carted away some result sheets.

“Thereafter, the returning officer who collated it on a separate paper, and then wrote a letter, an explanatory memoranda to the state returning officer and the Resident Electoral Commissioner to say that this was the situation in which they found themselves and that was why they had to use another result sheet to do the computation.”

Dogara added that the “thugs” who invaded the local government collation centre were “identified as agents of the governor when apprehended” yet the governor will still be made the beneficiary of the action by cancelling the result in his favour.

“If you look at it carefully, the thugs that invaded the collation centre in Tafawa Balewa are agents of the governor, the sitting governor of Bauchi State,” he said

“Their names were read out, it is not a rumour, they were apprehended by the army, including the vehicle they used for the operation and they have been handed over to the police.

“Now, if they were acting for a disclosed principal, which is the governor of Bauchi State, the point is that in the law of agency which we read and it hasn’t changed, the principal is responsible for the acts of his agents.

So, if they were acting as agents of the sitting governor, will the governor now take benefit of the crimes committed by his agents? That is one big question that INEC must answer.

“Secondly, I want to say that the chairman of INEC is a citizen of Bauchi State, just like all of us and they say that charity begins at home. Will he therefore sit down in Abuja and watch or preside over this brazen rape of the mandate of Bauchi State? Will he sit down and sleep in peace when he sees that the decision of his own people here in Bauchi State is being upturned by agents of the agency over which he superintends? That is the question that Professor Mahmood Yakubu, my namesake, will have to answer and the people of Bauchi State are watching. We want to see whether he will cast his vote with the people of Bauchi State or with those who are seeking to oppress the people of Bauchi State.”

The Speaker also advised the governor to take the honourable path of conceding the election.

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