By Khalid Idris Doya
A mammoth of supporters of former Bauchi state governor, Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar have debunked the insinuations that his supporters in the state should vote the PDP gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 elections and incumbent Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed in the forthcoming general elections.
Supporters of the former governor comprising special assistants, senior special assistants, special advisers, commissioners and other political appointees, members his campaigns team have disassociated themselves from the fake news item being circulated in social media that they were solidly in support of the PDP state governor.
The former governor supporters in a crowded gathering at the APC Secretariat in Bauchi Monday said they absolved themselves from APC dissident members who out of self-aggrandizement or centredness pitch tent with the opposition PDP for paltry or scarcities of the party.
“We would not be cajoled or flattered by the APC dissidents who prior to the 2019 elections engaged in anti-party activities that eventually culminated to the stealing of our mandate by the PDP”.
Our reporter reports that some APC dissidents from Bauchi Central zone under the tutelage of former deputy governor, Arc Audu Sule Katagum on Sunday in Darazo town convened a meeting during which they lend support to Governor Bala Mohammed of the PDP ahead of the 2023 polls.
Supporters of the APC former governor therefore reiterated their support and loyalty to the party’s gubernatorial candidate to the 2023 election, Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar.
In a similar reaction, some notable supporters who hitherto worked under the former APC governor also disassociated the former governor and themselves from a statement in a footage from Bauchi, Azare, and Darazo under a purported committee featuring Arc. Audu Sule Katagum that they were behind Peoples’ Democratic Party and its Governor Bala Mohammed in the 2023 gubernatorial election.
The statement credited to the former deputy governor, Arc Audu Sule Katagum going viral on news media and claimed to be working for the former APC Governor, urging his supporters to vote for Peoples’ Democratic Party and Governor Bala Mohammed in the fourth coming 2023 Gubernatorial election.
A reaction statement signed by Hon. Isa Musa Matori said, “Though we are not holding brief for the former Governor, but as All Progressive Congress party members who had similarly worked with His Excellency, M. A. Abubakar as Governor, we feel duty bound to react to the false claims therein and caution faithful party members to stand against that”.
Matori described the machinations by political jobbers and scavengers to demean the former Governor as contractors who were commissioned to work against the emerging victory of the All Progressive Congress and its candidate, Amb. Sadique Baba Abubakar in the 2023 elections insha Allah.
“His Excellency, M.A Abubakar as we all know, is still a member of the All Progressive Congress; he has neither denounced nor has he defected his membership of the party as stated in his radio programme on the 27th July, 2022 disputing rumour of his defection”.
Hon. Isa Matori also described for governor, M.A Abubakar as a reputable lawyer, undoubtedly submissive to the party’s constitution and other relevant statute documents regulating behaviour and conducts of members, and is not the type that would reduce himself to anti-party behavior and a life similar to that of a political jobber or a scavenger.