I recently read comments credited to the governor of Bauchi State, His Excellency, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara is leading other federal lawmakers to wage a political battle against him because he was not in support of his emergence as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
It is instructive to note that the Speaker himself has never been on record to have said anything negative about the governor. I have searched in vain for a shred of evidence. The governor reportedly told State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday August 31, 2016, that, “My problem with Rt Hon Dogara Yakubu started during the election for the leadership of the National Assembly, I stood on the side of the party. I directed every Bauchi Lawmaker to toe the line of the party by voting Femi Gbajabiamila as speaker. At that time, 9 out of the 11 Lawmakers did that, and later the candidate of Bauchi (Dogara) won.”
Governor Abubakar also said that the Speaker Dogara, who hails from the same Bauchi South zone with him, is the brain behind the troubles he is witnessing in the state and at federal level. This came as a surprise, considering the well known fact that it was the Speaker who gave Governor Abubakar a consolidated bloc vote of delegates from Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa during the primaries where he ran against his fellow lawmaker and friend, Hon. Yusuf Tuggar and former federal minister, Dr Yakubu Lame and to win by 36 votes.
There is no informed Bauchi indigene, including the governor, that will deny the known contributions of Dogara to his emergence as governor of Bauchi State. On the contrary, this gesture was not returned by the governor, as he himself confessed that he refused to support Dogara during his race for the seat of the speaker of the House of Representatives. Instead, he mobilised Bauchi members to vote against him. But the Speaker is not one to bear grudges.
Interestingly, the governor, presently, does not have the support of 11 out of these same 12 Reps members. As a testimony to what the Speaker stands for, even Hon (Dr) M S Abdu, his own brother from Bauchi State, who nominated his opponent during the Speakership election is now a committed ally ditto so many Hon members who voted against him.
Dogara is also not known to hold any resentment against his main challenger, the Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila who later became the House Leader. The question agitating my mind is why should the case of governor Abubakar be different when the Speaker has reconciled with those who worked against him?
Instructively, all the three senators from Bauchi State have parted ways with our governor because they are not happy with the hardship his style of governance is bringing to the good citizens of the state who fought hard to bring him to office.
The question on everyone’s lips are; Why is it that nearly all NASS members from the state are not with him? Why are nearly all Bauchi elite not with him? Why is the governor being stoned all over the state? Why are most preachers and traditional rulers against the governor ? Are all these happening to him simply because he refused to support the emergence of Speaker Dogara? My answer is, certainly not.
Why is governor Abubakar scared to mention other reputable stakeholders like Mallam Adamu Adamu, Sen Ali Wakili, Senator Suleiman Nazif Gamawa, Hon Yusuf Tuggar, Dr Yakubu Lame and others, too numerous to mention, who are all strongly united in rejecting his retrogressive brand of politics? Is he saying they are not important enough to warrant his attention? Is he telling us that all these principled and distinguished stakeholders from Bauchi State have abandoned him and joined forces with Speaker Dogara to fight him for no reason other than what he alleged? Where are the marines that would buy governor Abubakar’s story? He talked about lies being spread about him without telling us what the lies are, in specific terms.
From all indications, governor Abubakar does not have to look far to identify the cause of his woes. Neither the Speaker nor the federal lawmakers are responsible for his troubles. His policies and actions are clearly the reason for his estranged relationship with the Bauchi people. As if that is not enough, the governor is incurring the wrath of Bauchi people for sabotaging the APC in Bauchi in making his key appointments including composition of local government area caretaker chairmen and committees.
Since 2015, he sanctioned an unending salaries verification exercise for all public service staff to remove “ghost workers” and all this while, most workers and pensioners who have been denied verification have not received their salaries and entitlements. An exercise which governor Abubakat himself admitted in a BBC Hausa interview that is a failure.
— Mohammed wrote in from Alkaleri, Bauchi State.