The Bauchi State government has described two All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants, Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Captain Bala Jibrin as wounded lions who lack the power to speak for the party in the state.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, the special adviser to the governor on political matters, Alhaji Kawu Labaran, said: “Alhaji Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Alhaji Bala Jibrin, both are yet to come to reality with the fact that power comes from God.
“Since the APC primaries to select candidates that will fly the party’s flag in the 2019 general elections in which Lame and Jibrin lost their bid for the gubernatorial ticket, these two have ran from pillar to post to upturn the popular will of the party faithful,” he said.
Labaran, who reacted to a press conference jointly addressed by the two aspirants on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, said that the two leaders were chasing shadows, adding that “they even went to the Aso Rock Villa where Mr. President told them to channel their grievances to the appropriate party leadership.”
He said that Lame and Jibrin appeared not to be satisfied with the President’s response, hence the need for the state government to comment on their frivolous allegations.
The statement said that state government under the leadership of Governor Mohammed Abubakar strongly believes in constituted authorities as he was nominated to fly the APC’s flag in 2019 which had been acknowledged by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The statement reads in part: “They were the ones who insisted that direct primary election must be held even after the state party stakeholders had agreed on delegates’ election and had endorsed Governor Mohammed Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“They also insisted that returning officers in the 20 local government areas must be chairmen of Nigerian Union of Teachers. Governor Abubakar also agreed. But when the results came out and they realised that they were not in touch with the voters and party members, 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 the voter, the common man whose lives the administration of Governor M. A. Abubakar has in the last three years touched positively in spite of failed attempts by serial elections losers to distract him,” he said.