Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has debunked media reports making the rounds that he was negotiating with high profile people within the APC with the view to joining the All-Progressives Congress.
The Governor in a statement through his media aide, Muktar Gidado said a media report published by some section of the print media alleging that the State Governor alongside three other governors were contemplating joining the APC was not true.
“We wish to state that the story is a disingenuous speculation driven by a clear marketing urge, to feed the appetites of readers whose hunger for salacious political news has been fueled by the movement of the Ebonyi State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Dave Umahi, to the APC and the spate of political alignments and realignments, in the country.
“We wish to state that His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed has never contemplated leaving the PDP, let alone joining the APC. Rather, he is presently preoccupied with fulfilling those campaign promises, on the basis of which the good people of Bauchi State supported him, to defeat an incumbent administration.
“It is to the credit of the Bauchi political elite that, despite the division between the Legislature and the Executive in the State, each controlled by a different political party, they have constructed a novel bipartisan arrangement whereby the Government of the State is jointly run, in the war against hunger, hitherto disabling infrastructure deficit, the near collapse of education and petty crimes.
“To any patriotic politician, a huge challenge of this nature calls for full time engagement and not political fortune hunting”, the statement read in part.
The statement says it considers “talks about decamping to another party and all the permutations about 2023, in the first place, as unwholesome distractions. In addition, it is his considered opinion that, not only are such talks premature but that it is the height of insensitivity, to the yearnings of the electorate for transformational change that will lift them, from the nadir of despair to a new era of guaranteed security of lives and property, economic prosperity, political stability and national unity.”
The Governor in the statement asked his supporters and members of his political party to ignore the report as it has no substance.
“The Governor wishes to reassure the good people of Bauchi State that his Administration is firmly focused on ensuring the good life for all irrespective of party affiliation, gender, tribe or creed”, the statement argues.