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Gang up against Bauchi Governor Abubakar is malicious, not workable – Waziri

Governor Abubakar of Bauchi State
By Baba Shehu Oscu, Bauchi
The refusal to listen to godfathers, which was the trade mark of successive administrations in Bauchi State is the reason behind the gang up against Governor Mohammed Abubakar ahead of the March 2 governorship elections in the state.
An elder statesman and prominent politician of note in state , Dr Ibrahim Waziri Ningi, stated this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi  recently  , where he said the results of the presidential and governorship polls will however surprise many of those bent on truncating the second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar.
According to him, about  five governorship candidates  recently merged with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed as the governorship candidate.
Waziri however said by the time the results of the polls will trickle from the 20 local government areas of the state on Election Day pundits would be amazed.
He specifically noted that, with the presidential elections, which he described as ‘a done deal’ for President Muhammadu Buhari coming first, “the Bauchi electorate will naturally queue behind Governor Abubakar on March 2 to give him a resounding second term.
“One thing that I value much in this government is that, it is not operating on godfatherism. I mean the governor is not taking money from government coffers to give to godfathers as it used to be. And that is one of the reasons why some people are ganging up against the governor, alleging stealing, misappropriation and all that but there is no proof.
“There has been relative peace and stability for many years. You can go across the state without fear of molestation. People have closed their eyes to the reality that Bauchi is a civil service state, where about 80 per cent of its allocations go into paying salaries, pensions, gratuities and sundry claims. That means it’s only about 20 per cent of its revenue that is left for capital expenditure.
“Most people either don’t understand this or refuse to understand the predicament. When the governor came he tried to correct the trend and to put things in order, including tracking the ghost worker syndrome,” he stated.
On the suspension of Walter Onnoghen as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr Waziri said the President acted well to save the country of monumental embarrassment.
“Which of the three arms of government should lead in the fight against corruption? Is it not the judiciary? If the citadel of justice is corrupt, what will happen to the body polity?
“If you are the President, would you sit down and watch when everybody knows that you are fighting corruption and the head of that institution is accused of not declaring his assets according to the provisions of the law? Would you wait for due diligence in the face of public opprobrium before you do something as the president?” he asked.
He said if he were the CJN he would put in his resignation “and go home with some leftover of my honour.”

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