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We’ve not deserted Dogara, we remain with him– Another faction of former aides declare


Yau Dass, briefs journalists at the NUJ Press Centre

By Akanji Olowolodu, Bauchi

Three days after a group of people who claimed to be former Legislative aides to former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Barr Yakubu Dogara berated him and dissociated themselves from his political stance, another faction of former aides has debunked the allegation raised by the other former aides. 

The first group of former aides had announced that they deserted him because of his political antics which is heating up the polity in the state with regard to the gubernatorial elections.

The second group said that those so-called former aides are “disgruntled elements” some of whom were hangers-on Yakubu Dogara has been helping for almost 20 years.

The former Aides led by Yau Dass who was reacting to some allegations leveled against Yakubu Dogara by a former aide to the Bauchi state governor, Barrister Kefas Musa Magaji and his cohorts during a press conference in Bauchi, said that ordinarily, they would not have responded to the allegations, but for the question they raised, they feel they should put the record straight.

According to him, “it was not surprising what we heard from Barrister Kefas Musa Magaji yesterday, 14th March, 2023 in a Press Conference,” adding that those allegations were unfounded lies from the blues coming from someone nursing the pains of losing an election should not surprise any sensible person.” 

He added that, “The press conference by the so called concerned Zaar and claimed ethnic groups of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State was informed by the tears of Governor Bala after a series of failed media propaganda of what happened in his hometown, Duguri.”

He also said that,”On that premise, no segment of our community and the state should take those monumental lies with a pinch of salt.”

Yau Dass further stated that, “It is pertinent we ask them the following questions: Where were they when Governor Bala Mohammed constructed thousands of housing units and refused to allocate a single unit to Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Governments?

” Why didn’t they fight for Zaar Land to get even a single unit?Where was Kefas Magaji when Bala Mohammed was busy developing Bununu area while no single project was allocated to Tafawa Balewa town and Saghn Gami land? Did he ever fight for any projects anywhere near Zaar land, and if he did, where are the projects? Let them name the projects”

He added that, “Ask them to tell Zaar people where Bala Mohammed got the billions he used to build the biggest private residence in Nigeria in Bauchi at the time he failed and refused to pay workers salaries and pension since 2019. Ask them to tell us if the reason advanced by the Bauchi Emirate Council for removing Wazirin Bauchi from his office is not disloyalty to the governor. Further ask where is any religious book is a father obligated to be loyal to his son?

Yau Dass further said that, “What is the consequences of dishonoring a father in the scriptures and if it’s a curse why would any reasonable person especially someone who either a Christian or Muslim be engaged in leading a campaign to enthrone a cursed person as a leader on our people.”

“Ask them to tell the people where Bala Mohammed got the billions he spent in his failed run for the Presidency when workers and teachers were dying because he refused to pay their salaries and promotion arrears?

He also said that, ” Ask Kefas Magaji and Iliya Habila to tell Zaarland what happened to LGA funds under their watch as chairmen? Can they, in all honesty, render an account to our people? 

He further asked, “Are they not driven by fear of Rt Hon Dogara’s assertion that anyone who has stolen LGA funds or state funds would be made to face the music when Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar becomes governor? Why are they lying to our people?

He continued that, “We call our people to ignore these characters that are known serial liars and can do anything to defend the crumbs they pick from Kaura’s table against the larger interest of our people which Kaura is busy raping.”

According to him,” They failed to defend Zaar interest as highlighted above but they are busy defending Kaura’s many lies and deceit because they are Kaura’s co-drifters having given him unfettered access to our LGA funds and are now dead-scared of any change of government that will expose their crime against our people.”

He stated that, ”We have the records of their sleeze while serving as Chairmen of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro LGAs and thankfully it is before the EFCC too. We urged our people to ignore these characters who are prepared to sell our rights for a morsel of meal. As a smart people, we must look at the direction Bauchi people are going and join in so that we don’t waste our votes.”

“As a people, we urge our Zaar brothers/sisters to invest our votes rather than waste them on Kaura whose ambition is already doomed if signals from other LGAs in Bauchi State are anything to go by. Let us invest our votes in Air Marshal Sadiq, the man who brought Air force University to Bauchi state and more specifically Tafawa Balewa,” he stressed.

He claimed that, “Regarding the issue of bringing Kauran Bauchi into Office in 2019, it is an open secret that Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara rallied support for him in numerous ways from the Fund Raisers in Abuja to the campaign and negotiations with other aspirants alongside other political gladiators in 2019 such as Baba Waziri, Sen Nazif Gamawa, Sen Isah Hamma, Sen Abdul Ningi, Alh Yayale, Hon Yakubu Wowo, alongside other illustrious sons of Bauchi State. It is on record that Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogra was given 51% of the party structure in PDP then but graciously decided to cast his weight behind Kaura who eventually emerged the party’s flag bearer”

Yau Dass concluded stating that, 

”Regarding roads, are they talking of proposed roads to be constructed or what ? We hope the mirage roads would eventually be constructed when Air Marshall becomes the Governor.

It is unfortunate for a lawyer of Bar Kefas Magaji’s standing to state without concrete evidence that Rt. Hon Dogara has built or bought houses overseas. Equally, he should name the neighbour who was required to sale his land in lieu of any assistance from Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara.”

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