Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has refuted claims that he is planning to dump the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Governor, in a statement by his media aide, Mukhtar Gidado on Friday, ruled out reports that he is among three opposition governors negotiating to join the ruling party.
The statement reads: “We wish to state that the story is disingenuous speculation driven by a clear marketing urge, to feed the appetites of readers whose hunger for scandalous 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 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 disenabling infrastructure deficit, the near collapse of education and petty crimes.”
He noted that “to any patriotic politician, a huge challenge of this nature calls for full-time engagement and not political fortune-hunting. Based on the above, Governor Bala Mohammed 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.”
Mohammed further urged supporters, members of the PDP family and the people of Bauchi State to ignore such report as it has no substance.
The Governor reassured that his administration is firmly focused on delivering more dividends of democracy to all irrespective of party affiliation, gender and tribe.