Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
A House of Representatives member, Ahmed Yerima, Wednesday stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) members in Bauchi state will not allow the state governor, Muhammed Abubakar, pull it into a state of stagnation.
Yerima, in a piece which he titled “Bauchi State And Its Challenges”, expressed concern over what he described as a “disconnect” between the governor, key stakeholders, the grass roots and various interest groups in the state.
He said instead of taking advice, the Governor took a defensive position implying that Federal Legislators from Bauchi are encroaching into his territory.
“As the PDP in the state is repositioning its strategies to win the 2019 elections, many of us feel we will not let the Governor pull us (APC) back to the doldrums.
“The Governor felt threatened, for no apparent reason, the cultivation of political capital which constitutes the stakeholders, electorate and political interest groups are the greatest assets a politician can have but the Governor has become possessive of his powers.
“Apart from the unfulfilled promises of milk and honey to delegates, other anomalies followed, “he said.
According to him, the ongoing public demonstration of pensioners, public servants, teachers and artisans over verification exercise and the non-payment of salaries and pensions depicts failure on the part of government in the state.
The law maker described accusations against the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara saying he is anti – APC by sympathizers of the Bauchi government as the height of an invalid argument saying that there is no basis to that assertion.
“We don’t know where his loyalists got the guts to challenge our roots in the party. We were active members of the party from its formative stage to its maturation, committing ourselves totally to its success, “he added.