‘Bala Mohammed Poised To Upstage Atiku, Anyim, Saraki, Others’

 
Wed May 25th, 2022 - Abuja (FCT)
 

Barring unforeseen circumstances, presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed is poised to upstage other notable candidates of the party, in the countdown to the primaries of the party scheduled for May 29 and 30 in Abuja.

Apart from Bala Mohammed, the aspirants Rivers State Governor barrister Nyesom Wike, former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Senate President and SGF Anyim Pius Anyim, former Senate President and two-time Governor of Kwara state Dr. Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal and former Governor of Anambra State Mr. Peter Obi. Others are two boardroom gurus Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa and Hayatu-Deen, former Ekiti state Governor Ayodele Fayose, media mogul Dele Momodu, Charles Ugwu, Hon. Chikwendu Kalu and Tareila Diana.

Latest checks by our correspondent indicate that a leading swing factor is the verifiable achievement of the Bauchi State Governor in the areas of infrastructure, security, party loyalty and a rich pedigree that cuts across several areas of service such as the legislature, deep knowledge of the civil service and his demonstrable passion for upholding the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaking with our correspondent in Abuja yesterday, Director of Mobilisation of the Bala Mohammed Presidential Consulting Council, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo told reporters that the campaign team was getting more confident with each passing day of a nation-wide tour that has taken the aspirant to 31 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Dr. Agbo, a former Special Adviser as well as member of the Benue State House of Assembly, who had also served twice as chairman of the Benue State chapter of the party and recently the Deputy National Secretary, said that the demographics also favoured Senator Bala Mohammed whose selfless support for the state chapters of the party has also endeared him to members who would not forget, in a hurry, his rescue mission to them when they were orphaned by the party’s of power at the centre and the disappearance of prominent members for whom they had suffered.

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In the North-east, for example, our checks corroborated then claim that party faithful in Yobe, Borno and Gombe were waiting to reciprocate Bala Mohammed for picking up their bills after their benefactor and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar abandoned the state chapters first, on joining the All-Progressive Congress (APC) in 2013 and second, following his departure to Dubai after losing to President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections. Corroborating this position, a one-time secretary of the party in Adamawa State, Alhaji Musa Jada said: “Bala Mohammed is a loyal and consistent benefactor. He took care of us when we had no father or mother. It is time to pay him back,” a sentiment that is shared by delegates and party leaders in Yobe, Borno and Gombe, let alone Bala Mohammed’s home state of Bauchi where he is highly respected across party lines.

A PDP leader from Bayelsa State who would not want his name in print explained that the news that former President Goodluck Jonathan would no longer run as speculated had been received with relief by delegates from the South-South zone who, hitherto, had been agonizing over the prospect of Bala Mohammed running against President Jonathan under any circumstances. Now that the coast is clear, delegates outside Rivers State who appear to be in the firm grip of Governor Nyesom Wike are poised, like their North-East counterparts, to return the favour of Bala Mohammed who, through the Doctrine of Necessity Motion, activated the groundswell of constitutional processes that led to Goodluck Jonathan’s assumption of office, as acting president and subsequently, as president in 2010. Edo, Delta, Bayelsa and Cross River can be called for the Bauchi Governor.

Elsewhere, Bala Mohammed’s pedigree in the provision of infrastructure is said to have thrilled delegates who, despite differing political points of view, rank rapid infrastructural development, people empowerment and agriculture, areas that Bala Mohammed has shown unparalleled pedigree, as game-changers in the delegates’ hunt. “Who would not want a Marshall Plan to unleash a developmental momentum, that provides jobs for the people and takes the youth off crime and criminality?”, Jada asked. Without waiting to be answered, he pointed to Bala Mohammed’s track record as minister of the FCT between 2010 and 2015. With reference to that, Jada continued: “You can see how he opened up the FCT hinterland through the creation of new districts and the highly innovative land swap policy that, according to Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, will save the Federal Government a whopping One Trillion Naira”. According to him, it is not common for a government spokesperson to acknowledge the opposition unless it has done something highly remarkable or extra-ordinary”.

 
 

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source: Leadership