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Dogara leads the coalition of top Bauchi political leaders against Bala Mohammed


Dogara leads the coalition of top Bauchi political leaders against Bala Mohammed

By Ahmed Ahmed

Hon Yakubu Dogara, the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, is leading a coalition of different interest and political groups against Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State.

The former House Speaker, though a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has pitched his tent with the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) retired Air Marshall Sadiq Baba Abubakar.

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Notable amongst political heavy weights and leaders in the coalition include second Republic minister and an elderstatesman Alhaji Bello Kirfi, former Governors Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, Malam Isa Yuguda, another PDP chieftain Senator Suleiman Nazif, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, Hon Abdulmumin Kudak, Hon Mohammed Sani Abdu, Hon Yakubu Abdullahi Wowo amongst others.

In 2019, Hon Dogara, as a sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives, then led a similar coalition that ousted Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of the APC from the seat of Bauchi governor.

Shortly after his emergence as Governor, Bala Mohammed fell out with most of the political stalwarts that came together and supported his election.

He was accused of reneging on potlical agreements reached before the election and corruption, including diversion of local government funds., non-payment of workers’ salaries, and pension, among others.

Responding to questions by journalists as to whether he has returned to the APC by supporting its candidate for Bauchi governorship, he said: “I am supporting candidates, not parties.”

The former Speaker had supported and delivered his two proteges- Shehu Buba and Jafaru Leko – in the APC who were elected as Senator and members of the House of Representatives, respectively.

He had said that all his candidates except the presidential are in the APC.

For the past weeks, he has been leading campaign of the APC candidate Air Marshall Abubakar (rtd) across the length and breath of Bauchi State where he described the four years of Governor Bala Mohammed as a disaster to the people of Bauchi State.

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