From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The Bauchi State governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has refuted allegations that he was sponsored by Governor Isa Yuguda to secure the party’s gubernatorial ticket, just as he dismissed that he was rigged in to being the APC candidate.
Barrister Abubaka made the refutation while speaking to newsmen shortly after his first outing as APC gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi yesterday, describing the insinuation as a blatant lie, stressing that since he lost an election under the PDP when Yuguda pretended to be supporting him but suddenly abandoned him mid way, he had not had anything to do with PDP and Yuguda.
Abubakar said: “Of course, I have never heard any nonsense more that. Because I became Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in 1990 and Yuguda then was a lowly staff in Federal Mortgage Bank and he was not the governor of Bauchi State then. There was no way I could have been his Attorney General and he introduced me to politics as alleged by the paper, there is no blatant lie more than that.”
“I contested for Senate and everybody knew and everybody thought he was supporting me then in PDP but you saw what happened. If Yuguda was my friend and sponsor, he would have sponsored me to go to the senate. He started by playing a trick when we were suppose to go for the completion of the term to fill the vacate seat of Bauchi South after Senator Bala Mohammed was appointed FCT minister.
The one time Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commissioner described his election as the flag bearer of the APC as the freest and fairest election he ever witnessed in his life.
He dismissed the insinuations that the primary election was rigged saying the party set an Appeal Committee and the committee found nothing wrong with the election.
According to him, “I thank God for giving me the victory at the primaries of my party. The election that took place was the freest and fairest I have ever witnessed anywhere in the world. The election was conducted in a long Tennis Court in Zaranda hotel and it has only one entrance which was guarded by the soldiers. There was nothing to mar that election. The election was free and fair.”
“There no over voting, the voting was done before everybody and even when agents of other aspirants raised the issue of excess votes, the Electoral Committee before announcing the result recounted the votes and saw where they went wrong and they recorded the correct figures on the result sheet” he recounted.