By Stanley Onyekwere
Minister of the FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed has described Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, as an unabashed fifth columnist in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), just as he denied the allegation of being the sponsor of the thugs that attacked the presidential campaign team of President Goodluck Jonathan in the state.
Recall Mohammed was stoned and assaulted by political thugs while he was on stage addressing supporters at the PDP presidential campaign rally, last week’s Thursday.
However, Governor Yuguda alleged that the FCT Minister had hired thugs to stone and embarrass himself (the Minister) and by extension President Goddluck Jonathan, while addressing the presidential rally in his home state.
Instead, the minister claimed that Yuguda has proven correct the allegation that he has been hobnobbing with the APC at night and running with the PDP in daytime.
The minister, yesterday in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Nosike Ogbuenyi, insisted that those behind the attack on him are clearly those who do not want his star or that of the President to shine, but unfortunately for them they are too late on that mission.
“The question that the Governor must answer quickly without equivocation is: why did the thugs not stone him (Yuguda) whilst he was addressing the same rally, on the same podium and on the same day?
“Yugudu should also tell the world why he has suddenly turned into an APC spokesman, by exonerating the opposition party of culpability in the attack of the PDP presidential campaign team in Bauchi.
“Many Nigerians still remember recent media reports that Yuguda is the real godfather and sponsor of the APC gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi state; and that he has not been campaigning for President Jonathan’s re-election in the state.
“By Yuguda’s latest embarrassing conduct, he has successfully exposed his chameleonic character as an APC mole in the PDP” he alleged.
Mohammed recalled that the first attack he received for wholeheartedly supporting Jonathan (then Vice President) was in 2010, adding that Yuguda did everything humanly possible to recall and politically annihilate him from the National Assembly as the Senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District.
He noted that his only sin was that he mobilized fellow lawmakers to invoke the famous ‘Doctrine of Necessity’ to confer powers on the then Vice President Jonathan to act as President while late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was away, in Saudi Arabia receiving medical attention.
He added that in 2011 political thugs who were protesting the victory of President Jonathan in that year’s election razed down a two-storey building belonging to the FCT Minister, and nearly killed his mother and other relatives in Bauchi.
According to him, the thugs touched none of the property of Governor Yuguda, but the simple reason his house was torched and his relatives traumatized was the unequivocal support and contributions to President Jonathan’s electoral victory.
“Since then, Senator Bala Mohammed has become a force to reckon with at the highest echelon of the PDP; on Thursday, 22nd January 2015, those who are conversant with the negative trend of Bauchi politics since the Yuguda era were not surprised when the FCT Minister paid another price for supporting President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The Hon. Minister will never be deterred by attacks on his person and/or malicious fabrications by selfish, mischievous and insincere politicians,” the Media Aide said.
“We therefore enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to completely disregard Yuguda’s outrageous allegation, In fact, anyone who believes his wild allegation would believe anything,” the statement added.