The FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, has denied purchasing 22 18-Seater buses for the Bauchi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it was done by his Committee of Friends.
It would be recalled that it was widely reported that the minister presented the buses to the Bauchi State Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ibrahim Yaro Yaro in Bauchi, recently.
However, the minister said the donation was made at a time when he was far away in Brazil, as part of the Federal Government’s delegation led by the Senate President, Senator David Mark, to the opening of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
In a statement issued by the minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Muhammad Sule, in Abuja, the minister frowned at the action of those trying to misinterpret the positive democratic spirit behind the donation of the vehicles by his friends at a time when he was away from the country.
He said as a former Senator, a prominent politician and statesman, he has network of friends across Bauchi State and the country at large who believe in his leadership qualities as well as those of his principal, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, whose Transformation Agenda is improving the wellbeing and living standard of Nigerians rapidly. According to him, it is not out of place for his friends to assist the party.