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Published On: Sun, Aug 31st, 2014

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Hon Yusuf Maitama TuggarBy Ali Abare Abubakar

Frontline gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state, Hon. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar has threatened to quit politics if the out-going governor of the state, Isa Yuguda defects to his party.

 He stated this in a chat last night, insisting that Yuguda politics was not inspired by public service.

Governor Yuguda defected to the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party(ANPP), in 2006, after he was edged out in the run up to the 2007 election. He was elected governor on the ANPP alongside Tuggar, who represented Gamawa federal constituency.

No sooner afterwards than Yuguda retraced his steps back to the PDP, estranging him with his deputy, who remained in the ANPP with Tuggar until the dawn of  the now defunct Congress for Progressive Change(CPC).

In the 2011 general election, Tuggar flying the flag of the defunct CPC, lost the governorship election to Yuguda in controversial circumstances, compelling the challenger to ask for cancellation.

APC is a fusion of ANPP,CPC and ACN. It is poised to seriously challenge the PDP, Yuguda’s current political party.

There is a widespread rumour that the Bauchi governor is set to defect again to APC, which the likes of Tuggar are kicking against, on the grounds that Yuguda’s politics was tainted, lacking in the principle of service to the people.

“If Yuguda defects to the APC and is welcomed, I will simply quit politics and face my business. His defection to our party will be a joke,a farce; it will mean that the party has not learned from his betrayal of the people’s mandate of 2007. I will not join another political party; I will just face my business” he assured.

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