Supreme Court Affirms Bala Mohammed’s Election As Bauchi Governor

Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed
Mohammed Abubakar                                                                                                      Bala Mohammed

 

 

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Senator Bala Mohammed as the governor of Bauchi State.

The apex court affirmed Governor Mohammed’s election on Monday in Abuja while delivering judgement in the appeal filed by a former governor of the state, Mohammed Abubakar.

Former Governor Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed the appeal to challenge the victory of Governor Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9 poll.

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But the apex court, in a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Datijo, dismissed the APC candidate’s appeal for lacking in merit.

The court upheld the concurrent findings of the lower court affirming the election of Senator Mohammed as the duly elected governor of Bauchi State.

It held that the witness statement of the appellant was incompetent and of no value and in the face of the law, it amounted to no evidence at all.

According to Justice Datijo, the court took the decision on the ground that the witness’ deposition was made in Hausa but only adopted the English translation without attaching the original statement deposed to in Hausa.

He noted that the appellant alleged infractions in 336 polling units and yet, he failed to call witnesses in 307 of the said polling units.

The judge added that some of the witnesses called by the appellant admitted that they did not participate in the election.

He, therefore, held that the appellant has failed to prove the allegation of infractions and the court found no merit in the appeal.

Bauchi Election: Gov Mohammed Optimistic Ahead Of Supreme Court Judgement

 

Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed is optimistic about the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement on the appeal filed by the Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging his victory in the March 2019 election.

The apex court is expected to deliver judgement on Monday 20 January 2019 on three Governorship appeals from Bauchi, Sokoto and Kano.

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Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the commissioner for information, Mr Ladan Salihu, said the Governor is not bothered about the judgement, having won the election overwhelmingly.

“Bala Mohammed is a democrat, a product of democracy, rule of law and he is a champion of good governance. He believes that the judiciary is the last hope of the common man and the common man in Bauchi state voted Bala Mohammed.

“We are very confident that justice will be served in our favour. I wouldn’t be the first to go near the red line of sub judice, but I can tell you confidently that we are not particularly worried, but concerned because it is a process that is not in our hands.

“The governor is very calm, we are hopeful and we are not by any stretch of the imagination, worried or afraid of the process,” he added.

He assured residents and supporters that a final affirmation of Governor Mohammed will only lead to better governance and an improved Bauchi state.

Governor Mohammed of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was declared the winner, defeating incumbent governor, Muhammed Abubakar of the All progressives Congress.

Mohammed Polled a total of 515,113, while Abubakar got 500,625 votes.

Bauchi Governor Suspends Two LG Chairmen

A file photo of Senator Bala Mohammed.

 

 

The Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has suspended two Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen for dereliction of duty.

The affected persons are the Caretaker Committee Chairmen in Ningi and Darazo LGAs respectively – Nura Maishari’a and Gara’u Darazo.

Both men were directed to hand over administrative duties and government properties in their possessions to their respective deputy chairmen with immediate effect until a proper investigation into the allegations was concluded.

The letters of suspension approved by the governor and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mohammed Baba, read:

Government has observed with dismay, your lackadaisical attitude towards running the affairs of the Local Government.

The way in which you have been frequently absconding from the meetings of Local Government Chairmen being conveyed by the Ministry for Local Government Affairs is a dereliction of responsibilities assigned to your Office.

This is for the fact that the meetings serve as a forum in which vital issues regarding Local Government administration are discussed and decisions are taken accordingly.

Other allegations brought against Maishari’a and Darazo include not being able to engage local government stakeholders in managerial affairs.

In addition, they have also received separate blames.

While the suspended Chairman of Darazo was accused for persistent absenteeism from office, that of Ningi was said to have deliberately refused to recognise the recently appointed Local Government Council Secretary.

Maishari’a was also accused of allowing indiscriminate felling of trees which the government said undermines its efforts to combat desertification and environmental challenges in Bauchi.

PHOTOS: Bauchi Govt Budgets N167bn For 2020

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, presents the 2020 Appropriation Bill to members of the State House of Assembly on December 10, 2019.

 

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill of over N167 billion to members of the State House of Assembly.

A breakdown of the estimate shows that capital expenditure gulps 57 per cent of the budget while recurrent expenditure represents 43 per cent.

The bill tagged “Budget of Renewal of Hope,” is less than the figure proposed in the last two previous years.

Education has the lion’s share with over N26 billion representing 16.10 per cent, closely followed by the health sector with a proposal of over N25 billion representing 15.41 per cent.

In his presentation, Governor Mohammed explained that the idea of the reduction was to avoid an overly ambitious budget that does not achieve implementation goals.

He listed the areas of priority in the budget as health, education, agriculture, job creation, women and youth development, as well as poverty reduction and community development.

See more photos of the budget presentation below:

Court Dismisses APC, Ex-Bauchi Gov’s Appeal, Affirms Bala Mohammed’s Election

Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed
Mohammed Abubakar                                                                                                    Mohammed Bala

 

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos has affirmed the election of Bala Mohammed as the governor of Bauchi State.

A five-man panel of justices of the court gave the judgement during a sitting on Friday in the Plateau State capital.

Justice Adumein Otisi delivered the lead judgement and the other four justices concurred with the verdict that Governor Mohammed won the March 9 governorship poll in the state.

He held that there was no merit in the appeal filed by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, and his party.

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However, all issues raised by the appellants were resolved in favour of Governor Mohammed and his party – the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The appellate court also affirmed the decision of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal and awarded a cost of N200,000 in favour of the governor and his party.

Reacting to the judgement, Governor Mohammed said he has forfeited the fine awarded by the court against the appellants – the former governor and the APC.

He extended the olive branch to the opposition and appealed to them to join him in providing good governance for the people of Bauchi State.

The governor noted that he waited for the judgement in apprehension, saying the news of his triumph was a huge relief.

Tribunal Upholds Bala Mohammed’s Election As Bauchi Governor

 

The Bauchi State election Tribunal has affirmed Bala Mohammed as governor of the state.

The tribunal judge, Justice Salihu Salisu, on Monday dismissed the petition of the Mohammed Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for lacking in merit.

Justice Salisu ruled that the allegations by the petitions against respondents remain unsubstantiated and 2nd respondent (Bala Mohammed) is duly elected with a majority of lawful votes.

He said the elections held on March 9 and 23, 2019 are valid.

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The immediate past governor Mohammed Abubakar and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are challenging the declaration of Bala Mohammed of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the 2019 governorship election held on April 9th and 23rd by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

They filed a petition on the 12th of April 2019.

Governor Abubakar and the APC are alleging over voting and non-compliance in some polling units in Bogoro Tafawa Balewa and Bauchi local government areas of the state.

 

Killings: Fulani Crisis Perpetrated By Those Outside Nigeria – Governor Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has attributed the farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country to persons outside the country.  

The governor during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said “In most cases, the crisis is precipitated by those outside Nigeria. When there is a reprisal, it is not the Fulani man within Nigeria that cause it.

“It is that culture of getting revenge which is embedded in the tradition of the Fulani man that attracts reprisals from all over the place”.

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has absolved the Fulani herders of the attacks arising from farmers/herdsmen crisis in the country.

When asked if Fulani herdsmen from outside the country will benefit from the Federal Government’s RUGA initiative aimed at addressing the farmers/herders clashes, the governor replied in the affirmative.

“It has to be done through sensitisation, telling them you have to buy into the project, and you use a language that seems to convince them,” the governor said.

Speaking about his administration’s agenda, the governor lamented that the previous administration looted the state’s treasury. He, therefore stated that he is working towards improving the standards of living of the people.

 

Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed

Bauchi Governor Congratulates PDP’s Bala Mohammed

 

The Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abubakar, has congratulated the Governor-elect of the state, Senator Bala Mohammed, on his victory in the governorship election in the state.

Governor Abubakar extended his goodwill message to Senator Mohammed in a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Ali Ali.

The statement was issued shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the election.

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) defeated the incumbent governor after polling a total of 515,113 votes ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate who got 500,625 votes.

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The governor said he was delighted to note that in spite of the intensity of the campaigns, the election took place without bloodshed.

He thanked the people of the state for their support and urged them to extend the same support to the incoming chief executive of the state.

Governor Abubakar also extended an invitation to the governor-elect to join him in working out the process of a smooth transition.

He, however, urged Senator Mohammed to caution his supporters to be law-abiding while celebrating his victory.

Read the full statement below:

Congratulatory Message To Bauchi Governor-Elect Sen Bala Mohammed

Gov Abubakar wishes to congratulate Governor-elect of Bauchi state Senator  Bala Mohammed.

“I congratulate my brother, Sen Bala on this victory at the polls.

“I am delighted to note that in spite of the intensity of the campaigns in our dear state, a peaceful election took place without bloodshed.

“Let me, therefore, invite the Governor-elect to join me in working out the process of a smooth transition.

“I sincerely thank the entire people of Bauchi state for their support to my administration and urge them to extend the same to the incoming administration.

“I also urge governor-elect to caution his supporters to be law abiding while celebrating since the period of campaigns is now over.

PDP Congratulates Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto Governors-Elect

PDP Congratulates Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto Governors-Elect

 

The PDP has congratulated its candidates who won the governorship election held in Bauchi, Benue, and Sokoto States.

The party said this in a series of tweets on Tuesday after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the PDP members as the winners in the three states.

The PDP also thanked its supporters and the people of the states for what it described as “making the right choice” after the supplementary elections held in those states.


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In Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal was re-elected for a second term after polling a total of 512,002 votes to defeat Mr Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 511,660 votes.

Governor Samuel Ortom was also returned elected for a second term in Benue State after he got 434,473 votes to beat APC’s Emmanuel Jime who had 345,155 votes.

Senator Bala Mohammed, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, defeated the incumbent Governor Mohammed Abubakar in Bauchi State after polling a total of 515,113 votes ahead of the governor who got 500,625 votes.

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Dogara Congratulates Bala Mohammed, Says It’s Time To Rebuild Bauchi

Dogara Congratulates Bala Mohammed, Says It’s Time To Rebuild Bauchi
A file photo of Mr Yakubu Dogara

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reacted to the victory of Senator Bala Mohammed in the Bauchi State governorship election.

In a statement personally signed by him, the lawmaker said the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is the crowning of the struggle for the emancipation and liberation of our people.”

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared Senator Mohammed as the winner of the keenly contested election, more than two weeks after the poll held.

Following the victory of the PDP, Dogara said the people of the state have demonstrated to the world that no man-made chains can bind them to “servitude”.

According to him, the results of the election have sent a clear message that Bauchi will never “bend its back again for an oppressor to ride”.

“Today’s victory is ours. Today’s victory speaks to a better and brighter future for ourselves, our children and generations yet unborn,” the Speaker said.

He added, “We have proven that working together, there is no challenge that we cannot overcome as a people. I understand as we all celebrate this victory because it came at a coast so many of us were willing to pay in order to salvage our state from the precipice.

“But we cannot tarry long on this mountain of celebrations as what today’s victory demands of us is to go to work immediately.”

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A file photo of Senator Bala Mohammed

 

The lawmaker decried that over 1.3 million children in Bauchi were roaming the streets without access to education while the hospitals do not qualify as consulting clinics.

He also said thousands of youths in the state have no jobs and retirees have no pensions and gratuities, adding that the local government system in the state has collapsed.

Dogara, however, noted that it was time to rebuild Bauchi and urged the people never to allow the state to fall into the hands of those he described as greedy people.

He said, “Bauchi people have decided that Senator Bala Mohammed and Senator Baba Tela will lead us to recovery and progress in the next four years.

“I am happy of the rich pedigree they bring to the table. We will support you with all we can as we look forward to an immediate positive impact in your first 100 days in office.”

The lawmaker congratulated the Governor-elect and the Deputy Governor-elect, as well as the people of Bauchi and their leaders who he said sacrificed so much to make the victory possible.

PDP’s Bala Mohammed Wins Bauchi Governorship Election

 

PDP’s Bala Muhammed has been declared the winner of the governorship race in Bauchi State.

Mr Bala Mohammed defeated the incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress.

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Mohammed polled a total of 515,113 votes while the APC polled 500,625.

The Returning officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced the winner and returned the former FCT Minister Bala Muhammed as the Governor of Bauchi State.

Supplementary Elections: Ben Bruce Felicitates With Tambuwal, Bala Mohammed On Their Victories

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Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has sent out felicitation messages following the declarations of results for the supplementary elections in Bauchi and Sokoto States.   

Bruce, the lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the Senate, took to his Twitter page to congratulate Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed who emerged winners of the elections rerun in Sokoto and Bauchi respectively.

The parliamentarian said that the victory in Sokoto is a sign that Tambuwal had served well.

“Congratulations to my good friend, Governor Aminu Tambuwal. Your successful re-election is proof that you have served well and thus earned another four years from the good people of Sokoto state. To God be the glory,” Bruce Twitted.

Similarly, Senator Bruce stated that Bala Mohammed’s election heralds a new dawn in Bauchi state and a renewed hope for the people.

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“Congratulations my brother Sen. Bala Mohammed, Governor-Elect, Bauchi State. You achieved this in the midst of intimidation and oppression.

“I am very proud of you. It’s a new day and renewed hope for the great people of Bauchi state.”

Channels Television had earlier reported that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, had been re-elected for a second term.

The state Collation Officer, Professor Fatima Muktar, returned him as the winner of the governorship election on Sunday, a day after supplementary polls were held.

The PDP candidate polled a total of 512,002 votes after the 25,515 votes he got from the supplementary elections were added to the number of votes from the first exercise held on March 9.

His closest rival, Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 511,660 after his 22,444 votes from the supplementary election were added to that of the March 9 election.

In a similar vein, PDP’s Bala Mohammed won the supplementary election in Bauchi State.

Returning Officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced that the PDP candidate polled a total of 6,376 while the candidate of the APC, Muhammed Abubakar, who is the incumbent governor polled 5,117.

Prof Kyari, however, noted that he is in no position to make a return because the case involving the Tafawa Balewa LGA is still in court.