‘A Pity If He Wasn’t Consulted’: Mohammed Reacts To Lamido’s Position On PDP Consensus

A file photo of Governor Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed on Saturday said it was a pity former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, wasn’t consulted before he was selected as one of the Peoples Democratic Party’s consensus candidates by northern elders.

Governor Mohammed and former Senate President Bukola Saraki said on Friday that they had emerged as consensus candidates after a decision by northern elders of the PDP.

But Lamido, a PDP chieftain, said the northern elders who sanctioned the consensus did not speak for PDP members in the North.

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“The position of the northern elders is not only injurious to the North but equally injurious to the northern aspirants,” Lamido said.

Reacting to the former Governor’s statement, Mohammed said his selection was the work of God and was not influenced in any way.

“Just yesterday I was selected as one of the consensus candidates for the PDP for the next presidential election,” he said. “People may take it as something that is influenced, that we have gone to look for or ask people to give us the recognition – far away from that.

“It is also a mark of recognition and the work of God that I will not take for granted.

“I have tremendous respect for Alhaji Sule Lamido as a former Governor and who is leading former Governors. He is entitled to his opinion. I did not know what the Northern Elders used or who they have contacted to come up with the consensus. It’s a pity if he’s not consulted or if he was not contacted but certainly, he is not the only person in Northern Nigeria and those that have been contacted have done the job on his behalf because such a responsibility is always done on behalf of others. But he is entitled to his opinion and we respect him. But certainly, even if he does not endorse us, others have endorsed us.

The Governor was speaking in Bauchi shortly after receiving the nomination letter of the Sun Governor of the Year, 2021.

He also acknowledged that there are those who did not participate in the consensus like Mr Atiku Abubakar and that they will reach out to him and other Southern aspirants, including the Sule Lamido group, to ensure that they work together and reach an agreement.

Consensus Candidate: Tambuwal Distances Self From Saraki, Mohammed’s Emergence

A file photo of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

 

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has dissociated himself from the consensus arrangement that led to the emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki and Governor Bala Mohammed as the proposed presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Director of Organisation and Mobilisation for the Tambuwal Campaign Organisation (TCO), Nicholas Msheliza, made the position of the governor known in a statement on Friday.

Saraki is the immediate past President of the Senate and former governor of Kwara State while Mohammed is the incumbent governor of Bauchi State.

The trio of Tambuwal, Saraki, and Mohammed has embarked on a tour of states with an objective to consult with other presidential aspirants and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a bid to ensure the emergence of a northerner as the party’s candidate in the coming elections.

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After weeks of consultations, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) of the PDP Governor Mohammed and Senator Saraki as their consensus candidates, following a meeting on Friday in Minna, Niger State.

The group which met with former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, explained that the trio alongside another aspirant, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, presented themselves for the consensus.

The trio met in Bauchi State on March 20, 2022.

 

They later endorsed Mohammed and Saraki following a vote and urged both aspirants to work together for further consultations to come up with one consensus candidate.

Reacting to the development, Msheliza insisted that the consensus arrangement initially agreed had failed before the NEF’s meeting, stressing that Tambuwal would not renege in his pursuit of becoming the next president.

Read the full statement by TCO below:

The attention of the Tambuwal Campaign Organisation (TCO) has been drawn to a news item that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Gov. Bala Muhammad of Bauchi state have emerged as consensus candidates from amongst the four of us announced at a meeting in Minna, Niger state.

This is, to be candid and forthright, not correct.

The correct situation is that the team met on Wednesday 20th April 2022, at Bauchi Governor’s lodge in Abuja and had a review meeting; and, unanimously agreed that the consensus arrangement was not working.

The team further agreed that Sen. Saraki should come up with a draft statement on how to communicate this decision to the Nigerian public. This was the last time that members of the team sat and mutually agreed on anything.

The proposed meeting to review and vet the statement scheduled for 10pm on the same day was aborted unilaterally by Sen. Saraki via a WhatsApp message.

However, on Thursday, 21st, 2022, same Sen Saraki circulated yet another WhatsApp message suggesting that members of the team should head to Minna for a meeting on Friday, Gov. Tambuwal reached other members of the team and informed them that he stands by the decision of the team that the initiative is not working.

This is the reason Gov. Tambuwal was absent at today’s (Friday) meeting in Minna. As a result, therefore, the outcome of the Minna meeting has no consequence or any implication on the aspiration of Gov. Tambuwal, who had earlier informed his colleagues of maintaining their agreed position that the initiative has collapsed.

Members of the public should be reminded that what was canvassed for was a consensus candidate and not consensus candidates.

For the avoidance of doubt, Gov Tambuwal has submitted his presidential nomination forms and now that the quest for a consensus candidate out of the four has clearly collapsed, will go ahead and face screening and indeed contest the PDP presidential primaries.

This is in consonance with his acclaimed outlook as a pan-Nigerian candidate, with a pedigree of national service as the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, life member of the Body of Benchers, and now in his second and final term as Governor of Sokoto state.

Nicholas Msheliza

Director, Organisation and Mobilisation for TCO

April 22, 2022

Abuja

2023 Presidency: PDP Northern Elders Endorse Saraki, Bala Mohammed

 

Northern elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have endorsed Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed and Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the consensus candidates of the party.

The group made the decision after a meeting with General Ibrahim Babangida on Friday in Minna.

Giving the recommendation of the Northern Elders to Journalists at the Uphill Residence of Babangida, Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi, said that the two aspirants have been urged to work together to make allowance for further consultations to come up with one consensus candidate.

“For the purpose of this exercise, it is hereby resolved that Governor Bala Mohammed from the North East and former Senate President Bukola Saraki from the North Central be presented as the northern consensus candidates for the moment,” he said.

“The successful aspirants are hereby urged to work together to make allowance for further consultations to foster understanding among themselves and the PDP community to ensure a rancour free primaries in which all eligible candidates would be free to exercise their right.”

According to Ango, four aspirants from northern Nigeria presented themselves for the consensus including Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor Bala Mohammed, Dr Bukola Saraki, and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen.

He said that General Babangida opted for inclusion through wider consultation and assigned him to design a criteria and carry out the necessary consultations with elders and leaders across the three geopolitical zones in the north.

Ango said that the process is conducted in three stages which include candidates assessment, zonal assessment and PDP previous experiences.

“In the first phase, the opinions of six distinguished persons each from the three geopolitical zones were sought with regards to each of the four aspirants.

“Each of the Zonal delegates was allocated two votes to choose the first and second choice making a total of 36 votes overall.

The outcome of that consultation was as follows: Seven votes for Aminu Waziri, 10 votes for Bala Mohammed, 10 votes for Bukola Saraki and five votes for Mohammed Hayatu-deen.

“One of the elders deferred his votes on grounds of continuing consultations with traditional rulers and other major stakeholders. Two members did not cast their second ballots bringing the total to 32 votes cast out of 36,” he said.

He said it was then resolved that a leading aspirant from North Central and one from North East are to be presented as northern presidential candidates.

“The two would in turn be required to make further concessions so that in the end one of them would be presented as the consensus candidate, out of the four that presented themselves from the north”.

Also speaking to Journalists, the Governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed said that he and Saraki would meet to come up with one consensus Presidential candidate adding that they will do their best to build unity for the north and Nigeria.

“We have reached an agreement to seek consensus so that we can close rank and build unity for the north and Nigeria. We are happy that after due process and due consultation, involving the PDP Northern Elders Forum, I and Saraki have been chosen as Northern consensus candidates. We will go ahead and consult more among ourselves and bring out one candidate.”

He stated that those who have not made it are free to aspire if they wish while appreciating Babangida, the northern elders and other members of PDP for the confidence they have in them.

“The criteria used are transparent and acceptable to all of us. We are not proud or arrogant about this outcome, we are taking it with humility and we will make sure we reach out to others to make sure PDP comes up with a consensus candidate free of rancour and division so that we can give Nigerians the leadership they dearly need at this time.”

He clarified that the consensus is the representation of the north adding that discussions are ongoing with other aspirants from the south.

Insecurity: I Pity Buhari . . . He Lacks Support – Bala Mohammed

 

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has indicated that President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the required support to tackle insecurity in the country.

The Governor offered to collaborate with the Federal Government to manage the situation as he revealed that one of the local government areas in Bauchi State was recently attacked by bandits.

He said this while distributing vehicles to district heads and all 20 local government council chairmen in Bauchi State.

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He tasked the council chairmen to also work in security their communities.

“It is unacceptable for the Federal Government to continue to say they cannot secure this country, our communities,” he said. “We have the resources to do it. I really pity our father, the President and Commander-in-Chief. Because he really wants to do it, but he has not been supported.

“I as a Governor, head of a sub-national administration, I’m ready to work with the Federal Government to make sure we secure our state and country. It is our collective responsibility.”

2023 Presidency: Saraki, Tambuwal, Mohammed Agree On Consensus Candidate

 

Some presidential hopefuls in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are closing ranks to choose a possible standard candidate for their party in the forthcoming general elections.

Former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, who spoke on behalf of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, revealed that they have agreed to work together to produce a consensus candidate.

He made the disclosure on Sunday in Bauchi while briefing reporters after the trio held discussions which lasted over two hours behind closed doors.

“With 2023 ahead of us, in trying to rescue the country, the unity of the country, the stability of the country, and the growth of the country are more important than individual ambitions,” Saraki stated. “We also met to strive for the need for us to work together.

“We believe that the three of us are working together harmoniously, committed and with a lot of energy, there will be great hope for this country going ahead. We appreciate that the three of us have shown aspiration to lead this country, but we’ve also come to realise that we are all capable, competent, and fit to lead this country.

“At the end of the day, it is only one person that will lead this country in 2023; and we also resolved that we are going to work closely to ensure that we come out with a way that consensus arrangement would come among the three of us on how to go forward into leading this country.”

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The trio met in Bauchi State on March 20, 2022.

 

The meeting of the three presidential aspirants comes two months ahead of the PDP’s national convention scheduled for May 28 to elect a candidate.

While more PDP members have shown interest in the highest office of the land, there have been clamours for a southern candidate by party leaders from the region.

In his briefing, Saraki explained that it was important for aspirants to look beyond personal ambition to ensure the country was in good hands.

According to him, the PDP is the only party that can lead Nigeria aright as the All Progressives Congress (APC) is struggling to put its house in order.

“We believe our role is to make things easier for us to have stability,” he said. “If there is stability in the PDP, there will be stability in Nigeria. You will all see that APC is no longer a party.

“It (the APC) is having challenges of administering its party, and anybody that cannot administer the party cannot administer the country. So, the only option left for Nigerians is PDP and we believe that because of that level of responsibility, we must bury our personal ambitions.”

2023: PDP Wants To Rescue Nigeria From The Present Division – Bala Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed briefs journalists in Abeokuta, Ogun State during a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on February 23, 2022.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wants to rescue Nigeria from what he describes as the present-day division.

He stated this during a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Addressing journalists after the closed-door meeting that lasted one hour, the governor said he had come to visit the former president because he was instrumental to his career development as well as discuss some of his personal aspirations ahead of the 2023 elections.

“We are rebuilding our party to remove rancour, division. We still need him (Obasanjo) and his words of wisdom are very useful,” Mohammed said.

“So, I came to seek his opinion on some of the things we want to do in the party to close ranks and make sure that we provide Nigerians the opportunity to rescue Nigeria from the present division we have found ourselves in.”

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Governor Mohammed, who is also a presidential aspirant, stressed that Nigeria’s leadership should be based on merit towards bringing everybody on board. The governor stressed he is optimistic about getting the PDP ticket, saying that Nigeria is too large to be ignored.

On zoning, the governor said the PDP is not disturbed if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) zones the presidency to the South. According to him, the main opposition party will strategise, plan and organise to secure victory in the 2023 general elections.

Jonathan Supports Governor Bala Mohammed’s Presidential Ambition

 

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed confidence in the ability of Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi to lead the country.

Speaking during a meeting held on Thursday, Jonathan said he is very familiar with the Governor’s commitment to national service.

Governor Bala served as FCT Minister during Jonathan’s tenure as President.

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“If you are there (as President), then I have a son,” Jonathan said. “Every father wants his son to grow.

“Those of you who worked with me, it is my duty to support you. We are the same family. The best thing will happen for us.

“You are very competent and focused person. By the divine providence, with the support of Nigerians and God, you will become the President of Nigeria.”

2023 Presidency: Northern Nigeria Should Retain Power – Governor Mohammed

A file photo of Governor Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed,  is advocating for the northern part of Nigeria to retain power in 2023.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who swept to power in 2015, would have governed Nigeria for eight years by 2023, a situation that has generated concerns as to which geo-political zone would produce the next President.

Although the dominant political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have not zoned the presidency to any region, there have been agitations that the South be given the ticket. But Governor Mohammed, who said he is aware of the agitation, insisted that the North-East should be given the presidential slot for the sake of equity and justice.

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“We are aware of the agitation of the southern part of the country because of the tenure of the leader, President Muhammadu Buhari who is from the North and will be finishing his tenure in 2023,” he said in Bauchi while receiving the progress report of the Contact Committee on his presidential ambition.

“I want to seize the opportunity to say that I am in PDP, I am not in the APC. It is the APC that has this burden. In my party, the last President was from the South. He was my President, Goodluck Jonathan. During the period my party was at the centre for 16 years, 14 of these years were led by the people from the South.

“So where is the justice and justification? So it is the time of the North. When you come to the North, North-East and South-East have not been there for too long, only a short stint compared to other zones.

“We should be given the opportunity. This Presidency, if it wants to be just and equitable to Nigerians, should be open to everybody from other sections of this country so that Nigerians can be given the opportunity to elect the best that can provide solution.”

PDP’s Chances Are Brighter If Bala Mohammed Emerges Presidential Candidate – Wike

A file photo of Governor Bala Mohammed.

 

Governor Nyesom Wike on Saturday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stands a better chance of winning the 2023 presidential election if his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, emerges as the party’s candidate for the polls.

Wike made this endorsement when he paid Governor Mohammed a special visit to Bauchi State.

The governor believes Nigeria made a mistake choosing President Muhammadu Buhari as their leader in 2015 but noted that the PDP must now take responsibility to provide the nation with the leadership it needs.

According to him, the PDP must return to power and save the country from misrule.

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“One of my resolutions for the year 2022 is to make sure that Nigeria is better than what it was last year. It is also to make sure that the PDP is united because if the PDP makes the mistake of not listening to Nigerians, it will be very difficult for God to forgive the PDP.

“This is an opportunity to save Nigeria. We Christians know that when the Israelites were in problems, God had to bring Moses to lead them. Nigeria is in serious problems now and it is the PDP that will lead Nigeria out of these problems. So, we must take that responsibility. I’ll prefer that if God makes it that the ticket falls on him (Bala Mohammed), it means our chances are very, very bright.

“This insecurity, this is not the kind of Nigeria we want, it is not the Nigeria where every day you wake up in the morning, the newspaper says, ‘40 people have been killed…’ These deaths are caused by the inability of the so-called government to protect us.”

The Rivers State governor said Mr Mohammed is more than qualified to become the next President of Nigeria, adding that the antecedents and achievements of the Bauchi State governor in the last few years showed that he is capable of transforming the nation.

In the same vein, Wike faulted the signing of the 2022 budget of N17.127trillion into law, saying Nigerians made a mistake choosing Muhammadu Buhari as president in 2015.

According to him, Buhari had no business signing the budget when he was well aware that the bill was riddled with a plethora of unimplementable projects.

He said Buhari, who knew the importance of the document, should have returned it to the National Assembly for corrections to be effected before assenting to the bill.

Wike expressed worry over the state of leadership recruitment in the country and re-emphasized that the PDP must take responsibility to avail Nigerians a just and effective leadership that transcends all biases that bedevil the nation.

Criminals Conniving With Monarchs In Bauchi, Says Governor Mohammed

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed speaks at the Government House in Bauchi State.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State on Tuesday alleged that criminals are conniving with some traditional rulers.

Speaking during the State Executive Council meeting in Bauchi, the governor said some bad eggs in the security circuit also collude with criminals to unleash mayhem on communities in the state.

According to Mohammed, his administration is having sleepless nights over renewed criminal activity in the state.

This is even as he charged the newly appointed state commissioners and special advisers to be on the alert and security-conscious in their various local governments.

“Security, we are having sleepless nights. There is no time I am not talking about security,” the governor told his political appointees. “You are my representatives in your own right; we will have to change our style.

“These people are coming, and they are conniving with our traditional institutions and even bad eggs within the security agencies.

“We have to work very hard because everything in this world is about life and property. If you are dead, then there is nothing in it. The fact that we are being mentioned as the most peaceful state in northern Nigeria is giving us more challenge.”

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Bauchi, just like other states in the north-east has had its fair share of the security challenges, especially as the nation battles a 12-year insurgency.

Boko Haram’s Islamic State-allied rivals have been consolidating their grip on the northeast after the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau this year, in a major shift in Nigeria’s 12-year insurgency.

Bauchi Governor Appoints Ex-Commissioner As Chief Of Staff

A file photo of Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

 

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has approved the appointment of Dr Aminu Gamawa as the new Chief of Staff.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Mukhtar Gidado, announced this in a statement on Monday.

Gidado stated that the appointment of Gamawa, who was appointed as the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning in 2019, was with immediate effect.

He noted that Gamawa hails from Gamawa Local Government Area of Bauchi State, and he is a legal practitioner, teacher, policy expert, and public servant.

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The new Chief of Staff has worked across a wide range of organisations, government agencies, educational institutions, and non– profitable entities.

He also served as the State Focal Person for World Bank Projects, Chairman of Bauchi State COVID-19 Economic Recovery Committee 2020, Vice Chairman of Bauchi State World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS), Regional Representative of Technical Working Group on Subnational Ease of Doing Business, among others.

Gov Bala Mohammed Dissolves Bauchi Executive Council, Fires All Commissioners

 

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has dissolved the State Executive Council.

This decision was contained in a statement by the governor’s special adviser on media and publicity, Mukhtar Gidado.

According to the communique, the dissolution is with immediate effect.

Those affected include the Secretary to the State Government, Sabi’u Baba; the governor’s Chief of Staff, Ladan Salihu, 21 Commissioners, and Special Advisers.

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