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.

‘He Died And Left Office Without Having Mansions,’ Bauchi Remembers Tafawa Balewa

 

Right in the heart of Bauchi City is the tomb of Nigeria’s first and only Prime Minister, late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The magnificent edifice was structurally designed to embody his life’s tales within the context of the nation’s history. His remains lie in a grave surrounded by a colourful wall which represents Nigeria’s multi-ethnicity.

Some of his personal effects – bed, rain boots, television, radio-set, chairs – are on display in the tomb’s museum. 

Recently, for the first time, a memorial lecture and special prayers were held by the Bauchi State Government in Balewa’s honour. 

Balewa was assassinated on January 15, 1966, during Nigeria’s first attempted military coup. The brutal murder precipitated the civil war that transformed the country’s political history. 

The State Government is also sponsoring a legislative bill that seeks to make January 15th a day set aside to honour Balewa. 

Tafawa Balewa was Nigeria's first Prime Minister.
Tafawa Balewa was Nigeria’s first Prime Minister.

 

The State’s Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Modibbo Mohammed, believes the labour of past heroes like Balewa should be sung eternally.

“He was a complete gentleman,” Mohammed told Channels TV. “He is someone that the whole country is proud of. He is one of those that kept his life in a simple manner. 

“Some of his contemporaries were so flamboyantly advertised but Bauchi, unfortunately, has not been able to do that. But now it has come to stay and we have started. And not because we are copying anybody, but because this is the time that God has ordained it to happen. So it’s a great achievement.”

Danlami Babatanko, who wrote a book about Balewa, said he wanted to revive the late leader’s legacy of hard work, honesty, transparency and patriotism. 

Tafawa Balewa's tomb building in Bauchi
Tafawa Balewa’s tomb building in Bauchi

 

“I believe he symbolised these fine qualities,” Babatanko said. “Especially transparency. He died and left office without having mansions, without having a fleet of cars. And he was hard-working in the sense that he devoted his entire life to the progress of Nigeria. He was also a nationalist, a patriotic citizen, in the sense that I remember very well that his best friend in the country during his lifetime was Dr. Moses Majekodunmi, a Yoruba man from the west.”

Balewa’s Grandson, Abubakar, told Channels TV that it was necessary to celebrate the Prime Minister in death in order to show to the current leaders that they will still be remembered for the legacies even after they are no more. “People can still bring up your records and see whether you have done good or bad,” he said.

Balewa’s eldest son, 75-year-old Yakubu Balewa, said his memories of his father remind him of a man who was humble, kind and taught others to be the same. “He gave us a way of respecting each and everyone,” he said.

 The National Union of Bauchi State Students (NUBASS) also took to the streets to celebrate Balewa. “We march today in honour and in remembrance of our legend,” President of the NUBASS chapter in the state, Adamu Musa, said.

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.

Bauchi Govt Uncovers 596 Dead Workers, Pensioners On Payroll

Mr Adamu Gumba addressing a press conference in Bauchi on January 6, 2020.

 

 

A total of 596 dead civil servants and pensioners have been uncovered on the payroll of the Bauchi State Government in north-east Nigeria.

The Chairman of Bauchi State Authentication Exercise Committee, Mr Adamu Gumba, disclosed this to reporters on Monday in the state capital.

He explained that the dead persons have been on the state government’s payroll and were receiving salaries for several years.

“In the process of this particular exercise, we have also discovered about 596 deceased officers,” he revealed.

Gumba added that the government has put more than 4,000 people on the same payroll under suspicion of being ghost workers.

According to him, the persons were placed under watch after they failed to turn up for the month-long verification exercise.

The committee chairman said, “Despite the extension of time that we have waited for officers (civil servants) to come around to appear before us for verification, we have a huge number that did not turn up.

“Our seven sub-committees travelled to all the local governments and in two instances spent almost a week working in the local governments, but some people decided to be absent.”

“These people that were absent in the process total about 4,578 – both staff and pensioners … and those found to have correct documents were cleared,” he stressed.

Gumba explained that the committee has completed its assignment and would submit its report with a list of recommendations to the state governor, Bala Mohammed.

The state government inaugurated the committee authenticate over 30,000 workers and pensioners after it found out that most of them were without the Bank Verification Number (BVN).

25 Burnt To Death In Bauchi – Kano Road Accident

 

Twenty-five persons were burnt beyond recognition in a motor accident around Gubi Village along the Bauchi – Kano road in the early hours of Thursday.

The accident was a head-on collision involving a Hummer bus conveying 22 passengers from Katsina to Yola and a J5 vehicle carrying four persons and 20 cows from Bauchi to Kano.

 

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer Bauchi State Command, Kamal Datti, noted, however, that only the Hummer bus driver survived.

According to the PRO, he is currently receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi.

So far, 4 families have approached the security officials to claim the bodies of their loved ones.

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.

Police Arrest Two Wanted Suspects, 70 Others In Bauchi

 

The Bauchi State Police Command has arrested a total of 72 suspects for committing various crimes in the state.

Police Public Relations Officer, Kamal Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Saturday.

He explained that the suspects were arrested in connection with armed robbery and kidnapping among other crimes in October under the special operation code-named “Operation Puff Adder”.

Among those arrested were two high profile and notorious suspects on the police wanted list – Nazifi Yakubu (23) and Ibrahim Yusuf (26), as well as five members of their gang.

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They are Nura Mohd (20), Umar Yusuf (21), Usman Ahmadu (22), Umar Ismail (20), and Yusuf Adamu (19).

 

“The suspects confessed to have been involved in the armed robbery attacks on residents of the following areas of Bauchi: Gida Dubu, Fadaman Mada, GRA, Waterboard Quarters, Turum, Madina Quarters and Bakaro among others all within Bauchi metropolis.

“The suspects also confessed to have killed one Usman Mohammed in the month of April 2019 along Zaranda Hotel,” Abubakar said.

According to him, some of the victims have identified the suspects as responsible for the attacks and robbery against them.

 

The command’s spokesman explained that two gangs of kidnappers and others involved in criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property, thuggery, and possession of dangerous weapons, were part of the suspects arrested.

Of those arrested, a total of 57 suspects have been charged to court while 15 others were being investigated.

The police recovered from the suspects 10 assorted firearms, five cartridges, 20 machetes, two vehicles, and two motorcycles among other items.

Abubakar said the Command remains committed to sustaining peace in Bauchi and urged residents to go about their lawful business without fear.

He also called for more cooperation and support by providing useful information and reporting incidents promptly to the police and other security agencies.

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.

 

Yellow Fever: Death Toll Increases To Seven, Govt Commences Vaccination

The death toll from the Yellow Fever outbreak in Bauch State has increased to seven, a situation which has prompted the state government to commence vaccination across the state.

Bauchi State government on Thursday announced the commencement of aerial spraying for aedes mosquito – the vector that transmits the yellow fever disease.

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The state governor, Bala Mohammed explaining the purpose of the vaccination said that over N30 million is being expended to contain the virus in 20 local government areas of the state.

“The vaccination will allow us to stop this virus from spreading. I implore all citizens of Kano State to key into this exercise and not panic,” he said.

Governor Mohammed also warned against negative rumours that will undermine the “vaccination drive.”

The state government suspects the disease was transported by a foreign national during a tourist visit to the Yankari Games Reserve and more persons are being infected.

Yellow Fever Kills Three In Bauchi

 

Three people have been killed following the outbreak of yellow fever disease in Bauchi State.

The Executive Chairman of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, confirmed this to Channels Television in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

He noted that there were 23 other suspected cases while a few persons were receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

Mohammed said, “In Bauchi State, we have been trying to follow up with the case of yellow fever which started two weeks ago and we have only three confirmed deaths.

“And then, we have 23 cases of yellow fever and even today (Saturday), seven samples were taken to the laboratory in Abuja.”

The executive chairman, who spoke during a hospital visit to the affected patients, explained that most of them were seen unconscious.

According to him, one of the patients is a ranger at the Yankari Games Reserve, as the disease outbreak cuts across three local government areas – Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa, and Alkaleri.

Mohammed said all confirmed cases of the disease were from Alkaleri, where the Yankari Games Reserve is located.

He, however, stated that the state government has begun to put measures in place to contain the spread of the disease but lacked enough vaccines for the people.

Some of the steps taken so far, according to him, include the distribution of mosquito nets, environmental fumigation, and training of staff on control measures.

“We are trying to see what we can do. We’ve made arrangements on how to contain the virus and one of the arrangements is that we started reactive vaccination over three or four days ago around the communities,” said the executive chairman.