Bauchi State governor-elect Senator Bala Mohammed has accused outgoing governor Mohammed Abubakar of employing the services of anti-graft agents to smear his reputation ahead of May 29 swearing-in.
Bala Mohammed is due to appear in court today at Court 26 FCT High Court Maitama in Abuja to face charges bordering on false declaration of assets.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) claimed that Mohammed failed to declare all his assets in his previous trials. The EFCC in turn has filed a six-count charge according to available information.
Ibrahim Danlami, a media aide of the governor-elect, said that Governor Abubakar who had initially accepted defeat and congratulated Bala Mohammed following the conclusion of the elections, turned around and withdrew his congratulatory message and headed to the election tribunal after the governor-elect pledged to probe the activities of the Abubakar administration.
“And if the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has discovered some documents which shows that over 2,000 ghost workers have been inputted into the salaries and arrears of Bauchi State in the last four years and over N400bn has come to Bauchi and we cannot see anything that has been done for N5bn, if I don’t do it (probe him), then I have abdicated my responsibility,” Bala Mohammed said in a recent interview.
“Some forces within the ruling party have perfected plots to smear the reputation of the governor-elect using the EFCC and a section of the media as pliable tools,” Mohammed’s aide Danlami said.
“The modus operandi of the forces is to dust up old and abandoned cases against the governor-elect with the EFCC and brandish them as fresh cases all in a desperate bid to blackmail him and deflate his soaring popularity in Bauchi State.”