Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has unleashed lethal missiles on Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State, his home state ahead of the coming general elections.
Relation between the two frontline Bauchi political leaders has been cat and dog with the governor allegedly scheming unsuccessfully to make Dogara’s political career history. Even when the speaker was with him in the All Progressives Congress (APC) it was a reign of bitter acrimony.
Speaking at the Presidential campaign rally of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi, Dogara lashed out at Governor Abubakar, and tagged him a Pharoah. According to the fire-spitting federal legislator, ‘’it is only in Bauchi that a Pharaoh-like regime is being practiced. If you are a photocopy of Pharaoh, know what happened to the original Pharaoh.’’
Continuing, he said the February 16 Presidential election offers a very rare opportunity for the North-East to produce a president in the person of Atiku Abubakar on the platform of the PDP, adding, ‘’some people think that the North-East can never be able to produce someone that will have the golden opportunity of becoming the president of Nigeria.
‘’They thought no one from the North-East would come out to take the challenge..many unpatriotic people wished that a day like this will never come where one of us; a father, a leader from North-East, will contest for the position of the president.
‘’Whereas Nigeria is now the poverty capital of the world, the North-East is the poverty capital of Nigeria, a situation that will change when one of us, our leader form the North-East, and who is getting a huge acceptance wherever he launches his campaign, is brought to power.
‘’It is now left to us, the people of the North-East, to come out enmasse to vote for him. That’s the only way to show our total support for a better tomorrow, and who ever votes otherwise has shown that he is not after the development of North-East.
‘’I want to make it clear to you, we are not campaigning for Atiku just because he is from our zone, no, we are campaigning and supporting him because of our belief that he will work for a better Nigeria. He is the only one that will bring an end to hunger, poverty, insurgency, especially Boko Haram, and also one who will make education a top priority. He will provide jobs to our youths.’’
While arguing that Atiku will work to unite the country and return it on the path of development, Dogara added, ‘’we are bringing someone (Senator Bala Mohammed) who will bring back the lost glory of our dear state.
‘’It’s unfortunate that over 1.3 million children in Bauchi State are out of school today, which means if care is not taken, we may face another bigger security challange of our lives in the near future. Let us wake up and chase away hunger, poverty, insecurity and a Pharaoh-like government.’’