Why I dropped my deputy as running mate – Bauchi gov

From Hassan Ibrahim, Bauchi



Media Trust Limited



Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has disclosed that political permutations were responsible for his decision to drop his Deputy, Senator Baba Tela, as his running for a second term of office prior to the March 28, election in the state. The governor disclosed this yesterday during the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting before the dissolution of the council. The governor said, “Certainly, I don’t have any qualms with him; he is my brother. Even before we came here, he has been a friend. Nobody should go with the impression that we are not together; it is just the issue of political permutations and so on and so forth.” Daily Trust recalls that Gov Mohammed replaced Tela with the Member representing Zaki Federal Constituency, Hon Auwal Jatau, as his running mate for a second term. Bala further said, “This cabinet is the engine room of the administration. My deputy is here, even though I am not going with him for the second term, he is part and parcel of my administration because we are there in the same political party, but it was permutations that left him out of the system.” The governor told the SEC members that they had been very wonderful in their service to the people of the state in the last four years, saying, “Let us forgive each other because there is no way we would not have offended each other. “I have forgiven you, you too should find it in your hearts to forgive my shortcomings; they were done in the best interest of the state.” Mohammed attributed the successes of his four-year administration to the support and cooperation of members of the SEC, saying, “We have really come thus far because of our working together for the good of the state.”