Bauchi APC Joint Forum Debunks Media Report On Guber Candidate

Sadiya Farouk


A Joint Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State on Friday, debunked an online media report accusing the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farooq of siphoning public funds to sponsor the campaign of her husband, Air Marshal Siddique Abubakar (rtd) ahead of APC gubernatorial primaries in Bauchi.

The report further insinuated the minister with the alleged enlistment of wealthy and high ranking delegates as beneficiaries of stipends for the poor and vulnerable under the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) of the Federal Government.

The forum chairman, Alhaji Inuwa Saleh while reacting to the media report said that after due investigation and considering the weight and sensitivity of the allegation, they found the claim to be mere figment of imagination and completely false that could simply be disregarded.

“Despite the oddity of the accusations, in which accomplished delegates of our great party will be accused of receiving stipends that range from five thousand naira (N5,000) and a little more, in exchange for votes, it was essential to give fair hearing and follow due process in ascertaining the validity of the claim”.

Saleh explained however that not taking side with any candidate for the sake of clarity on financial issues, one may be tempted to add that Air Marshal Siddique Abubakar (rtd) is a seasoned and accomplished retired public servant and decorated military officer who is very capable of catering for his bills.

Forum noted that Marshal Siddique Abubakar is also surrounded with a vast network of amiable and deeply-rooted friends and associates that are working round the clock in response to his political aspirations, just like other aspirants are doing.

It noted with concern that this was not the first time accusations are being traded by various aspirants directly or through media houses, online and offline or through support groups and other channels, in addition to the news, media and rumour-mill scenarios that often accompany electioneering.

Alhaji Inuwa Saleh then urged all candidates irrespective of party affiliation not to see one another as threats or rivals but as people from one family, the Bauchi state family that forms part of the larger Nigerian family.

He said, “We are focused on preserving and promoting peace, unity and progress while encouraging same in our country. The chords of love and togetherness that bind us together in Bauchi State is much stronger than the figments of attempted division”.

“We therefore seize this opportunity to urge all contestants in Bauchi state, their media team, their media partners, supporters, various support groups and the general public to maintain decorum in the way and manner of electioneering, considering that there is life after politics and this is not a do or die matter”, Saleh concluded.


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