Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Tuesday threw a jab at the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara calling him ‘a sinking man desperate to hold on to any straw for survival’.
Speaking to newsmen at the APC National secretariat in Abuja, Gov Abubakar also cautioned the nation’s number four citizen, saying the Speaker cannot afford to be careless in his utterances.
He said: “Dogara is from a tiny community in Bauchi state and is contesting for one of the 12 House of Representatives seats in Bauchi state and I am contesting for Governor. Even if we will meet, we are going g to meet in that tiny area.
“I understand where he is coming from. He is a sinking man and so, he is grabbing everything he can hold on to. I am not his opponent in the election.
“What people failed to understand is that in 2015, the President did not win election in Dogara’s local government and I did not win election in his local government.
“But today, Buhari is President of Nigeria and I am governor of Bauchi state. Secondly, people should understand that Dogara represents a total of 80,000 registered voters and I won elections in 2015 with over 300,000 differences. Please do your arithmetic and place it very well.”
He went on: “Go to the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance, download the total allocation to Bauchi state from June 2015 till date and do a calculation.
“You will have a total allocation for the entire Bauchi state. It is not up to N400 billion.
“So, Dogara, as the number four citizen of Nigeria should be careful with his utterances because there is no way the number four citizen can afford to be reckless in whatever he says.
“I have consulted with my lawyers and I intend to sue Dogara and so, I will not comment much on his claims.
“I have said that Dogara should be careful in his utterances because he speaks without considering what comes out of his mouth.”
On the marching order to security agencies to arrest electoral offenders, especially ballot box snatchers by President Muhammadu Buhari, Abubakar said: “Mr. President is the chief security officer of Nigeria. Anybody who snatches a ballot box is a common criminal under the law.
“Therefore, stopping a criminal is not an act that should be politicized because we keep complaining of lack of free, fair and transparent elections in Nigeria and Mr. President is bent on ensuring that the 2019 elections are free, fair and transparent.
“So, if it takes stopping criminals to ensure credible elections, so be it. There is nothing wrong about stopping criminal, even you as a citizen as the right under the constitution t9 stop criminals in the act of committing an offense.”