Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed says he has something in common with his Rivers and Benue State counterparts, Nyesom Wike and Samuel Ortom respectively.
Wike and Ortom form part of the G5 governors who are aggrieved with the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Iyorchia Ayu and it’s Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
The governor said he understands the plight of the governors and assured them that he’s “highly connected with each one of them”.
Mohammed made the statement today when the group paid him a ‘solidarity’ visit at the Ramat House in Bauchi.
In his remarks, Wike said, “We come here in solidarity with our friend, the Governor of Bauchi State. We know that he’s running for a second term in office and what we are doing to those of our friends is to find out how things are with them, how the elections are going. This period is a period to identify with your friends.
“Luckily, four of us that are here are not running for a second term in office, even though they are running for senate I’m the only one who is not running for election after I failed at the (presidential) primary (election). Going forward, nothing more but just to fraternise with him. If there is any area we can help and advice because what affects him also affects us. Nothing more than that, just to say how are you doing and planning,” Wike said.
While responding, Mohammed said that he was happy receiving them in Bauchi. “The Governors of G5, they called themselves ‘Integrity Group’. I’m supposed to be with them but they excommunicated me for some reason best known to them. But I’m highly connected with them, each and every one of them. There is no day that I don’t call to speak with each of them.
“Because in politics, you go with the people that you share something in common with. The presidency that we ran where my brother was defeated and he defeated me has brought us close. Of course, at the Governors Forum one thing I appreciate about them is that they look at your challenges even though they are not running for a second term but they are always worried.
“We have something in common. They know that I have challenges of anti-party, challenges of under acting in some treachery and mischief and of course politics is about all these but when you know that you have people behind you, of that stature and that calibre you feel fulfilled,” he said.
The Governors in attendance were, Nyesom Wike of Rivers, Samuel Ortom of Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State while Seyi Makinde of Oyo State was said to be in the United States.