The All Progressive Congress has blasted the People Democratic Party-led government in Bauchi state, saying it had no agenda for the state and cannot pinpoint any tangible achievement in its one year in office.
The position which was made by the opposition party State APC Chairman Media/Publicity Committee, Comrade Sabo Muhammad during a press conference held at the NUJ press centre in Bauchi, described the one year of the PDP administration in the state as a waste, insisting that the situation Bauchi state has found itself is worrisome and most unfortunate in the history of the state.
The Chairman also reacted to the position of Engr. Joshua Sanga, the State Chairman of Budget Monitoring and Public Procurement Agency on the one-year scorecard of the PDP led Government, who stated that the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed has awarded over 70 different projects through due process and issued certificates of no objection.
He described the said 70 projects worth over N45 billion in 365 days as white lies saying that all the due processes of projects were not followed such as the list of companies that submitted tenders for projects, unit cost, location of project and type of service rendered before the award of contract.
“In 2019, the People Democratic Party while campaigning had mischievously claimed to have the temerity and dexterity of delivering better services to the state including an opening window of bountiful employment opportunities to youths and women as well as improve the security of lives and property if elected.
“The applied trick can rightly be said to have worked over the intelligence of electorates. Ironically, it is just one year while in office and we are all living witnesses to the policy thrusts on implementation by the PDP led Government-led is at variance with what it promised during the campaign. Instead of employment opportunities, the youths are pauperized and frustrated. The vocal ones among them are threatened with arrest and intimidation,” he said.
On the Coronavirus pandemic in the state, Comrade Sabo said that Coronavirus situation was given a political colouration laced with the deceit of prompt action while the situation worsened, pointing out that the people of the state were given draconian laws under the guise of fighting COVID 19, which has affected the legitimate sources of livelihood and palliative were denied the people.
However, in a swift reaction to the allegations, the State PDP Chairman, Hamza Koshe Akuyam, said that the attention of the PDP has been drawn to a well-orchestrated plan by the APC and its propaganda to rubbish the well deserved, hard-earned achievements of the PDP recorded within its first year in office.
“We are not miffed by the several allegations the APC are throwing about, to raise false impressions about the government in the minds of the people of the state. They talked about the source of how we pay salaries of the state and anybody conscious of the economic realities in the state will not question the source of the earnings of a state. At least we are paying salaries and the civil servants will attest to that.
“Concerning the projects in the state that they are alleging due process was not followed in their execution, they should know that within one year, we executed projects that everyone can see, including them. These were projects they were struggling to complete during their wasted four years in office and they could not achieve anything.
“If they choose to remain docile, we hope they continue to remain docile and go dead within our first four years in office because if you want to make allegations, you should come out with concrete evidence. They alleged that we mismanage the COVID 19 palliatives given to the state, but everybody is a witness of how we briefed stakeholders of the state from the day we had the first index case to the over 200 index case of our achievements, so they have no facts”.
The Chairman said that the APC should do some introspection and soul searching instead of its current laughable resort to lies and guile to justify its disastrous failure in its four years administration in the state, adding that APC will come begging because Bauchi has always been a PDP state.