By: Luka Daniel, Bauchi
It was a mixture of joy and anger for Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, during his media chat in Bauchi, organized to mark his 1st Year Anniversary of his PDP led administration in the state.
The one year anniversary media chat drew the presence of reporters across the state, veterans in the pen profession and some of the Governor’s cabinet members, took place on Saturday, at the Command Guest Inn Bauchi.
Governor Bala, had in a joyful mood, finished the presentation of his speech and an opportunity was created for journalists to ask questions and trouble started, when Hassan Ibrahim, the Bauchi State Correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper, raised two questions that elicited anger from the Governor, who while responding, threatened to excommunicate him from the state.
He accused the journalist of treachery and mischief, asking whether he is working for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
The reporter had asked questions, seeking to know, if the allegations made by the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) that, the Governor has strangulated the State House of Assembly and that he has also disregarded due process in the award of contracts.
He had also sought the Governor to clear the air on another allegation made by the APC that Bauchi State is being governed by three cabals.
Apparently disturbed, Governor Bala, while answering the questions said, “Daily Trust, you’re very mischievous with these your questions, your treachery and mischief has reached a level where I would tell you that, you didn’t bring us here. You’re fond of this”.
The Governor who questioned Hassan, whether he think he is the only journalist, noted that he was also a journalist and had reported before him.
‘’There was a time you reported that, we abandoned an old man, who was ill in Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA), my own village. You always looked for the negative things to say about this state. Try to be positive for God’s sake.” He quaked
Governor Bala, who pointed out that, there are different ways of procurement, noted that his administration had followed due process in the award of contracts.
“You also talked of cabals, which cabal? It is you that insulted me in my one year anniversary that should tell me, who are these cabals. I don’t have any cabal in my government.” The Governor demanded.
The Governor also accused the reporter of always making sure he had conflict with the State Assembly.
“You are sponsored by APC, that’s why you are doing what you’re doing. Majority of the members in the House are APC. So, how will I strangulate them?
Bala, who said that the people of Bauchi have rejected former Governor Abubakar, accused the reporter of working to bring him back.
The Governor said : “Please don’t sensationalize things, don’t create conflict where, it does not exist. Please if you are being sponsored, I will ex-communicate you from this state.’’