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Stop Using Buhari’s Name To Intimidate Politicians – Wakili

Posted: Sep 13, 2015 at 3:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu, Bauchi


The senator representing Bauchi South at the National Assembly, Ali Wakili, has condemned the use of the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to intimidate elected officials.

Wakili stated this in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi at the weekend while reacting to a statement by a group called the Buhari Coalition on Peace and Support for Justice, who accused Wakili and the senator representing Bauchi Central, Isa Hamma  Misau, of engaging in anti-party activities.

Wakili, who described the group as an illegal association, said he would not be intimidated by any group seeking favour or rent.

“Nobody can use the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to intimidate me. Anyone using Buhari’s  name for intimidation will run a parallel life with President Buhari. President Buhari is a straightforward somebody, a good man, a man with the best of qualities.

“It has become a culture, especially in Bauchi, if anybody wants to run you down, he brings in the name of President Buhari. Let us not drag the name of Muhammadu Buhari into this issue because he does not know about it and he will never encourage it.

“I belong to APC, I am a bonafide member of APC and our party has structure of leadership from the national to the state, to the local government and to the ward level.

“Nobody from the national to the local government and ward level has ever accused me; so our voters need to be educated, they need to know about the constitution, because nobody should act out of the constitution of the federal republic.

“These politicians do not know the constitution because if they know the constitution, they will not be complaining.

“It is sad to note that those people  accusing me today were the same people that accused me during the electioneering campaign saying I am not competent to be a Senator. they were the one that were hobnobbing with Mallam Isa Yuguda, then the PDP candidate for the senatorship. It is unfortunate that they are the same bunch of unserious people.,” he said.

Meanwhile the  chairman of the Buhari  Coalition on Peace and Support for Justice, Aliyu Abubakar, explained that the two senators have defied the instructions of the party, especially by aligning with PDP senators and subsequent vote of confidence on the leadership of the senate against the instruction of the APC.

He said the attitude of the two senators was contrary to the position of Bauchi people, in line with APC and the Presidency, especially by taking a stand that contradicts the interest of the party, hence the decision of the group and 80 other political associations to take this position against the two senators.

“The decision of the two senators is a clear refusing to take the instructions of our party under which they were voted and they have set the ball rolling in a bid to frustrate Mr. President from accomplishing his mission of rebranding Nigeria for the good of Nigerians,” he said.