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Trouble in states as May 29 approaches

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Mohammad Abubakar

• New governors’ take-off in danger
There are indications that some governors-elect may not hit the ground running as they take their oaths of office next week, following roadblocks being erected by their predecessors.

New chief executives are billed for inauguration in some states on May 29.

In Bauchi State, the incoming administration of Senator Bala Muhammed has raised the alarm over “sharp practices” by the outgoing governor, Mohammad Abdullahi.

The governor-elect alleged that the state’s debt profile now stands at N96 billion, far higher than the N57 billion inherited by the out-going regime in the state.

His spokesman, Dr. Ladan Salihu, claimed that the government was planning to gift each legislator a life pension of N250,000 monthly, employ over 1,200 unqualified staff into the civil service and create additional districts, village areas and hamlets.

Similarly, Oyo governor-elect, Seyi Makinde, has lampooned the Abiola Ajimobi administration for insensitivity to workers’ welfare, accusing it of showing total disregard for fiscal prudence and decency in the last few weeks, leading to the award of billions of naira worth of fresh contracts.

Makinde urged Ajimobi to solve the problem he created before he leaves office by using the same enthusiasm with which he was awarding contracts and recruiting people to accede to the workers’ demands.

But in Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has got a breather, as the High Court plans to strike out the suit seeking to disqualify him.

The plaintiff, Adekunle Abraham, in a notice of discontinuance of the suit through an application filed on May 22, 2019, said: “I hereby wholly discontinue” the case against the defendant.

Abraham, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, did not state any reason for the sudden decision to terminate the case. But sources within the court said his decision was predicated on the filing of the official confirmation of Abdulrazaq’s West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificate in the respondent’s proof of evidence.

Meanwhile, the governorship petition tribunal sitting in Ilorin has fixed June 13 for the commencement of trial in PDP’s petition challenging the declaration of Abdulrazaq as governor.


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