…..accuses group of smear campaign against Humanitarian Minister
The Bauchi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has in a statement it jointly released alongside the coalition of the party stakeholders, raised an alarm about a sponsored group masquerading as part of the party.
In a joint press statement, the party tagged a group titled “APC Initiative for Good Governance” as being a group of fifth columnists sponsored to embark on a smear campaign against the good name and office of Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
According to Alh. Inuwa Saleh, chairman of the stakeholders; “Sequel to our circular that was widely disseminated in May 2022, urging all groups in Bauchi State to maintain dignity and decorum in the run-up to the primaries, we commend our good party members and faithfuls for answering this call and abiding by good conduct, which led to the successful primaries that produced respective flag bearers of the party in the forthcoming 2023 General Election.
“Since then, the party has united and set to work in view of the arduous task ahead, considering the huge expectations of the good people Bauchi State and our desire for world class development in our beloved homeland.
“Recently, some opposition elements masquerading as APC Initiative for Good Governance attempted to smear the serene political atmosphere now pervading the party in the state by letting out a seditious and libelous albeit childish and unfounded news story which was brought to our notice, accusing the focused Honourable Minster for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq of working hard to improve the lives of Nigerians and people in Bauchi State by simply ensuring the natural activities of the Ministry were carried out in the State, like in other parts of the country. Indeed, this is the import of the fake group’s accusation that the Honourable Minister has been sited on few occasions in Bauchi State and so, has relocated the entire Ministry to the state, based on acclaimed vested political interests, in their self-embarrassing release dated July 12, 2022.”
“Obviously, this story by contrast, is evidence to the fact that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is indeed, delivering on its mandate, which is manifested in the clear visibility and impact of its activities across the nation and in millions of lives and households, a development that naysayers and enemies of the nation are weeping over, based on their desire to see Nigerians remain poor and desolate.
“It is easy to observe the hand of fifth columnists that are shamelessly sponsored by agents outside the APC in this badly planned and poorly executed media propaganda that is camouflaged as emanating from a phony APC group. Why would APC sponsor such a story against itself? Very poor thinking by the concept developers, one would say!
“For the records, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State is strong, united and focused on delivering world class development to the good people of the state after it mounts the saddle of leadership in 2023. Those threatened by this need not resort to maligning the image of innocent stakeholders in the prosperity project,” the party further said.
The party said no amount of blackmail, intimidation, distraction and nefarious promptings orchestrated by “paid destructionists shall deter or derail the unstoppable forward movement of the party in its determination to meet the long-drawn expectations and yearnings of the people”.
The party further enjoined “all well-meaning indigenes of Bauchi State and Nigerians to disregard the news story and instead, pray and reach out to the enemies of the state and the nation in a bid to win them over to the path of progress in which “we are all collectively advancing in the run up to the 2023 General Elections, with its significant implications to the future of the country. It is the thought that such an auspicious period in the history of our great nation should evoke seriousness and shared values in all but as no law is absolute, there remains a dissenting few who shall never be allowed to alter the trajectory of progress in their selfish, ill-conceived paranoia.”
“May we all remain alert to the whims and caprices of our common enemies,” the party further said.