From Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Bibi Dogo has challenged the former Bauchi State Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar to account for over N321, 267, 339.69 three Hundred and twenty-one billion Naira, two hundred and sixty-Seven Million Naira, three hundred and thirty-one thousand, six hundred and forty-one Naira sixty-nine kobo, he allegedly collected within the first 31 months of his administration or show the projects he executed with the funds.
Dogo challenged the former Governor in Bauchi over the weekend when he interacted with reporters he said the amount was collected under the watch of the former governor from Paris club funds, statutory allocation of State and Local Governments, Donations from the United State of America for educational development, internally generated revenue, domestic and foreign loans.
Giving the breakdown of the amount collected by the former governor Dogo who served in the assets and recovery committee set up by Governor Bala Mohammed alleged that from the genuine records at their disposal the former Governor Collected N33,425,994,087,69 for the first second and third trench of the Paris club loans refunds from the Federal Government.
Ex-Governor Abubakar collected N205,328,523,558,00 for state and local governments from the federation account within the first 31 months of his administration, and he received donations from the USA $57,000,000 equivalent to N17,385,000,000,00 and between June 2015 June 2016, the former governor received N22,778,721,996,00.
Dogo said former Governor collected N59,734,100,000,00 both domestic and foreign loans including 11,000,000,000,00 budget support collected from the Federal Government.
PDP stalwart said this is the first of their revelations on the amount of money collected by the former governor without commissioning a single project within his first tenure and by the grace of God we will release the second and third phase of the amount received during the tenure of former governor within his 48 months in office because we didn’t touch many of the amounts collected.
He said it was shameful the recent press conference by the media committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) which they made baseless allegations against the incumbent Governor Bala, whom because within his one year in office has executed billions of Naira contract, that were physically seen by the people of the State.
Dogo said the projects included constructions of roads bridges in the three senatorial districts, provision of Bauchi Water Supply, construction of over 1000 classrooms by SUBEB and SDGs and establishment of Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing center among others.
The effort to get the reaction of the spokesman to the Governor Ali Mohammed Ali failed, one of the closest aid to the former Governor said former Governor didn’t shortchange the state he did his best to develop the state and pledge to makes his projects available for all to see.