The Coalition of APC Groups in Bauchi has accused the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Hajiya Sadiya Umar of wooing Bauchi APC delegates with money to vote her husband Air Vice Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar (retired) in the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party.
Mr Sadique is in the run for the 2023 Bauchi APC governorship ticket along with other contestants.
Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi Ajiya, leader of the coalition in Bauchi in a press statement made available to WikkiTimes.
He alleged that the minister is using the survival funds meant to assist downtrodden citizens in the state to lure delegates to choose her husband in the upcoming governorship primaries.
He insisted that Sadiya instead of taking names of ‘the right beneficiaries’ to benefit from the survival funds, took details of party members that will participate in the forthcoming primary election as beneficiaries of the funds.
Mr Ajiya said it was unlawful for the minister to convert humanitarian assistance into campaign funds calling on president Muhammadu Buhari to sanction her.
“It has come to our notice that the minister is using survival funds to induce delegates to choose her husband in the governorship primaries.
“Recently she collected the names and account details of delegates in the name of survival funds which are supposed to be for the less privileged instead of delegates.
“Her action was meant to induce them into voting her husband Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar as the APC governorship candidate of Bauchi state,” the statement read in parts.
However, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq Campaign Organization dismissed the allegation, with a wave of hands declaring that there is no truth whatsoever in the claim.
“What Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk is doing has nothing to do with her Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, she is doing it in her capacity as a woman of Bauchi State.
“They should remember that she is married to His Excellency, Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar by virtue of which she is an indigene of Bauchi State and has the right to contribute to the development of the state unhindered,” he said.