Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has challenged President Muhammad Buhari and the All Progressives Congress APC to arrest and prosecuted the All Progressive Congress politicians in the state who allegedly siphoned the sum of N4.5 billion meant for the construction of the Soro-Miya road.
Governor Mohammed who made the call on Thursday in Bauchi when he hosted the governor of Oyo State Dr. Seyi Makinde, who was in the state to flag off a 24km Itas- Gadau road.
Mohammed expressed dismay that the APC politicians who shortchanged the people have made Bauchi Central Zone one of the least developed in terms of road infrastructure
“The Miya road has been encumbered by corruption because some people who are calling themselves leaders have collected money and pocketed it.
“We have left the police and security agency especially at this time that they say they are fighting corruption to see whether they can fight that scourge.
“Those who perpetuated it are members of the APC and are even occupying elected and appointed offices.
“We are calling on the EFCC and ICPC to make sure that they investigate what we have sent to them the Soro Miya road because over N4. 5 billion has been collected and we cannot procure procurement on procurement but that is the problem we have. The fight against corruption has its way and there are people that are separate cows but certainly Allah is all-seeing”, the governor said.
Governor Mohammed said the ruling APC should show example by arresting and prosecuting corrupt politicians within its fold.
“The ruling party must prove critics wrong that there are no sacred cows in the fight against corruption by arresting and prosecuting all corrupt politicians within the party”, he argued.
The governor who said the state has a lot of developmental challenges assured that his administration was doing all it could to address them.
“We have discovered that we have a lot of challenges as explained by Senator Ningi. “The Central Zone has been shortchanged over the years by successive administrations. The only roads traversing the Central zone are the only roads going to other places.”
The governor explained that the road flagged off by Governor Makinde covered 24.5 kilometers, adding that all due process and procurement procedures were strictly adhered to.
According to the governor, the other road in Ningi covers 12.2 kilometers from Aringa to Bamar and an additional 2.5 kilometers within Nasaru town in the same Local Government area given to Mothercat, company and Habib engineering.
“All of them are going to collect their downtown payment because we have already made our business and cash flow plan before we embarked on procurement and the project will be completed and delivered before 24 months before the end of our first tenure,” he said.
Earlier Governor Makinde applauded the governor for the massive road projects executed in two years, saying Mohammed was making the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) proud.
Makinde who describe Nigerians as “resilient people” says building roads and other infrastructure will enable them to thrive.
“I have also seen the specifications of this road and am happy that it’s not the type of road that will fall apart in just a few months.
“As leaders, we must never forget that what we do with the opportunities are given to us will eventually speak for us; some must remain focused on doing the right thing to the best of our ability”, Makinde added.