A former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Sule Katagum, says most northerners were erroneously made to believe that President Muhammadu Buhari was Nigeria’s version of Mahatna Gandhi.
PlatinumPost reports that Gandhi was an Indian anti-colonial nationalist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule, and later became a great leader in the country through his popular policies and performance.
Speaking in an interview, Katagum who recently dumped All Progressives Congress for People’s Democratic Party, lamented that Buhari has failed to live up to expectations of the people by failing to deliver on his campaign promises.
“The reason that made us join the APC in 2014 were that the party’s principles entailed things like fairness, justice, and so on. If you look at the motto of the APC, we believed strongly in the APC. In the north, there was no doubt, Buhari was like a messiah, Buhari was compared to people like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. We thought this was a man who would clean Nigeria and make it what it was supposed to be.
“Sadly, the principles, over the years, became more or less like those of the normal Nigerian political party,” he said.
On why he left the APC, the former deputy governor said : “First of all, I didn’t ‘dump’ the APC; actually, the APC drove me out of its enclave. I joined the APC in 2014 and we formed the government in 2015 and 2019, I was the Chief of Staff and I even became the deputy governor of Bauchi State under the leadership of former governor M.A. (Mohammed Abdullahi) Abubakar.
“Unfortunately, in 2019, we lost the election, and the PDP took over. Since then, we, I mean the administration of M.A. Abubakar, were treated like pariah people. We were not part of the developing structure of the APC.
” In fact, we saw clearly that we were no longer wanted because all activities, all meetings, and all decisions were taken without the input of, first and foremost, the only governor the APC has ever produced in the state, Barrister M.A. Abubakar.
” Just because he, the former governor, lost his re-election, he was treated like that. I could remember when he lost the election. He tried to reach out to those who were in the leadership of the APC at that time. He said, “Look, let us come back together and build the APC from our mistakes that we made. Yes, I made a lot of mistakes, but I was not the only one that made the mistakes. Everybody made mistakes.”
“However, I do believe that was not the intention of the new leadership of the party and at the end of the day, up to this year (2022), when the primaries were held, we realised that even if our former governor of the APC came in and tried to participate in the primaries, he would not have won. Not because he doesn’t have the people and not because he doesn’t have the structure, but just because the party leadership didn’t want him to continue as governor.
“If they do not like our principal, that is, M.A. Abubakar, they don’t like us either. So, we were driven out, and the only reasonable and honourable thing to do, for someone like me, is that if you don’t want us, we leave you. So I resigned from the party.”
Asked on whether he consulted with his former boss, the former before quitting the APC, he said :” Well, I consulted widely with my people. I consulted widely with my elders, my family, and, of course, with the former governor. I went to see him and I told him, “Look, Your Excellency, you are a gentleman. You tolerate so much disdain, intolerance and everything but we that are under you can no longer take this kind of thing.”
On the 2019 Bauchi guber election, he said :” In fact, to be honest with you, in 2019, I don’t think it was really the PDP as a party that defeated Abubakar; it was more or less an internal affair (that cost him his seat).”