Malam Isa Yuguda
Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, has assured that his administration will very soon conduct a free and fair local government election in the state that will be acceptable by all in the state.
This came on a day the state government sacked a staff of the state Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Abbas Ahmed Faggo, for allegedly posting comments in connection with the funding of the wedding ceremony of Idris, the eldest son of Yuguda.
But, speaking when he paid an on-the-spot assessment visit to the headquarters of the state Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC), Yuguda declared that his administration would provide an enabling atmosphere for the commission to perform its constitutional role of unbiased umpire in the conduct of council poll in the state.
Yuguda said: “We will not in any way interfere with the conduct of the election but we will ensure that the Commission was provided with every logistic support required to enable it deliver a free, fair and acceptable election, we will ensure that a level playing field was created for all participants to play a role in the election process.”
Earlier, Chairman of the state Independent Electoral Commission (BASIEC), Hon. Abdulmumineen Mohammed Kundak, had assured the governor that his commission would work very hard.
Meanwhile, a copy of the sack letter titled: ‘Termination of Appointment’, which was issued by the office of the state Head of Civil Service and dated November 13, 2012 with reference number GO/CSM/S/DIS/I/T.2 was signed by Ibrahim Shehu, for the state Head of Service.
The letter stated that “I am directed to refer to the Civil Service Commission’s letter No CSC/PRO/s/001/T.V dated November 1, 2012, and to convey the commission’s approval for your suspension and termination of appointment from Bauchi State Service with effect from October 10, 2012 as your service is no longer required please.
Before the termination of Faggo’s appointment, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Almustapha Suleiman, had asked the Police to investigate and prosecute Faggo for the publication, which he alleged caused injurious falsehood and defamation to the administration.
Consequently, the Police arraigned Faggo, but the team of lawyers in the court who appeared in defence for Faggo faulted the two charges against Faggo, a development which made the presiding Chief Magistrate Adamu Mohammed Kafin Madaki, to discharge Faggo and subsequently, struck out the case.