Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed has said he has felt the pain of the G5 governors, assuring them that he is “highly connected to each one of them.”Mohammed made the statement on Wednesday when the group paid him a “solidarity” visit at the Ramat House in Bauchi.
While speaking, Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike said: “We come here in solidarity with our friend, the Governor of Bauchi State. We know that he is running for a second term and what we are doing with our friends is knowing how things are with them, and how the elections are going. This period is a period to identify with your friends.
“Fortunately, four of us who are here are not running for a second term in office, even though they are running for Senate, I am the only one not running for election after I failed in the primary (election) (presidential). Looking ahead, nothing but fraternize with him. If there is any area we can help and advise because what affects him also affects us. Nothing more than that, just to say how you’re doing and how you’re planning,” Wike said.
While replying, Mohammed said that he was happy to welcome them to Bauchi. “The G5 governors called themselves the ‘Integrity Group.’ I’m supposed to be with them, but they excommunicated me for some reason they know best. But I am very connected with them, with each and every one of them. There isn’t a day that I don’t call to talk to each one of them.
“Because in politics you go with the people with whom you have something in common. The presidency that we run where my brother was defeated and he defeated me has brought us closer. Of course, at the Governors Forum, one thing I appreciate about them is that they look at their challenges even though they’re not running for a second term, but they’re always worried.
“We have something in common. They know that I have anti-party challenges, challenges to underact in some betrayal and mischief, and of course, politics is all that, but when you know that you have people behind you, of that stature and of that caliber, you feel fulfilled “. he said.
Governors in attendance included Nyesom Wike from Rivers, Samuel Ortom from Benue, Okezie Ikpeazu from Abia, and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi from Enugu State, while Seyi Makinde from Oyo State was said to be in the US.