by Kolapo Olapoju
There is a brewing feud between the Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido and ex-Minister of Internal Affairs in the Second Republic, Senator Bello Maitama Yusuf.
Tha pair have for a few weeks, been at loggerheads over the suppossed diversion of a N15million Peoples Democratic Party campaign funds.
Lamido accused Maitama-Yusuf, who recently defected to the All Progressives Congress, of diverting the money given to him to distribute to the electorate in his constituency to mobilize them to vote for the PDP.
However, Maitama-Yusuf denied receiving any money from Lamido, stating that he is not a leader of the party and as such, couldn’t have been given the said amount.
According to the former Minister, the outgoing governor has vowed to jail him before leaving office on May 29.
According to Senator Yusuf, a threatening text message was sent to him from Governor Lamido, which read: “True, I have only five weeks to go, but I will jail you before I go. We also, today (yesterday) at council meeting, discussed Garun Gabas road contract and by council authority sent all related documents to EFCC and copied same to Buhari, the President-elect.”
In reaction to the threat, Maitama Yusuf said: “He is just not happy with my defection to APC and if he continues to threaten me, I will expose some of his shady deals. So we will see who will be jailed.”
Yusuf said: “Did they give me cash or cheque? Sule Lamido will never forgive me because he felt I was the one who brought him down. Why should he give me money for campaign? Am I a leader of his party? What kind of money?”
“This is a person who will never want go down alone. I swear by Allah, he will never relent to want to tear my name. Do you remember five years ago, when he revoked a road contract and said I had to refund some money, which turned out to be false?”
“He is just blackmailing me for leaving PDP to join APC and to help in its victory in the just-concluded elections. The whole thing is his fabrication.”
In a statement which was released by Yusuf’s Media Consultant, Mohammed Ismail, he stated that he has filed an order of perpetual injunction at the Federal High Court, Dutse, against the leadership of the PDP for defamation of character, asking for N1 billion damages.
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