A lots of poignant questions and counter-responses from pro and anti-Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow supporters, as well as enemies of his administration are beginning to brew in every corner in Adamawa State over how he squandered more than N54 billion in five Months with virtually nothing to show for the huge expenditure.
Investigations in Adamawa State revealed that even before the cabinet was formed Gov Jibrilla went cap in hand with letters begging the Adamawa State House of Assembly to approve loans which staggered to more than N54 billion without Cabinet extract to back them up.
Sources at the State Assembly said the House approved these huge loans despite the unconstitutional lack of cabinet extract supporting the loans which were obtained from various banks by the Governor including the Central Bank of Nigeria [CBN].
In one of such illegal and impeachable offences committed by the Governor he wrote a letter to the state Assembly in June, 1st August 2015, requesting the House approval for loans of N8.2B, N12B and N7.2 b.
On the same date August 1st 2015, Gov. Jibrilla again wrote another letter for N12 billion virement to pay the leave and transport Grant. Again in September 2015 the Governor also obtained N9.3B from CBN for subsidy to pay LTG.
On 1st September, 2015 Gov. Jibrilla again wrote three other letters without the cabinet extract seeking the House approval for another set of loans ranging from N18. 2b, N9b and N21b virement to pay 10% counterpart funding to the World Bank roads project in the state.
Angst by the unconstitutional attitudes of the governor, a member of the Adamawa State House of Assembly Hon. Abdulrahman Isa petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC over the illegal loans collected by the governor.
In the petition Hon. Abdulrahman Isa who represents Mubi, the same constituency with Gov. Jibrilla said he can no longer keep quiet as the Governor was running the state aground and committing constitutional blunders by obtaining huge funds in the name of loans which he claimed were diverted to the governor’s personal pocket using Bindow Housing project.
Also confirming the loans approval a member of the Adamawa state House of Assembly Hon. Hassan Barguma, the Chief whip of the House who represents Hong constituency said all the loans requests that came to the house from the Governor were granted approval from June, August, September, October, November and lastly 7th December N21b budget virement.
Hon. Hassan Barguma Pointed out that the House approved all these request despite the fact that some were illegal and unconstitutional because of lack of cabinet extract.
Investigations in Yola also revealed that Gov. Jibrilla Administration lack the constitutional means to request for huge loans when the state cabinet was not yet formed and the counterpart funds of 10% on the current World Bank roads in Adamawa state is a paltry N200 million.
How the Gov Illegally obtained these huge loans to pay the 10% counterpart funding on World Bank projects in Adamawa state which is 23 roads which are now under construction.
Sources revealed to newsmen that the Jibrilla government is again torn apart because of the arms murky deal and he may be asked by the anti-graft agencies to returns N19b he diverted as the Senate Vice Chairman on Defense, Army and Air force.
The source pointed out that Gov. Jibrilla collected the N19 billion from the former NSA Sambo Dasuki on behalf of the senate committee Chairman who was hospitalized all through that period.
Another dimension to the tension in Yola is the protracted war with Adamawa elites whom he accused of attempting to bring down his government.
During a meeting in Yola recently, the State Gov Sen. Mohammed Umar Jibrilla through the secretary to the state government, Dr. Umar Bindir accused the core Fulani elites as those behind clandestine plots pull the Bindow administration down.
Bindir noted that but for the Fulani hegemony in the state, the state would have witnessed tremendous growth and development.
Another dimension to the problems in Adamawa state is the Jubilations in many quarters over the Admiral Mortal Nyako case that comes up in a few weeks in Abuja. Expectations in the state are high that Gov. Jibrilla may be removed and Admiral Nyako who was illegally impeached returned to complete his term which ended in 2016.
From all indications Gov. Jibrilla Bindow has derailed according to Adamawa elders in transmuting the gains of change to the people of Adamawa state and the state is lagging behind in terms of development while he continues to pile loans to further weaken the purse of Adamawa state.
By Tom Garba, Yola