By Henry Umuro, Abuja
MINISTER of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Senator Bala Mohammed has said that if he must dump his All Nigeriaâ€™s Peoples Party, ANPP, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, he must first consult with his people, just as he said he was grateful that a member of the opposition was given such an exalted position.
Speaking in Abuja at a dinner hosted in his honour by 60 senators at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, he said the need to brainstorm with his people became imperative because of the growing intimate political relationship between him and President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Minister who noted that he currently had no other party, but â€œGoodluck Partyâ€ said he had decided to go and consult with his people in Bauchi State on his political future because â€œpolitics is not opportunism but consultation and concrete engagement.
I must go back to my people who elected me as a Senator and in the first place, take their opinion, carry them along, consult them and let them know if I should join the PDP finally. But today, I am with Goodluck. He tells me what to do. I am absolutely loyal. I do not belong to any party, other where he isâ€.
Bala Mohammed who was at the centre of the invocation of the doctrine of necessity at the National Assembly which paved way for the empowering of President Goodluck Jonathan as the Acting President way back in February on Thursday relieved his experience in the Senate those trying days for the nation as he paid glowing tribute to Senate President David Mark, his Deputy Senator Ike Ekweremadu and others with whom he served in the upper legislative arm before his appointment as the FCT Minister.
He described Senate President, Senator David Mark as a mentor and role model especially during his days in the Military when he was a radical young officer, adding that radicalism was part of him and a way of expressing his patriotism and nationalism.