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Biography

Full Biography of Bala Mohammed

(born 5 October 1958) is Nigerian politician who is the of State. He was also Minister of Capital Territory from 2010 to 2015; and a Senator from Bauchi State between 2007 and 2010. He is a leading member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed was born on 5 October 1958 in Alkaleri. He attended University of (1979–1982), where he received a bachelor’s degree in English.[1] In 1983, he joined The Democrat as a reporter, then joined the civil service as an administrative officer from 1984 to 2000.[3] He worked in several Federal Ministries including: Internal Affairs, Solid Minerals, Power and Steel and Transportation and Aviation. He retired as Director of Administration in the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. He then served as a senior special assistant to Governor Isa Yuguda from 2000 to 2005.
He was Director of Administration at the Nigerian Railway Corporation from 2005 to 2007.
In April 2007, Mohammed was elected to the Senate representing Bauchi South Senatorial District under the All People’s Party (ANPP). In March 2010, he accused Yuguda of being behind a move to recall him from the Senate.
Mohammed was one of the first senators to support the controversial doctrine of necessity, which appointed then Vice Goodluck Jonathan as acting president to replace incapacitated Umaru Yar’Adua.
He reportedly fell out with political godfather Governor Isa Yuguda after Yuguda married President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter and decamped to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).[6] Following the death of Umaru Yar’Adua, Mohammed joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and became a close associate of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Bala Mohammed was appointed minister of the Federal capital Territory in March 2010. He was appointed by president goodluck Jonathan following his brave role in ensuring the ascension of then Vice President goodluck Jonathan to the presidency, following concerted efforts by the cabal of the Yar’Adua government to stop goodluck Jonathan From becoming the acting president. He was appointed minister despite being a member of the ANPP.
Bala Mohammed brought extensive reforms to the FCT. He sanitized the land administration of the FCT and expanded the airport roads of .
He built many roads including the KUBWA expressway expansion. He also built the rail track from Abuja to kaduna, built Idu rail station from the $500m dollars loan that the Nigerian government secured from China. He introduced the land swap policy that used land as a resource to fast track infrastructural development in the FCT.
Shortly after leaving office, a vehicle belonging to Mohammed was found stacked with “billions of cash”, which was claimed by his son. In 2016, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission () arrested Mohammed for financial crimes worth over N1.3 trillion, in FCT land racketeering and alleged role in the $2 billion arms deal. After becoming Governor of Bauchi in 2019, his corruption trial was suspended due to “constitutional provision that accords absolute immunity from criminal prosecution to an elected governor”, making many believe he became governor in order to avoid prosecution. In 2020, Governor Bala Mohammed awarded a contract worth N3.6 billion to his own company.
In 2018, Mohammed emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate for Bauchi State. On 26 March 2019, Bala Mohammed received 515,113 votes defeating the incumbent Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar who received 500,625 votes.
On 29 May 2019, he was sworn in as Governor of Bauchi State at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi. His election was later upheld by the Supreme Court.

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