Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives has reportedly formed a coalition with six political parties and stakeholders in Bauchi with the major aim of ensuring that Governor Mohammed Abubakar is not re-elected.
Daily Sun reports that the convener of the coalition, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Kirfi, confirmed the development on Sunday, January 20, while speaking with journalists.
Kirfi reportedly said the action was taken after a review of developments in the state and after consultation relating to the poor performance of the APC government in Bauchi state in the last four years.
According to the report, the parties involved include the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Alliance for Congress of Democrats (ACD), People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), and the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN).
To authenticate the move, Kirfi read a press statement he signed alongside Speaker Dogara, Senator Bala Mohammed, Yakubu Lame, Professor Ali Pate, Alhaji Adamu Jumba, Senator Abdul Ningi, Senator Bala Tela, Senator Nazid Gamawa, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, among several political leaders.
According to him, defeating Governor Abubakar in the forthcoming election is an important task that must be executed.
He complained about the alleged widespread and increasing extreme poverty in the state as proven by the National Bureau for Statistics (NBS), the lack of any meaningful infrastructural development that can encourage economic revival.
These challenges, according to him, are despite significant economic capital flow amounting to more than N50 billion received from the federal government and other sources.
According to him, the coalition has agreed to campaign vigorously and to foil Governor Abubakar’s alleged plans to rig the election using vote buying, instigating violence and relying on some people within INEC, the police and other security agencies.
“We have formed a united front with our agents at the polling units to mutually support and protect the votes of our coalition’s supporters in the elections.
“We will expand the coalition to include other independent-minded parties and stakeholders who are interested in the development of Bauchi state in the gubernatorial elections.
“We will continue to refine the coalition’s approach, including, but not limited to, uniting behind a single candidate at the appropriate time before the elections,” Kirfi said.
Speaking also, Dogara thanked God for the coalition. He also commended the courage of the people of the state ahead of the forthcoming elections to ensure the defeat of Governor Abubakar.
The speaker slammed Governor Abubakar for allegedly wasting the resources accruing to the state on building bill boards and recruiting misguided youths who were guarding the bill boards.
Dogara maintained that the governor made a mistake thinking that he could use money to buy every politician in the state. The speaker added that no sane politician would align with the governor owing to his bad governance in the state.
“Our mission is to stop Governor Mohammed Abubakar and anyone that with bring lack of progress and underdevelopment to our dear state will be chased out.
“The coalition will work to get the best among the candidates to defeat Abubakar, a candidate that will stand by the truth. The coalition is fighting against agents of underdevelopment,” Dogara said.
The speaker alleged that there was a plot to create violence. He reminded the state that the families of those plotting such do not live in there
“But, we as a people have resolved to cast our votes and be law-abiding. If anyone is killed, we will not only defeat him but get a bus to escort him out of the state so that we will live in peace and enjoy the developments that we have always enjoyed before his coming,” he said.
In his reaction, the spokesperson for the governor, Abubakar Al-sadique, said his principal was not threatened by the coalition.
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Abubakar Al-sadique said: “The major drivers of the major political parties in the state such as the former deputy national publicity chairman of PDP, Senator Babayo Gamawa, two former governors of the state, Adamu Muazu and Isa Yuguda, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Yayale Mahmoud Ahmed, two former deputy governors and several others from the National Assembly and those who have held top positions all joined the performing governor.
“The beauty of democracy is that it is the people that decide who they want to lead them; if somebody feels otherwise it is their rights but in the end, it is the majority that will have their way and the minority their say.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi on Saturday, January 12, received no fewer than 18 prominent PDP members who had defected to the ruling party.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was part of activities marking the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state. Alhaji Uba Nana, APC chairman in the state handed over the defectors to the national chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
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