- A lawmaker in Bauchi, Muhammad Aminu Tukur, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari should forget about winning the state in the coming polls
- Tukur said that for supporting a governor in the state that did not deliver of his promises, President Buhari will lose majority votes in Bauchi
- He further said that the president cannot decide the fate of the state in the forthcoming general elections
A member of the Bauchi state House of Assembly (Lere/Bula) on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not get much votes in the state in the coming polls.
Tukur's position is premised on the argument that President Buhari is supporting the re-election of Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, the state governor, who has not impressed the people of the state with his performance, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Tukur: “Buhari cannot decide the fate of the people of Bauchi State, if he had 90% supporters in 2015, then, this time around, he has less than 50%. By raising the hands of Governor Mohammed Abubakar, he (Buhari) has defeated himself.
"Even the President himself, will definitely not find it easy in Bauchi State this time around. I am one of those that will not vote for him again.”
The lawmaker alleged that Abubakar has failed to deliver on his promises with no major project in his administration.
He said: “The present government in Bauchi State is a failure, we have never had a government that is so loosed, corrupt and inept in the way it handles things like this time around. A government that has served for more than 3 years and 7 months has no N50 million worth of project in any local government area of the state, despite the huge money that accrues to the state.”
He further said: “If they (the state government) fail, they must accept that and give way to someone who is serious to rule. We know the very ordinary Nigerian has their way of solving the problem.
"We know the revolution that happened in 2007, the same thing happened in 2015 and a replica of it will definitely happen in 2019, nobody can stop that.
“He (the Governor), even made it known when he was elected the Governor that the people of Bauchi State are wiser and can decide to change a leader who is a failure, no matter how tactful he is and how strong he is.”
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Reacting to claims that PDP is planning to trigger violence in the coming polls, Tutur said: “It is not true. The government is not sincere that the opposition parties are trying to cause violence during the elections, it is the government of Bauchi State that is planning violence against its citizens.”
As to whether he is certain that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be able to conduct free and fair elections in the state, he said: “I was made to realise that the Governor made several efforts to see to it that he manipulates and imposes ad-hoc staff who will do the elections specifically, by nominating his cronies from the state Tertiary Institutions. Happily enough, I learnt that INEC refused and rejected everything and decided that they will use the Federal Institutions in the state.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari departed Abuja for Bauchi to attend his presidential campaign rally at Tafawa Balewa Stadium.
Legit.ng gathered that the disclosure was made on Saturday, January 12, by the personal assistant to the president on new media, Bashir Ahmad.
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