- The governor-elect of Bauchi has said the people of the state voted out incumbent governor Mohammed Abubakar because he did not deliver on his promises
- According to Bala Mohammed, the hope people had for APC in 2015 was horribly dashed as they failed to fulfill their campaign promises
- The PDP candidate said he would ensure that all his duties as the governor are discharged with dignity and honour
Bala Mohammed, the governor-elect of Bauchi state, has said that the people of the state voted out Mohammed Abubakar, the present governor, because his administration failed them.
It should be noted that Mohammed, who contested under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), scored 515,113 votes to beat Abubakar who polled 500,625 votes in the election, The Cable reports.
In his acceptance speech, Mohammed said the hope the residents of Bauchi had when they gave their votes to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 was turned into nightmares.
“Four years ago, the citizens of Bauchi state accepted a clarion call with excitement from you and voted a government they believed would usher a new and radical beginning,” Mohammed said.
He said the people used the same power they have through the ballot box to decide once again their destiny and kick out those who lack the capacity to give them the change they need.
In his words: “This dream turned out to be a nightmare with scandalous consequences leading the majority of our people to doubt that our children will ever have a better future. As a matter-of-fact, it is the failure of the outgoing administration to fulfill virtually all its electoral promises that boomeranged to their rejection by the citizens of Bauchi state.
“You have therefore chosen through the ballot box never again to leave the destiny of our state in the hands of those who lack the vision, the motivation, and the capacity to drive the change we desperately need."
He, however, said his government would collaborate with the out-going administration on the ways to lift up the state.
“In the coming days and weeks, we shall be engaged with officials of the outgoing government with what would hopefully be a hitch-free transitional exercise.
“Once we have a clearer picture of the enormity of the task of rebuilding our state, I shall be honest with you about the challenges we would face because I know the road will be long and rough,” he said.
Mohammed also promised that he would develop human resources in the state and discharge the duties he was elected for with “dignity and honour”.
He added: “Contrary to popular belief, our greatest strength is not our lands or our businesses but our own human capital.
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"I shall consider it not only my duty, but it will be my ardent desire to labour for the empowerment of our teeming youths. It also goes without saying that saving the lives of our women and children remains close to my heart.
“I pledge to execute the duties of the high office of the governor of Bauchi state with dignity and honour for the benefit of all our people."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Abubakar of Bauchi state congratulated his opponent and winner of the state gubernatorial election, Senator Mohammed.
Governor Abubakar invited the governor-elect to join him in working out the process of a smooth transition.
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