- Senator Haliru Jika has clinched the governorship ticket of the New Nigeria People’s Party in Bauchi state
- The former chieftain of the ruling party emerged as the governorship candidate following the withdrawal of Yusuf Ibrahim, who was initially elected as the candidate of the party
- Meanwhile, on Wednesday, June 22, Senator Jika, defected from the All Progressives Congress to the NNPP
The chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Haliru Jika, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Bauchi State.
According to a report by The Punch, Jika, who currently represents Bauchi Central Senatorial District in the Senate, emerged unopposed following the voluntary withdrawal of Yusuf Ibrahim from the race.
Party chairman reacts
Chairman of the election of the NNPP, Yusuf Kofar-Mata, flanked by his Secretary, Mark Usman, said that the National Headquarters of the party sent them to come to Bauchi and conduct the election.
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Delegates who backed Senator Jika's candidacy
The delegates unanimously adopted Jika as the candidate in a voice vote.
“Following the receipt of the letter of withdrawal of Yusuf Ibrahim from the race, and since Sen. Haliru Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State.
“We have 630 delegates here with us who have also affirmed and adopted Haliru Jika as the gubernatorial candidate.”
Senator Jika reacts
Speaking after his affirmation, Senator Jika, a former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, expressed gratitude to the delegates and the NNPP for the honour done to him by allowing him to fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming election.
Name of prominent senator who insists he will contest in 2023 missing on INEC list
Abe also bragged that he had never lost an election in the state and that he was confident he would win the 2023 governorship election in the state.
Since he resigned his membership from the APC, Abe has not declared his new political party, nor did he participate in any governorship primaries.
Psychological point: Nigerian government reacts as terrorists attack AIG
In another development, the federal government, through the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has reacted to the attack on the convoy of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 12, headquartered in Bauchi, Audu Madaki.
Mohammed said it was an attempt by terrorists to score “a psychological point”. Mohammed disclosed this to State House Correspondents while reacting to the attack.
He said, “the government is taking the job of security very seriously.”