By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi, Comrade Sabo Mohammed has boasted that, come 2023, the incumbency factor will not stop his party from reclaiming the governorship seat from the ruling Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the state.
Mohammed who disclosed this during an interview with newsmen in Bauchi on Wednesday, explained that Incumbency factor does not count in the political formula of Bauchi State.
“Incumbency doesn’t work in Bauchi. In 2007, Mallam Isa Yuguda dislodged the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) from top to bottom and of recent in 2019, APC has everything at their disposal but Senator Bala Mohammed dislodged the then incumbent, Barrister Mohammmed Abdullahi”, he recalled.
Mohammed, who was one time Publicity Secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) opined that the issue of Incumbency in Bauchi State is mere rhetoric.
“Our people are wise and well informed and they know what they want and they will grow extra mile to defend what they want as they have demonstrated in 2007 and 2019 respectively,” he said.
The APC Chieftain maintained that the party’s governorship candidate Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar’s chances of dislodging the incumbent Senator Bala Mohammed were brightest.
“If you go through the political events that brought Governor Bala Mohammed to power, he has made many mistakes. He made a lot of promises that centred around the welfare of civil servants”, Comrade Mohammed said.
According to him, Governor Bala talked about improvement of business activities in Bauchi and palliatives to entrepreneurs as well as promising to recruit 500 workers and reinvigorate the traditional institute to restore its lost glory.
“He promised to improve the general well-being of the citizens but the reverse is the case, and that is why we are optimistic that APC will dislodge Governnor Bala Mohammed because we have a solid candidate that can do that”, Comrade further explained.
He said that the former Chief of Air Staff, Saddique Abubakar served the country well and was among the longest serving service Chiefs.
“And in appreciation they were settled with ambassadorial appointments, the first in the history of the country”, he added
Comrade Sabo Mohammed explained that the candidature of Saddique Abubakar has excited the people of Bauchi State because of his immense investment in the lives of citizens of the state by bringing in projects that impacted on the lives of the people.
The APC Chieftain argued that the gale of defections of some aspirants of the APC to other parties in the aftermath of the primaries would not affect the fortunes of the party.
He advised those who lost out to concede defeat and come on board to work for the success of the party.
“Some of us contested election since 2015 and lost but we remained committed to the APC. I urged our aggrieved members to rescind their decisions and support Saddique Abubakar so they do not lose their place when APC wins the forthcoming election,” he stated