By Khalid Idris Doya
The Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Bauchi, Alhaji Sani Shehu has said that the party is counting the numbered days of the incumbent Governor, Bala Mohammed to relinquish power to the party’s candidate, Senator Halliru Dauda Jika.
Speaking at a rally in Bauchi to receive 50, 000 decampees from nine different political parties in the state into the NNPP, Sani Shehu, popularly called Sanin Mallam, expressed optimism that the party’s candidate, Senator Halliru Jika will dethrone incumbent Governor Bala Mohammed from power comes 2023 polls.
Sanin Mallam described the Bauchi NNPP gubernatorial candidate as more youthful than the incumbent governor, saying the days of free distribution of goats as empowerment to youth and women by the present administration in Bauchi would soon be over.
Also speaking at the occasion, a faithful member of the NNPP, Alhaji Baba Mallam Katagum called for 40-day prayers for the repose of some Bauchi decease pensioners and civil servants who lost their lives while waiting for the payment of their entitlements and salaries respectively.
Baba Mallam decried the state of health service delivery in the state where, he argued, hospitals and primary healthcare centres were turned into mere consulting facilities without the necessary drugs to administer patients, saying the situation is extremely worrisome.
Mallam also accused Governor Bala Mohammed for self-centredness in building a mansion in Bauchi containing 70 rooms out of government coffers, querying “Where is he going with such a magnificent house when he already attained the age of 64 years.
The decampees who were coordinators of other political parties cross-over into the NNPP under the tutelages of Alhaji Sani Alkaleri the younger brother of Bauchi state governor’s wife Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, Alhaji Suleiman Kirfi, Alhaji Isa Zakiru, Alhaji Baba Malaam Katagum.
The NNPP governorship candidate, Senator Halliru Dauda Jika has assured the gathering that people of Bauchi state would soon be salvaged from the shackles of abject poverty, disease and ignorance by his incoming administration comes 2023 polls.
Senator Jika decried the habits by some political parties in the state for giving a measure of salt or N1, 000 in buying votes during elections, and warned youths and women to shun receiving such gifts for their votes, and vote for credible candidates in next polls.
According to him, “Let me correct one thing that is going around in the social media that am working for someone, they know me am not a coward in politics especially in Bauchi politics were i was born, am a bonafide son of the state so don’t allowed them with their mischievous talks that am here for somebody APC or PDP rather am here to be the next governor of Bauchi state come 2023.”
“Let me assure you our government will deliver the yearning and aspiration of the Bauchi people particularly youth and women because of the tremendous support we are witnessing since we started this journey.”
Dokaji also emphasized that, “Lets meet at the battle grown they now me very well am not afraid of any body from their parties because they refused to do what is right to the people of Bauchi, we are here to change the narratives in Bauchi state, and Bauchi is for competent people not for bunch of liars.”
Another decampees Alhaji Garba Chiroma who spoke on behalf of all decampees says they are here for a purpose to get the right people in the helm of affairs of the state government.
“We are tired of this government we are not talking about this administration, they are not in our front, because they disappointed us, umbrella and broom we will not allowed them to deceive Bauchi people again, I urged Bauchi electorates to do the needful and elect all NNPP candidates in the 2023 general elections in the state especially with women voters.”
Different Stakeholders of the party speaks during the event urging the people to vote for NNPP at all levels, assures that they will go round all the 20 local governments area of the state to canvass support for their Gubernatorial Candidate and other candidates of the party in general.