BARELY three days to the September 29th gubernatorial primary election of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) the three other aspirants who are challenging the incumbent Governor of the state, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar for the party’s ticket in the primaries are currently facing stiff and enduring opposition from different groups in the state that are in support of the Governor.
A pressure group of the party known as, ‘Bauchi APC Youths for Transparency’ has described the media rantings and hypes by Mohammed Ali Pate, Muhammad Bala Jibrin, and Ibrahim Yakubu Lame as fear of an imminent defeat.
The group in a statement signed by its chairman, Comrade Yusuf Usman stated that those against the second term bid of Governor Abdullahi Abubakar are selfish and lightweight politicians who have unfortunately chosen to play politics in the media from their comfort zones in Abuja than facing the cogent reality here in the state.
The group further stated that ‘’Politics has gone far beyond sitting in faraway Abuja mouthing and enunciating about the mandate of the good people of Bauchi State. It is an undeniable fact, those against the second term bid of Governor Abubakar are selfish and lightweight politicians that don’t have any political capital in the state and none of them will deliver even his ward let alone the entire Bauchi State and releasing press statements would not in any way change or turnaround the earlier decision of the Bauchi APC of endorsing Governor Abubakar as the party’s sole candidate.’’
While reacting to the alleged alteration and manipulation of the delegate list, Yusuf Usman has this to say, ‘’It’s really laughable for someone who doesn’t know the prospective delegates at the first place to have alleged the alteration of the list, as far as the APC is concern in Bauchi State, indirect primaries is the only option and Governor Abubakar is our sole candidate and his starling performances and wider acceptability is matchless to any other person.’’
He also berated other aspirants challenging the incumbent, Governor Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar in the primaries calling them as adversaries not only of the party but to the state in general.
It will be recalled that discordant tunes, accusation and counter-accusations have followed the adoption of indirect primaries by the state chapter of the APC and subsequent endorsement of incumbent Governor Abubakar as the party’s sole candidate.
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