Bauchi APC and internal saboteurs by Jibrin Usmanu
The elections are here. And as usual, politics will manifest in their different shapes, sizes, and forms. The Bauchi APC like in other parts of the country must brace up against those whose stock in trade is to sabotage the political capital of the party.
In Bauchi, the success of the forthcoming 2019 general elections will be determined by the success of the September gubernatorial primary election. In fact, the need for a proper understanding of the times is quite germane so as to adequately brace up for the inevitable challenge.
As an individual with a particular interest in Bauchi state APC, I find it deeply worrisome the extent to which some are willing to have President Buhari’s and Governor Abubakar’s legacies scuttled in the state. It’s therefore necessary that, the Bauchi state All Progressives Congress and the good people of the state must rise up to address the fact that some elements within its ranks may be accessory to the reckless politics being played by some aspirants.
Of course, it is within the rights of every eligible member of the party to contest for positions of their choice, what may not be the best is a desperate attempt to rewrite history in a way that does injury to those among us who have dedicated themselves to the service of the people and liberation of the Bauchi State from the gory days misgovernance.
Those who are challenging the adoption of the PMB and the incumbent governor, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar as the sole candidates of the Bauchi APC in the party’s primaries election should do so within what is true to equity fairness and good conscience not with prejudice and egocentric massaging.
It gets really disturbing that those scheming against the second term bid of Governor Abubakar are political moles working for the opposition PDP to scuttle the chances of the APC in the 2019 general elections. And the recent decamping to the PDP by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, whose political odds and ends that decided to remain in the APC and causes chaos and rat’s nest are now acting their designed scripts.
The assumption that these people do not pose a problem to the chances of the APC’ssuccess in the final analysis is to say the least very simplistic. Of course, a counter argument will be that the party is trying to uphold the principles of internal democracy. This is of course great.
However, it must not be lost on us that the party needs to be on its guard as the popular opinions hold that many of these people are merely masquerading as true members of the APC but they are working for the opposition party especially the PDP.
The Bauchi APC has done well in endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor M.A Abubakar as its sole candidates in the 2019 general elections but must not just end here. Why the three other contenders in the person of Mohammed Ali Pate, Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, and Capt. Bala Jibrin Rtd still prefer to stick to their guns in opposing the sole candidacy of Abubakar’s re-election bid despite conclusive evidence is something that must be x-rayed by the party and good people of Bauchi State.
It is still in our memories that, when Abubakar assumed the mantle of the leadership of Bauchi state, every single sector of the state’s economy was comatose begging for an immediate rescue while the added burden of huge debt was something observers believed would cripple development if not by the urgent intervention of the M.A Abubakar’s led government that had succeeded in reversing all the inherited misfortunes to an advantages.
However, for the emergence of Abubakar, everything is now effectively working. It is a shame that corrupt elements who appear to be advancing the interest of known political profiteers and those who were denied access to empty our treasury as usual, are not shy of rubbishing the hard-earned reputation of Governor Abubakar and the efforts of the APC in Bauchi.
The fact must, therefore, come out in no equivocal way that syphoning our collective patrimony is not a culture that can be allowed to hold sway in the party simply because one has supported in the party’s emergence in the 2015 election.
The idea of bringing this government wasn’t to further ruin the state in favour of individuals but bring out the state out of the woods. The Bauchi State APC as led by Uba Ahmed Nana’s decision to adopt indirect primaries is a welcome development.
The party is more on the right track by endorsing the candidacy of Abubakar for governorship position in the 2019 general elections because allowing the agents of PDP to dictate our party’s direction could be detrimental to our success in the forthcoming elections.
It’s clear that, whether the detractors find this development palatable or not, the overriding consideration is the fact that, this is a popular decision and is hinged on the need to sustain good governance and consolidation of the remarkable feats achieved by the Abubakar-led administration in Bauchi state.
– Jibrin Usmanu wrote from Bauch