- The APC in Bauchi has chosen its state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, as its gubernatorial candidate ahead of 2019 polls
- The ruling party in the state has also lent its support to President Muhammadu Buhari in his rerun ambition for the forthcoming presidential election
- The APC said that this decision was taken based on the consideration that the Abubakar-led government has touched the lives of the average indigenes
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi has adopted President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, as its presidential and gubernatorial candidate respectively for the 2019 general elections, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Abubakar Al-Saddique, the press secretary to the governor, said in a statement in Bauchi on Friday, September 13, that the party took the decision at its stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday, September 14, at the Government House, Bauchi.
Al-Sadique said the meeting also reaffirmed the party’s earlier decision to adopt indirect primaries for the election of its candidates for the 2019 poll. “The decision becomes necessary in view of the massive infrastructural development and stability in the nation and in Bauchi State.
“There is improved security and prudent management of resources that have been witnessed under these great leaders,” he stated. He quoted the stakeholders as saying that the APC government had initiated policies that had touched the life of the common man hence the adoption of the president and the governor.
He said the people of Bauchi state were satisfied with the commitment of the president and the governor to combating insurgency and other criminal activities.
Meanwhile, the deputy governor, Alhaji Audu Katagum, has advised all those seeking elective positions in the state to reach out to the electorate who will take the final decision on their ambition.
“Gov. Abubakar has not anointed candidates and I want to warn all of you against vote buying. The party is working out ways of checking electoral fraud during the conduct of the primaries,’’ Katagum said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that there had been voiced opinions by political critics as to what influenced the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Bogoro local government area of Bauchi during the recent Senate by-election in the state's south senatorial district.
Although the APC won the polls in every other local government area in the constituency, the trend was broken in Bogoro, the federal constituency that speaker Yakubu Dogara had represented since 2007, with the PDP winning nearly twice as much votes as the APC in the local council.
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