Bauchi gov speaks on reason for conducting local govt elections after 17 years

Bauchi gov. Bala Mohammed, speaking at the campaign rally


Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that his administration will be conducting local government council elections this Saturday after 17 years of such not happening in order to fulfill his campaign promise.

He said this in a speech at the official flag-off of campaign for the People’s Democratic Party of his local government area, Alkaleri, ahead of the council polls.

“This is the commencement for the campaigns for the local government elections that we promised the people of Nigeria and the people of Bauchi. 

“The election holding on Saturday was a promise we made to you on behalf of your children, we said that we will conduct local government elections and you can see how far we’ve gone with our preparations.

“For 17 years, local government elections were not held in Bauchi State, but whatever has not been done, by the grace of God, we will do it. That is why we are saying that the things that we promised, we are praying to God to help fulfill them,” he said.

Mohammed said that his government is not resting on its oars with all the security agencies, the Police, the army, Civil Defense and all security agencies, to protect the lives and properties of the citizens of the state saying “we don’t sleep just because we want to work for you, you know there is no state that is secured as Bauchi.”

He lamented that his local government area (Alkaleri) is backwards and lacking many social amenities promising that his administration will do all it can with its meagar resources to provide dividends of democracy to his kinsmen.

He said that the Bauchi-Alkaleri road which also connects states in the North-East is in a deplorable condition.

The governor said: “Today, if you’ll leave Bauchi and come to Alkaleri, you’ll spend one hour because the road is bad, there is no road, there is no water, no electricity, the electricity you see was brought by us not the government.

“Today, God has given us the opportunity and it won’t be proper for us to be left behind, there is nothing in Alkaleri, it is not that I am not aware, we must be just and fair to those who elected us and gave us the opportunity to be in government, I mean the local government areas.

“We will ensure that the road from Bauchi-Alkaleri is fixed. We must come and build houses here because of the natural resources and the oil that we have in the north which is found only in Alkaleri. 

“We will join hands with the federal government to ensure that this road is repaired but I will promise you that if the federal government, with all the love you have for it, fails to fix the road, I want you to know that your son is here waiting, I will fix it if they don’t do it.”

Mohammed promised that with the discovery of oil in Alkaleri LGA, “we will set up the Petroleum Training Institute, we promise you. By next year we will start building the Institute.”

The Governor who received 20,000 defectors from the All Progressive Congress, said the defectors were motivated by his  performance and pointed out that the business of governance is about dedication and selfless service.

“And today, we are being reconnected with our brothers and sisters numbering 20,000 and they are made up of people who are strong in politics because I contested against them, whatever APC got in the last election in 2019, they got it through them,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Yakubu Hashimu said that they defected from the APC to the PDP because of the laudable initiatives and projects being executed by our son, Governor Bala Mohammed.

Hashimu said: “He (Gov. Mohammed) has demonstrated to us that he has the political will to change the looks of Bauchi State, that’s why in our thousands, we feel we should join him and support him”, he said.

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