From Paul Orude, Bauchi
A coalition of minority ethnic groups in Bauchi State with membership that cuts across the 20 local government areas has unanimously endorsed Governor Bala Mohammed for a second term.
It also endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Atiku, describing the former vice president as the most qualified of the candidates vying to rule Nigeria in 2023.
Addressing journalists at the Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ Secretariat, leader of the group, Samuel J. Haruna, said the minority ethnic groups met and unanimously endorsed Governor Mohammed and Atiku at their recent meeting.
“We are about three million
and our membership cuts across every strata of society – leaders of thought, captains of industry, the academia, entrepreneurs, businessmen and women, and youths, with notable personalities,” he said.
The leader who was in company with Dabo Yakubu Dabs, spokesperson, Yohanna Bogoro, secretary, Yusuf Iliya, youth leader and Maryam Laraba Tanimu, women leader, said the group has critically evaluated and reviewed the performance of Governor Mohammed in three years and scored his administration high.
“Our assessment is based on nine criteria that include proactive approach to security, infrastructures, water supply, healthcare, economic
empowerment, education, Agriculture, inclusive governance and regional integration.
“Governor Mohammed has performed well, far beyond expectations. He has done in three and half years, what others could not do in eight years.
“In view of the foregoing reasons, and several others too numerous to mention, we unanimously adopt and endorse him for second term of four years.
“We, therefore, call on all our sons and daughters of the state at home and abroad to join hands with us to ensure the governor’s success in the forthcoming 2023 elections.
“We want to commend him for the remarkable and exemplary way he has piloted the affairs of our dear State and expressed gratitude to him for the monumental infrastructural development evidenced in numerous road constructions across the state.
“We also expressed full satisfaction with the prudent manner he has managed merger resources of the state culminating in the prompt payment of salaries of civil
servants. We equally lauded him for his proactive approach and responses to security matters which is responsible for the peace and security of lives and prosperity being enjoyed in the State as well as inclusive leadership style, which is unprecedented in the history of the state, and we urge him to continue to sustain the good works. We cannot but also appreciate him for always placing the interest of the state first in every policy of his administration.”