By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate to this Saturday’s Bauchi South senatorial bye-elections, Hon. Maryam Garba Bagel has said that her resolve to contest the seat is geared to influence women seek for elective offices in the country.
She said the contest will also afford her the opportunity to positively contribute to the socio-economic and political development of the country, particularly the Bauchi South senatorial district that has its developmental indices nothing to write home about.
Bagel, the only female in the 31-member Bauchi State House of Assembly, at a press conference in Bauchi Wednesday preparatory to the bye-election explained that she will champion the course of disadvantaged people in the society such as the youth, women, poor and those without God fathers.
The lawmaker, who expressed delight with the support she has been enjoying from the electorate in the Bauchi South senatorial district, realized that people choose leaders based on what they were able to do for them.
Hon. Bagel was however dismayed that Bauchi South is the largest of the zones in the state, but the worst in development lacking in federal government’s intervention attributable to poor representation which, she vowed, to champion.
“If elected a senator I will contribute to this state and the nation, I will make sure that the state has good roads network, electricity, pipe-borne water, and other basic necessities of life which the people are being denied”, she contended.
Hon. Maryam Bagel, who noted that democracy has come to stay in the country, said that it is high time for citizens to start joining politics, adding “It is time for us to stop sitting on windows or walls criticizing politicians without doing anything to change the society for the better.
Bagel recalled that she was approached by different people including the youth, traditional and religious leaders to contest the Bauchi South senatorial bye-election, stressing that “I have a lot to contribute to the people”.
“So far I have gone round seeking for support and I was overwhelmed with the support I saw which was all a reference to what they said I have done, I didn’t know that I have done much, but I realize that people choose leaders base on what they were able to do”, she concluded.