By, MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
A gubernatorial aspirant in 2007 in Bauchi State, Ahmed Shuaibu has ruled out the possibility of running for the office of the executive governor in the state come 2023 general elections.
According to him, the incumbent governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed is doing creditably well that need not to be challenge, saying his contest for the executive office was attributable to the poor performance of the then governor.
“I will not run for the Office of the Governor now because I’m satisfied with the performance of the present Bauchi Governor, the way he is transforming the state”, Shu’aibu told a press conference in Bauchi Sunday.
“The reason why I contested for the office of the governor in the past was because I feels Bauchi was not getting the development it supposed to get from the previous administrations, but within the two years of Governor Bala Mohammed stewardship, he had proven to be the genuine son of the soil through his numerous achievements”, he said.
According to him, the performance of the present administration in Bauchi state is apparent even to a blind man and women, adding “It is an outstanding performance at any standard and you compare it to any governorship office within Nigeria to make such an impact on people within two years”.
Shu’aibu, popularly known as ‘Raba Gardama’ said that the changes Governor Bala Mohammed has brought to the people of the state is enormous as they cut across sectors of education, poverty alleviation, good governance, health reform, transparent – all-inclusive and accountable leadership, innovative economy, agricultural revolution and security, among others. Raba Gardama said, “Governor Bala has put his political opponents to shame by opening the state for development and for bringing investors, I always laugh at his critics because they have nothing to say, but rather try to create diversionary criticism which people of the state are aware its blatant lie”.
Alhaji Ahmed Shu’aibu however assured that he would gun for Bauchi South Senatorial seat come 2021 general elections, but could not say on which party platform he would join the grasp
He urged supporters of Governor Bala Mohammed and the People’s Democratic Party to give the desired publicity to the numerous projects the present administration is currently executing in the state.
Raba Gardama also commended the National Assembly for embarking on constitutional review and urged it to sustain the tempo and absorb pressure until they succeed irrespective of the odds and challenges.
It could be recalled that Shuaibu contested for Bauchi governorship seat during hot contest between former SSG Mohammed Nadada Umar who was sponsored and supported by then Governor Ahmed Muazu against the state former Governor Mallam Isah Yuguda in 2007.
During that contest which forced Yuguda out of PDP, Shu”aibu was nicknamed ‘Raba Gardama’ meaning’ a person who will settle the struggle between Yuguda and Muazu, finally Yuguda defect to the opposition party and won the election.