Speaker of the House or Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday flagged off his -re-election campaign in Bununu, headquarters of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, where he called on the people to resist any attempt to instigate violence and rig the 2019 elections.
He also warned that there are people who do not have any ancestral link, connection or origin in Bauchi State but want to cause violence and killings during the elections because they have nothing to lose and therefore, called on the people to do everything possible to foil the plot because they are the ones who will lose relatives, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers in addition to their ancestral homes.
Hon Dogara told his supporters to ensure that they monitor their votes on election day from the beginning to the end of the exercise in order to foil any plan to rig the polls.
“On election day, when you vote, don’t go home: vote and wait until all votes are counted and results announced and escort the vote.There are some of our unpatriotic people who are conniving with the Bauchi State government to cause violence,” he said.
The speaker lamented that good governance has eluded Bauchi State in the last four years, unlike other states that have been witnessing development. And that in spite of his spirited efforts to spur development from the grassroots through the bill passed by the National Assembly to grant autonomy to local government councils, some governors did all within their powers to block it in order to continue to divert local government funds.
Hon Dogara also appealed to his constituents to vote out the present government in order to bring in a government of the PDP which will be dedicated to infrastructure development of the state and the country at large.
He disclosed to his constituents, the unwillingness of the state government to support this efforts at bringing developmental projects to the state, saying, “I did everything within my power together with my colleagues to give autonomy to local governments but some state governors connived with some states assemblies to block it. Today, the local government is non-existent and the ordinary people don’t benefit anything from there.
“We have attracted so much infrastructural development to Bauchi State but the State government even sponsored some youths to protest and sweep the venue of the flag-off of road construction in 2017.
“Now that they see work is ongoing, the same Bauchi State government and its supporters have turned around to say the projects are President Muhammadu Buhari’s. So if they knew it was Buhari’s projects, why were they opposing it?”
“We attracted schools and other projects too numerous to mention but the Bauchi State government stopped the work and chased away the contractors.
Don’t allow them deceive you. Even mosque we wanted to renovate here in Bununu they stopped it.”
He also used the avenue to emphasise that neither him nor his political associates have any personal grudge against President Muhammadu Buhari but are only concerned about the welfare and security of the Nigerian people.
“None of us here hates President Muhammadu Buhari,” he stated, adding, “we do not hate him but the truth is we are worried and concerned about the future of our people in Nigeria, especially the North East, which has been ravaged by Boko Haram violence. If not checked, it will consume us here even in Bununu, may God forbid. Poverty and killings and bloodletting have ravaged our land.
Two days ago, two people who did everything to stop me from joining the PDP called after watching Buhari’s interview on television to apologise to me and said they thank God for opening their eyes.”
While decrying the desperation to remain in power in the face of glaring incompetence, he prayed that God will destroy whoever equates himself with Him as the one who gives and takes power and positions, as He did to Pharaoh a d other despots and dictators.
He also apologised to the people of Bauchi for helping to bring the present state government that has been a massive and monumental failure to power and sought their forgiveness.
At the campaign rally, eight former executives of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in addition to over 10,000 other members defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The event was attended by the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed, deputy governor of Gombe State, Hon Charles Illiya, director general of the Gubernatorial campaign of the PDP in Bauchi State, Senator Abdul Ningi, serving and former members of the National Assembly from Bauchi and neighboring states, members of the national PDP, as well as the executive and members of the party in Bauchi State.