Not less than 50 Ex-commissioners in Bauchi State have committed to support All Progressive Congress APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar to wrestle power from the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Alhaji Ibrahim Aminu, former Commissioner for Higher Education during the Isa Yuguda government said the 50 commissioners were drawn from the past civilian administrations since 1999 to date.
He said Ex-Commssioners are dissatisfied with the performance of the present governor Senator Bala Mohammed hence decided to team up to ensure the success of the APC Gubernatorial candidate as the next governor of the states.
“By my side and behind me are former commissioners from different administrations and now supporting the project of Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar for the 2023 Governorship election.
Aminu said the Ex-Commssioners met severally before unanimously endorsing the APC Gubernatorial.
“These cream of citizens have met severally and today met with His Excellency Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar retired, to buttress our support for his mission to become the governor of Bauchi State.
“We are committed to this cause and we want to say that one, all of us will go back to our constituencies , towns and villages to mobilize our citizens to come out en masse to vote Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar into the Government House.
“We also resolved to also go round and see the conduct of the election so that we will not be shortchanged.
According to him, we want to see that everyone comes out and everybody actively participates in the election without being shortchanged by anybody..
“We are also together to make sure that nobody threatens us , we will not be deterred by any person or group of persons to make sure we did not participate in the election.
“We are also urging the entire citizens of Bauchi State to come out en masse and participate and elect Air Marshal saddique Abubakar.
The former Commissioner said they have gone round the state, saying that “everyone of us will go back to their constituencies and remain there until voting and counting and also go to the ward and local governments collation centers as well as INEC office to make sure that everybody’s vote counts”.
He assured that the 50.Ex-Commissioners were committed to peace to reign throughout the election.
He said the former Commissioners pitched their tents with the APC candidate because the incumbent governor had failed.
“For example if you go to Sa’adu Zungur Primary School now, it has become a shadow of itself. Go to many hospitals in the state now there is shortage of drugs, and personnel,he lamented.
“Many primary healthcare centers in rural.areas are in a terrible stage, saying the situation has led to the loss of so many women during delivery.
“Many communities have no water and even the Fulani have no earth dams,” he said.
“The state of the economy is in comatose.“Salaries, we are all aware of what is happening.
“Most of us here are ex Commissioners are retired and the pensions are hardly paid as at when due and names are being selected.
“Even the salaries names are selected and up till today salary and pension matters still hang in the balance”, he stressed.