From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Bauchi business community in their hundreds, including butchers, peasant farmers, businessmen and women as well as politicians have contributed
N2.5 million to buy nomination form for Aminu Mohammed Danmaliki to contest the House of Representative seat in 2015.
It could be recalled that Aminu Mohammed Danmaliki was elected in 2003 under the umbrella of the PDP to represent Bauchi federal constituency at the National Assembly.
The leader of the team, Alhaji Adamu Musa said they decided to contribute the money to buy the form to prove to Danmaliki that they meant business when they requested him earlier to vie for the Bauchi Federal Constituency seat.
While presenting the form yesterday, Musa said: “We asked him three months ago to contest for the seat and we are going to work hard to ensure that he emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries.”
Musa said that they have the mandate of hundreds of thousands of people to continue the campaign for Danmaliki without demanding money from him adding that Danmaliki’s performance when he represented Bauchi Federal Constituency in 2003 was remarkable.
“Apart from the overwhelming trust and confidence the community has on Danmaliki, we have decided to use our money to support his candidature because it is high time for politicians and the electorate to stop mortgaging their rights by allowing money bags to bulldoze their way to buy votes,” he said.
Musa said that with the encouraging results they received from donors, an association to be named Political Action Group , was being formed for the purpose of raising and spending money to get the politician to be elected in the House of Representatives
While receiving the nomination form, Danmaliki thanked them for the confidence repose in him and declared his unconditional acceptance of their request for him to contest the House of Reps election to represent Bauchi Federal Constituency and promised not to let them down.
Danmaliki assured that more than ever he would remain focus in championing the cause of the common man and ensured that “the disconnect between the common man in the constituency and the government is corrected”.
He said: “Your creative financial support is an effective proponent of democracy that Nigeria needs and should be emulated.
“I am not surprised that this is coming from Bauchi the birth place of Nigeria’s democracy”
The politician who praised the donors for their gesture however lamented that nowadays people were using every available means to milk contestants adding that to find a group of persons contributing for the success of an aspirant was indeed something he never heard of in this climes.
He then urged political parties to continue to reflect the concerns of citizens and project the best vision and develop policy options that will move the country forward by attracting and inspiring their members as key to generating revenue to support their aspirants.