From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate to this Saturday’s 11th August 2018 Bauchi South senatorial bye-election, Hon. Lawal Yahaya Gumau has declared that God has already promised him the position.
“Prior to the APC primaries in the build-up to the bye-election, God has written that I’m the APC candidate in this bye-election even if angels are going to come out and vote, I will win because they can’t change the will of God.”
Gumau stated this while interacting with reporters at the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ, Bauchi. He said none of the 302 polling units that constitute Toro federal constituency that had not felt the impact of his representation at the National Assembly.
The APC candidate, who is the present member representing Toro Federal constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, attributed his victory at the recent APC primaries for the bye-election to his acumen in the provision of social amenities to the electorate, and his dodged fight against injustice.
The lawmaker, who expressed optimism that he will win the August 11 bye-election into the Bauchi South senatorial seat, said that if given the mandate he will introduce a new pattern of politicking that will de-emphasize money-bags politics.
He traced his political jamboree dates back to 2003 when he won election into the Bauchi State House of Assembly, and has been at the green chamber since 2011, stressing that he is tired of being a member of House of Representatives, hence his resolve to move to the Red Chamber.
Gumau, also attributed his success at the recent party primaries to Governor Mohammed Abubakar whom, he said, gave them a level playing ground that culminated to his victory carrying the APC ticket to the forthcoming bye-election.
“For the three times I have been winning elections, there wasn’t any of the times I spent N5million in electioneering campaigns, and this is attributable to my manifestoes which are in tandem with the yearnings and aspirations of the electorates”, he said.
Gumau explained that his manifestoes were not new as, according to him, they have been tested and proved dates back to 2003 when he was elected into the State House of Assembly, saying “it is my manifestoe that is always giving me a winning ticket.
“The cardinal principle of my manifestoes is to turn-round anything political into the hands of the electorates because I never opt to the politics of God-father that can make me take everything I canvass to my God father; so I always do what has never been done in my constituency as regard dividends of democracy.”
He debunked the insinuations that his contributions to legislative debates at the NASS are nothing to write home about, saying “I realize that you have to give money if you want your face to be shown on television screen.
“I’m not a good friend to journalists; you hardly see my face at the National Assembly. I realize that you have to give money if you want your face to be shown on screen. Not that it was officially written from your headquarters, but someone will just come and say he will publicize you, he will give you publicity… and so on and so forth. I say I don’t like it because I was not voted in Abuja and most of the people that voted me don’t even have television sets.”
He, however, said, “Not that I’m not in good friendship with the press; all the pressmen in the NASS knew me well, and we are all friends; but I don’t give money for anything that one is assigned to do. That made me not a good friend of them.”
“I’m a real grassroots politician that has a vision in politics, my vision is to be a President of Nigeria Insha-Allah, but I have to go upwards to the ladder. I was a House of Assembly member, I’m now at the House of Representatives, now I’m moving to a Senate seat and I’m capable to be a Senator”.