By Sanusi Muhammad
In 1979, Bauchi North was first to benefit from the political arrangement of power sharing which paid handsome dividends until 1999 when Bauchi South took over where it remains. As 2015 approaches, should the arrangement continue for the purpose intended or scuttled to accommodate selfish desire tailored to greed and injustice?
When Gombe State was excised out of Bauchi state in 1996, it was replaced in the equation by Bauchi Central and an attempt was haphazardly made in 2007 to allow it taste power that was resisted for ignorance of intention from the gullible. The attempt to impose a governor from the central zone paved a path for opposition to clinch to power though not on a platter of gold as the electorates despite threats and intimidation by the ruling party, still revolted to install opposition to power with Isa Yuguda as governor.
In 2009, Yuguda out of what he described as frustration by his party, ANPP, defected back to his mother party, PDP where he remains with disappointed electorates who later agreed with his reason. As the journey started in 2007 heads to its terminal end, political actors get confused on who deserves to replace Yuguda of Bauchi south in 2015 from the other two zones?
Ideally, the time for the Central Zone to taste the benefits of the 1979 arrangement is overdue unless if there exist a hidden agenda to end the arrangement for selfish interest of aspirants from the zones of North and South. Although it is believed that in conventional setting, the majority has its way while the minority has a say but in this case, the arrangement was nurtured for the unity of the State and in the interest of good governance that deserves encouragement to thrive.
Central zone has credible and reliable political actors to steer the affairs of the State with dexterity and fashion. It prides the likes of Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, Barr. Ahmed Ibrahim Dandija, Dr. Ali Pate, Aminu Hammayo, Sabo Bappayo, Hon. Ibrahim Makama, Senator Muhammed A. Muhammed, Nadada Umar, Uba Nana, Hon. Salisu Zakari, Hon. Abdul Razak Nuhu Zaki and several others across the various political parties that deserve support to show their prowess.
The rumour mill has it that PDP plans to shift its gubernatorial slot to Central zone but in favor of a lame duck lacking political and administrative experience to move the State forward. Records show that the only known quality of the rumored PDP candidate is that he enjoys a certain degree of respect within his professional colleagues and also connected to some international donor agencies and foundations the likes of Bill Gate and Melinda Foundation that may be beneficial to the State and that to his sponsors is enough reason to hand him over the State. But majority opined that is the State so unfortunate to aspire to rely on donor agencies for crocodile aids than having an effective administration for the good of the people with positive initiatives? If PDP mistakenly fields its dream contestant that lacks political focus and experience, it shall definitely be a victim of a second revolution in 2015 no matter the consequences.
Bauchi North equally has credible and tested politicians to carry the State to its next level the likes of Yayale Ahmed, Sadiq Mahmoud, Dr. Musa Babayo and few others. Yayale for instance, needs pacification and conviction to accept an offer to serve. He has the Midas touch to fast track the State to its next destination but has to be convinced of the sincerity of offer as he is neither aspiring to govern nor in active politics. Despite all the scheming, it is still rumored that Senator Adamu Ibrahim Gumba from Bauchi South is touted for deputy governorship position to balance the equation if the need arises. To the electorates of Bauchi South, Gumba serves better, as a senator than to serve as a deputy governor that may render him idle and unproductive going by how deputies are treated. He is presently doing a marvelous service to his constituents that may be missed if he accepts to deputize. His return from the senate may be a blessing to opposition APC which controls four of the seven local governments making up the senatorial zone – T/Balewa, Bogoro, Bauchi and Toro.
Bauchi South parades combatants like Abubakar Kari, Shehu Gabam, Barr. Ibrahim Zailani, Dr. Ibrahim Lame and few others who are determined to use numerical strength and expertise to clinch the top job in the interest of their zone. In such a confused situation of uncertainty and fear of the use of state machinery, should Bauchi South accept to deputize for any of the other two zones or prefers to slug it out to prove a point? Majority of the people from the southern zone prefer an all-inclusive contest as APC plans to hold than deputizing for any candidate from any of the two zones. APC has made its position clear by encouraging its gubernatorial aspirants to slug it out without strings while efforts are made not only to chase PDP out of Government House but dismantle its structures completely for what it described as riddance of inept leadership.
Muhammad was the editor of Bauchi-based Trumpeter/Kakaki newspapers