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Published On: Fri, May 25th, 2018

…Consultations on who becomes next Deputy Governor on top gear

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From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi

Few hours after the Former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State Engineer Nuhu Gidado resigned from his posts, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, All Progressives Congress, APC, Political groups and organizations, stake holders on the platform of APC have begun consultations to choose a new deputy governor for Abubakar.
Investigations by our correspondent revealed that prominent stake holders in APC are making consultations in order to get the best hands that will help the party to win the 2019 General elections.
Political actors said based on the tradition and Political calculations, since the APC Governor Abubakar came from Bauchi South his Deputy will come from Bauchi North; but stake holders in Azare are insisting that new deputy should come from Azare town, as it was the tradition of past civilian administration in the state.
A source told our correspondent that three names that ring bells politically top the list of the aspirants to be nominated as the Deputy Governor. These are: Baba Abubakar Suleiman, former Minority Leader of the State House of Assembly and presently Director General of Bauchi State Geographic Information Service agency; Architect Audu Sule Katagum, Chief of Staff to the Governor; and Ibrahim Baba, member of House of Representatives.
The Nuhu Gidado political camp, however, wants the new deputy Governor to come from their camp for them to be carried along in the activities of governance.
Many believed Baba Abubakar is grassroots politician because of his experience in the House and has the knowledge of the in out of the state, after serving as a legislator that contributed to the good governance in the State.
They argued that Abubakar is a Politician with vast experience and a pioneer member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, who has followers in the grassroots that formed the APC; and they added that he is still one of most respected Youth politicians in Katagum.
Others believed that Ibrahim Baba, who is a serving member representing
Katagum Federal Constituency, will be good material because of his loyalty to the Governor, while Architect Sule Katagum is one of the governors old friends and confident whom many feel came from same camp with the governor.
An official of the APC said, “It is too early to start the speculation because all these talks are political speculations. People should wait till after when officials of the party meet and put everything in proper shape.”
He said, “All the people mentioned are our own; and they are qualified to be nominated as the new deputy governor, but people should be patient for now.”
Reports said members of Gidado’s camp met on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss their political fate after the exit of Gidado, their Political Godfather; and in one of the meetings they prefer a new deputy Governor to come from the camp since Gidado did not fight with the governor.

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