Vows to fight Badaru’s 2nd term bid
From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
In what appeared to be a political in-house crack in Jigawa APC, one of the major groups that lead the APC to victory in 2015 general election, the ‘Hashimiyya Movement’ has endorsed President Muhammad Buhari to run for second term but was silent on the same APC governor in the state, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru, who is also planning to run for second term.
The leader of the movement, Ubale Hashim, who contested the 2015 gubernatorial election under the APC with the current governor of the state, dropped the hint during a Press Conference organized by the movement in Dutse.
Hashim, alongside other party big-wigs, declared that they will throw weight behind President Buhari only and give him their support come 2019 election in the state.
“I’m formally announcing my support to only President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 polls; and no any other candidate will enjoy this support from the ‘Hashimiya’ movement,” he declared.
He accused governor Badaru for betraying the party supporters, in spite of series of promises he had earlier made that were never kept by him.
He said, “The emergence of Badaru Abubakar as governor in the state was not the popular view of all members of the party; but for the sake of peace to reign, we supported the governor. But along the line, we realized that the present administration in the state is no longer popular to continue with the APC agenda,” he declared.
He noted that, twice, the governor had visited him and both agreed to sheath their swords and iron their differences for the general interest of the people of the state. But, he declared, the governor has refused to keep his part of the promise.
Phm. Ubale Hashim said his loyalty and support will only be to President Buhari, insisting that Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar has not regain the honour for his vote again.
When asked if he would contest the state governorship election, he declared that when the time comes he would make his intention known to his teeming supporters.
When contacted, Special Assistant to the governor on social media, Alhaji Auwal Sankara, said there was never a time that Governor Badaru failed to honour any of the promises made to the people of the state.
Sankara said everyone in the state knows that Hashim was never a supporter of this government; rather, “he was only chasing his selfish motives, part of which he wants the governor to mediate for his reinstatement as the Chairman board of NAFDAC, a position he occupied prior to this administration”.
“If his claims were genuinely for the interest of the people, he ought to have mentioned where the governor has failed to execute certain projects after he has promised to do so,” SA Sankara said.