From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
A Bauchi State gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Mohammed Ali Pate has said that he is not anointed by anybody to be governor of the state.
Ali Pate, who made this known yesterday while fielding questions from newsmen in Bauchi, added that his motive of joining the Bauchi State governorship race as a developmental professional was to contribute his quota to the development of the state.
According to him, “I want to work towards improving and consolidating on the administration of Yuguda, i.e. poverty alleviation, insecurity and unemployment.”
“Governor Yuguda and any other person have no power to anoint any aspirant to succeed him because such an action will be tantamount to mediocrity.”
The aspirant commended the party executives for providing level playing field for all aspirants in the state. “The party has assured that it will provide a level playing ground for all the aspirants, so the issue of an anointed candidate does not even arise. If there is an anointed candidate as wrongly insinuated, i am afraid the party might not make it to the general election because the people of the state may not accept such a candidate”
The former minister of State for health and Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) said that the only way to address insecurity in the north-east is through shared prosperity as everybody will have access to the resources in the region.
“Every society that you see is peaceful, the prosperity is shared. We know not all hands are equal, but when people have access to the dividends of democracy in a state, the temptation by youths to carry arms will not even arise.
“If am elected as Governor, I will ensure that women are educated and empowered in order to be self-reliant and independent.”
“If I become Governor of the state, my administration will create an atmosphere where youth will be gainfully employment in order for them to be house owners, afford to drive their own cars and empower others. This is the only way to overcome the problem of insecurity” Pate said.