As Nigerians celebrate Valentineâ€™s Day, campaigners for the Minister of the Federal Capital Authority (FCT), Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammedâ€™s Gubernatorial election in 2015 have invaded Bauchi with massive campaign posters, drumming support for the minister.
THISDAY checks revealed that the posters with the picture of the minister, beaming a broad smile and saluting Bauchi people, were pasted in strategic places in the state capital on Valentineâ€™s Day Eve by a coalition of youth organisations.
Unlike the previous posters of the minister, which were placed on major roads and strategic areas of Bauchi metropolis, the ones that hit the state capital on Valentineâ€™s Day, were mostly concentrated in the city centre, Bayan Gari, Jahun, Railway, Yelwa and the suburbs of Bauchi town, among others.
Commenting on the issue, a popular youth leader and state coordinator, Youth for Good Governance and a United Nigeria, Mallam Danjumai Salisu Muhammad called on the minister, to throw his hat in the ring for governorship in 2015 without further delay, emphasising Senator Bala Mohammed would provide a change in the style of leadership, which would be well focused and characterised by a distinctive sense of purpose and direction.
Muhammad, who said he was speaking the minds of the people, noted that the timing of the posters, which is coming just a â€œday to Valentineâ€™s Day festivities was meant to ginger, sensitise and sell the candidature of Kaura Bauchi to the people, particularly couples, families and youths in Bauchi who will be celebrating the occasion outside their homes as they go out with their loved ones, they will see the posters, and join us in throwing their weights behind him for the 2015 governorship race.â€
The coordinator described the FCT Minister as â€œa steely man of his own conviction, a leader with few words and robust action. So far, in his actions and programmes, he has been largely guided by the words of the American Republican statesman and 26th President of the US (1901-1909), Theodore Roosevelt that if you want to go far, you should speak softly and act decisively.â€
He said, â€œWe want him to replicate those landmark achievements he has recorded in the FCT in Bauchi because upon his assumption of duty as the FCT Minister on April 8, 2010, Distinguished Senator Bala Mohammed immediately hit the ground running in his bid to achieve results within the shortest time possible, and it is on record today that he has performed creditably well, and we are proud of him.â€
Fayemi urged him to ensure that the police conduct themselves in a manner devoid of partisanship so that the processes leading to the election will make the will of the people prevail.
“I am happy you have promised to give everyone a level playing field. That’s what Ekiti people want.
â€œThey are very sensitive to federal might I must say, and to orders from Abuja, and to being handled at the behest of what is coming from quarters that are unknown to them.
â€œSo, whatever must be done in managing the affairs of security in the state from your perspective, I want you to stick to what you have said that you would do it in accordance with all of what us contained in the constitution, police acts, other regulations that may be applicable to crime and criminality.
â€œOur people are looking forward to robust campaign but they are a little worried that there might be people who have the tendencies to manufacture crime and criminality and then blame it on others.
” What is absolutely necessary for us and which I will plead with you to do is ensure that all of the processes leading up to the election and the election itself is handled in a manner that is devoid of partisanship on the part of the police.
â€œI believe you can live up to the professional expectations that is there. You started your career in this area and you know us fairly well. So you will know the sensitivity of our people. Since you served during the Omoboriowo era, you will know the tendency of the politics of our people”, he said.
On the upsurge of kidnapping, the Governor urged the CP to work with other security agencies to nip it in the bud so that the relative peace being enjoyed in the state is not thwarted by people who have aims of causing chaos.