After presidential primaries disappointment, Bauchi Gov picks PDP guber ticket



Agency Report

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has won the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) re-scheduled governorship primary election in the state.

The Returning Officer and Chairman, Governorship Primary Election Committee, Murtala Damagum, announced Mr Mohammed’s victory at the end of the exercise held on Saturday in Bauchi.

He said that Mr Mohammed as the sole contestant in the election polled 646 votes.

Mr Damagum said that 650 out of the total 656 delegates were accredited, while 646 votes were cast, adding that the election was free and fair.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rescheduled governorship primaries came after the voluntary withdrawal of Ibrahim Kashim, who won the May 28 election in the state.

Mr Kashim, who was the Secretary to the State Government, resigned his position, joined the PDP governorship race, and polled 655 votes to emerge its flag bearer while Mr Mohammed sought the presidential ticket of the party.

Following the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as PDP’s presidential candidate, the governor returned to the state to seek re-election for a second term in the 2023 general elections.

The party subsequently fixed June 4 for a fresh governorship primary election with Mr Mohammed as the sole candidate.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Mohammed appreciated the party and the delegates for the smooth conduct of the exercise.

He said the party would sweep polls in the upcoming general elections, adding that, “we have impacted positively through the provision of infrastructure and good governance in the last three years of our administration.

“Politics is a nice game, we will continue to play politics with decency, decorum, and not a do-or-die affair,” he said. (NAN)

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