Three Governatorial contestants out of Fifteen in Bauchi
battle it out in a Debate
From Ardo A Bauchi
The Debate the first of it’s kind in Bauchi was
Organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists Bauchi Chapter, Nigeria Institute of Public Relation, NIPR The Nigeria Bar Association and the Medical Association of Nigeria were the main Organisers .
The Candidates of the three major political parties in Bauchi State namely the PDP ruling Party in the State, the APC and the PRP were the Parties contestants out of 15 that have participated in the debate where they unveiled their respective manifestos on how to move the State forward if given the mandate.
The incumbent Governor Bala Mohammed of People’s Democratic Party PDP, Air Marshal Sadiq Baba Abubakar of All Progressives Congress APC and Barr. Umar Faruq Gwadabe of People’s Redemption Party PRP were the participants.
The debate was aimed at promoting issue based politics and discouraging personality attacks through provision of a better platform for the candidates to convince electorates with their proposed policies and program.
Presenting his manifestos, the APC candidate Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar pledged to revisit what he described as lack of accessibility to education and healthcare facilities in the state if given the mandate, arguing that the incumbent government has failed to address challenges in the sectors
In his presentation, the candidate of People’s Redemption Party PRP Barr. Umar Faruq who blamed the incumbent PDP government and previous APC administration on mismanaging public funds, promised to be transparent and accountable if emerged victorious in forthcoming election.
On his part the state Governor Bala Mohammed said his administration has succeeded in executing laudable projects that have direct bearings on the lives citizens and corrected the ills of the previous APC administration.
Bala Mohammed who disagreed that a single tenure is not enough to provide all the needed development socilited for a second term to enable him consolidate the achievements recorded.
Speaking after the debate, Chairman of the occasion professor Shuaibu Musa of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi commended the candidates and their supporters for conducting themselves towards peaceful conduct of the debate.