The candidate and his running mate displaying the manifesto supported by his wife, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk. Photo: Abubakar Bestu
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State, Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar has unveiled his manifesto anchored on empowerment, agriculture, education and security.
The event, which took place in Abuja, was graced by his former colleagues in the army and political associates who contributed financially to support his political ambition.
The unveiling of the manifesto came less than two months to the governorship election, which pits him against an incumbent governor in the state. However, friends and well-wishers assembled en masse on the day to support Ambassador Abubakar and boost his confidence ahead of the March election.
One of the dignitaries, the Attorney-general of the federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, described the governorship candidate, a former Chief of Naval Staff, as a “unique personality” with a “passion to serve”.
According to Mr Malami, the “biggest favour” the people of Bauchi State can do for themselves is to “vote massively” for the APC.
In a remark, an APC Chieftain and former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, recalled the “uncompromising stand of Admiral Baba Abubakar” when he served in Rivers during his tenure as governor.
He said Bauchi State had in the APC candidate “a man who considers his people first above self”.
A former Chief of Defense Staff, General Aboyomi Olonisakin, said as a “fine soldier”, Ambassador Abubakar was capable of replicating similar capacity for the good of Bauchi State.
In a chat with journalists, Ambassador Abubakar said the development indices in Bauchi State were “not encouraging” for the needed rapid development. It was, he added, one of the “motivating reasons” behind his decision to take a shot at the number one seat in the state.
He assured the people of the state that opportunities would be opened to reduce poverty amongst the people, which he said would naturally help to impact on insecurity, if elected.
Reporting by Abubakar Bestu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor