A Bauchi-based political group, APC Initiative for Good Governance, has on Tuesday cautioned the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk against interfering with Bauchi State politics ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The group further warned the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Minister to not make any attempt to impose a candidate against the will of the party members in Bauchi State.
This is contained in a statement issued to journalists by Nasiru Cigari, the Group Coordinator, alleging that the Minister was unnecessarily interfering in issues of politics that did not concern her.
The group advised Mrs. Faruq who is married to Saddique Baba Abubakar the gubernatorial candidate of the APC, to steer clear of State politics and not poke her nose into it.
The statement is coming a few days after Abubakar nominated Hon Shehu Aliyu Musa, the APC flag bearer for the 2023 House of Representatives of Bauchi Federal constituency as his running mate – now hunting for a replacement.
“It is no longer news that the ticket of APC House of Representatives of Bauchi Federal constituency is vacant, following the withdrawal of its standard-bearer, Hon Shehu Aliyu Musa who was nominated to serve as the running mate of Bauchi state APC gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Baba Sadique Abubakar from Giade LGA of Bauchi North Senatorial zone of the state”.
“This development necessitated the party to call for a new nomination to fill the vacant position. However, recent moves and scheming to impose the current member, (who was earlier rejected by his constituents who, even his membership of the party was in question) by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs who also doubles as Wife of the Governorship candidate stands condemned by all voices of reason”.
“To set the records straight, the Minister has no stake in the politics of Bauchi state and Bauchi LGA by extension.
The group maintained that Mrs. Faruq’s influence should be limited to the domain of her Ministry and her husband, hence allowing the party members from the constituency to choose who they want to be their ticket holder.
“With this, we are advising her to put a stop to any attempt to impose any candidate on the constituents of Bauchi Federal Constituency and concentrate on taking care of her husband and discharging her responsibilities as a Federal Cabinet Minister,” the statement read in part.