Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki, Bauchi State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has directed the newly sworn-in caretaker committee chairmen in the state to ensure that Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir returned elected as governor of the state for the second time in 2023.
Governor Bala had last Saturday administered the oath of office on the appointed chairmen and their deputies following the purported end of the tenure of the formerly elected council chairmen in the state.
In a period spanning over a decade, Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission, BASIEC conducted local government polls in October 2020 where PDP won all the chairmen and councilour seats in the state.
Mr Zaki on Tuesday at the end of a closed-door meeting with the chairmen, their deputies and heads of administration of the 20 local governments areas said the success of Governor Bala Mohammed at the March 2023 governorship polls remains a critical role that must be accomplished against all odds.
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He said while the chairmen are expected to run an open-door policy, on one hand, they are, on the other hand, to work with all relevant partners to ensure PDP emerged victorious at the grassroots in 2023.
“Our meeting with the Caretaker Committee Chairmen is to advise them on how to manage their Local Government Councils, we need sanity in the local government administration and therefore we want them to be with their people.
“The administration of Governor Bala Mohammed is a people’s Government and as such we are expecting the Caretaker Committee Chairmen to be our good ambassadors in their respective local government areas,” he said.
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Governor Bala Mohammed who is seeking a second term tenure of four years in 2023, is in the final six months of his first tenure of four years in office. It will end on May 29th 2023.
Bala who unseat a seating APC governor, Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar, in 2019, is confronted yet again with the daunting task of keeping the vibrant opposition candidates eying his seat at bay. On the front burner of Bala’s contenders is APC’s former Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Baba Abubakar; NNPP’s Senator Halliru Dauda Jika.