The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has reacted to the declaration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), candidate, Sen. Bala Mohammed as the winner of the governorship election in the State.
Mohammed defeated incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar of the All Progressive Congress, (APC).
The pending result of Tafawa Balewa was regenerated, collated and announced at the INEC headquarters on Monday night.
Announcing the result, the new collation officer of Tafawa Balewa Local government area, Dr Musa Dahiru of the Federal University Kashere, said that PDP polled 39,225 votes, as against 30, 055 votes scored by the All Progressive Congress, APC and incumbent Governor Muhammed Abubakar.
Dogara, reacting, in a statement, described the victory of PDP as a liberation of the people from ‘Forces of darkness”.
Condemning Abubakar’s administration, Dogara said the victory of PDP will ‘salvage Bauchi state from hunger, poverty and underdevelopment’
The statement read: “The victory of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi state is the crowning of the struggle for the emancipation and liberation of our people from the forces of darkness, evil and retrogression that have held the state captive and hostage for over a decade.
“Indeed, Bauchi and it’s people have never been this challenged throughout our contemporary history. An oppressor class led mainly by people from without have chained our dear impoverished people to servitude, underdevelopment and penury. In their unlettered arrogance, they have taken Bauchi people for granted to the point that they believe the patience of an oppressed people will last forever. They, therefore, sought to perpetuate themselves in office again for another four years through this elections just to continue feeding their greed and perfidy.
“Historically, Bauchi people are known to be brave and politically savvy. They saw through the charade and decided this is the time to break away from the curse that has afflicted us thus far. By our collective resolve and by the results of this election, we have once again demonstrated to the world that no man made chains can bind us to servitude. The chains have come undone sending a clear message that Bauchi will never bend its back again for an oppressor to ride.
“Today’s victory is ours. Today’s victory speaks to a better and brighter future for ourselves, our children and generations yet unborn.
“We have proven that working together, there is no challenge that we cannot overcome as a people. I understand as we all celebrate this victory because it came at a coast so many of us were willing to pay in order to salvage our state from the precipice. But we cannot tarry long on this mountain of celebrations as what today’s victory demands of us is to go to work immediately.
We cannot go to sleep while over 1.3 million of our children are roaming the streets without access to education; while our hospitals do not qualify as consulting clinics; while hundreds and thousands of our children and youths have no jobs, retirees have no pensions and gratuities; while the entire Local Government system in the state has collapsed and while billions of our resources are being looted using ghost workers and other fraudulent means.
The work of rebuilding Bauchi begins now and we must never, ever allow our beloved state to fall into the hands of greedy, wicked, heartless, profane and godless people whose only God is their stomach.
“Bauchi people have decided that Sen Bala A. Mohammed (Kauran Bauchi) and Sen Baba Tela will lead us to recovery and progress in the next four years. This is a trust freely given by the broken and oppressed Bauchi people. I am happy of the rich pedigree they bring to the table. I am sure the way Bauchi people rejected the kleptomaniac government of Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar is enough lesson. We will support you with all we can as we look forward to an immediate positive impact in your first 100 days in office.
“On behalf my family and all well-wishers, I congratulate both our Governor- elect and Deputy Governor-elect, Bauchi people, Wazirin Bauchi, our Father, Alh Bello Kirfi and all those who sacrificed so much to make this victory possible.”