SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for this Saturday’s Bauchi South Senatorial district bye-election, Lawal Yayaha Gumau has said he spent less than N5 million to win the party primaries held last month even as he assured his electorate that if elected as the Senator, he will positively impact on the lives of the electorate in his constituency.
Disclosing this at a press conference held at the NUJ Secretariat, Guma said he was in the National Assembly to fight injustice and provide good representation to the people.
According to him, “I do not believe in the politics of money but rather politics of positive impartation on the lives of the electorates saying I have been winning election since 2003 without buying the conscience of the electorates but rather my integrity and honesty have worked for me”.
The APC candidate who is the present member of the House of Representatives representing Toro Federal Constituency stated that the era of money politics is over in Bauchi state adding that , “some of those who used money before and during the party primaries lost the contest while I who did not induce anyone with money emerged as the candidate because am a grassroots politician who has impacted well in the lives of my people over the years.”
When asked on why he is contesting for Senate in a by-election knowing full well that if eventually elected he will have less than three months before campaign for 2019 commences, he said that in politics no time is too short to perform creditably well in an elected position, assuring that he will do his best to do justice to all the electorates in the seven LGAs that make up the Bauchi south senatorial district.
Yahaya Gumau, who reacted to the petition and show of grievances by some of the aspirants who lost the contest saying that he has been ordained to become the candidate of the APC.
The contest was free and fair and he was convinced that no matter what system of primaries was used, he was ready for it because he had campaigned well and had the support of the delegates without inducing them with any money.He added, “My ambition is to become the President of this country. I have all qualities to lead the country in the nearest future. In sha Allah, in 2023 I will aspire for the topmost elective office in the country”.
The APC Bauchi South Senatorial candidate expressed hope that he and his party the APC will emerge winner of the by-election coming this Saturday.According to him, “if at the end we lose the contest, we will support whoever wins in order to move the area forward positively.”
Yahaya Gumau commended Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar for playing politics of maturity by not showing preference for any of the twelve aspirants before and during the run up to the primaries.
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