Paul Orude, Bauchi
As anxiety mounts in Bauchi State over yet to be announced results of State and National Assembly primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), an aspirant of the party, Aliyu Ibrahim Gebi, has called on Governor Mohammed Abubakar to ensure that truth and justice prevailed.
Speaking with journalists in Bauchi, on Monday, Gebi, who is aspiring to represent Bauchi Federal constituency in the National Assebly, opined that the onus now lies on Governor Abubakar as the leader of the party in the state to stand oby truth and honesty by ensuring that the voice of the people is not scuttled.
Gebi who represented the Constituency on the platform of the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) from 2011 to 2015, said: “God gave Abubakar power to become governor that is why I once said that rather than fighting the governor.
The federal legislators from Bauchi should unite with him for the development of Bauchi State.
“But I am telling you that if we are not careful this time around, as a ruling party, we will suffer the consequences like never before.
Let us not do things that will come and haunt us in the general election. If we don’t do what is right, we might lose all the seats in 2019.
“The PDP is waiting for us and if there are litigations, they could
take seats from us if we don’t do things properly and rightly. If we don’t ensure that the best are chosen by our people to represent them, it will spell doom.
“They must choose between accepting a token and electing people that will go there and give them dividends of democracy. So we must be watchful for the people aspiring to represent us.
“Most of them are concerned about their personal gains.”
The former federal legislator said he is the most popular and acceptable among those aspiring for the seat.
He said: “I have no godfather and I come from a humble background. My boast is God, I don’t have backing from any man.
“I always hold on to God and the truth. I have no doubt that I am the one that the people of Bauchi want.
“In 2015, they rejected me and I left. Now they want be back and that is why I returned.
“Till I completed my four years from 2011 to 2015, I never brought even a plot of land. Throughout my tenure I was living in a rental house.
“I never drove the cars I was entitled to as a legislator. I promised to use them to pay school fees of the underprivileged and I did.
“As far as I was concerned I saw the seat as a promise to God and my constituents. I see my serving as a legislator as a ticket to heaven.”
Gebi disclosed what he would do if elected to represent Bauchi Federal Constituency, he would contest for the position of speakership.
He explained: “I have the highest respect for Speaker Yakubu Dogara who is one of the finest legislators Nigeria has ever produced and I am proud to call him my elder brother and most senior colleague.
“But the game of politics is a game of interest. I feel the time for Bauchi Local Government to produce speaker is now. If this arrangement is maintained or even if this arrangement is not maintained, I am going to make a plea for it. I made this clear to the party and my constituency a long time ago.”