The chairman of the Senate Police Affairs Committee, Senator Haliru Jika, has emerged as the candidate for governor of the New Nigeria People’s Party in Bauchi state.

Jika, who currently represents Bauchi’s central senatorial district in the Senate, emerged unopposed following Yusuf Ibrahim’s voluntary withdrawal from the race.

NNPP election chairman Yusuf Kofar-Mata, flanked by his secretary, Mark Usman, said the party’s national headquarters had sent them to Bauchi and conduct the election.

The delegates unanimously approved Jika as a candidate in a ballot vote.

He said: “After receiving Yusuf Ibrahim’s withdrawal letter from the race, and as Senator Haliru Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby confirm him as the NNPP governor candidate in Bauchi state.

“We have 630 delegates here who have also confirmed and adopted Haliru Jika as the governor’s candidate.

“I would like to thank the INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) officials for being there to observe everything we have been doing here today.”

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Following his confirmation, Senator Jika, a former speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, expressed his gratitude to the delegates and the NNPP for the honor bestowed upon him by allowing him to fly the party’s flag at the upcoming elections.

In a short interview with journalists, Jika said: “Today’s program is in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended) and the provisions of the Electoral Law recently amended by the National Assembly and subsequently accentuated by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It is in accordance with the document that we have come here as a party to do the confirmation and the replacement.

“What is going to happen in Bauchi is what we have laid the foundation for today. It is a revolution, a generational change, agitation for young people and women that is about to take place.

“You will agree that youth and women are the backbone of any society and that we have a duty to support and mobilize them so that we can have good governance in Nigeria and Bauchi State.”

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Speaking about his plans for the youth in Bauchi state, he said, “I’ve put the whole youth in the state in perspective, and I’ve seen how governance is delivered in the state and we’ll be coming up with our blueprint shortly, a working paper that will work for the state of Bauchi.”

Jika, who lost his bid for the All Progressives Congress ticket to a former Air Force chief, Sadique Abubakar, and ditched the party to the NNPP, expressed optimism that he will become the next governor of Bauchi state.

“That starts with safety, education, heathland, tourism, mining and so on and so forth. Very soon we will reveal that plan of action to the people of Bauchi state.

“I am very sure that I will win. I’m an engineer and I calculate every risk before I take it, and this risk is worth taking, and I’m taking it,” he stated.

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