2019: Mixed Reactions Trails Badaru’s Endorsement

By: Isa Ahmad
JIGAWA, North-West, Nigeria – Mixed reactions have trailed the recent endorsement of Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar for a second term by members of the State House of Assembly, especially from oppositions within his party, the All Progressives Congress Party, ((APC).

A chieftain of the party, Honorable Nasir Dantiye is among personalities that criticized the move, saying it violate the constitution, as the state assembly is meant to make laws and not for politicking.
He reminded the House members of their civic responsibilities in making laws that will better the lots of the electorate; challengging them to enumerate the number of established bills passed into law that has direct bearing on the people.
“Our assembly men were elected to protect the interest of the masses that elected them and not to be perceived by selfish sentiment in turning the legislative house into an avenue for politicking one’s personal interest.

”However I wasn’t surprised by this action since most of the thirty assembly members are nothing more than ‘a rubber stamp’ to Governor Badaru. As the one who sponsored their emergence as assembly members, therefore you don’t expect them going confrontational with the Governor at all times even if he goes contrary to the provision of the laws of the land,” he said.

Dantiye who is a former Federal lawmaker, representing Garki Babura Federal Constituency under the defunct All Nigeria’s Peoples Party, (ANPP) lamented the way and manner Governor Badaru is handling the APC
against the popular will of the people.
He maintained that the APC has continued from where PDP stopped by imposing candidates on electorate during the just concluded Ward, Local Government and the State Congresses, a situation which he said clearly indicates that the party has derailed from its initial slogan of ‘equity and social justice’.
Similarly, other members of the ruling party in the state who spoke to Daily News Precise, are Mallam Ibrahim Garki and Saidu Buji, who both lamented the poor outings recorded by Governor Badaru for the past three years.
“Honestly we doubt casting our votes the second time for Governor Badaru, since he had performed below expectations,” they stated.
A member of the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Aminu Kasti, said he was baffled by the action of the lawmakers, saying Governor Badaru has nothing on ground to show as achievements in the last three years

.

He added that the Governor has only succeeded in distorting all inherited government institutions reinvigorated by the PDP led administration of former governor, Sule Lamido
He queried the said projects executed by the APC led government of Gov Badaru in Jigawa state to warrant him seek for a second term after failing to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the masses.
According to him, the numerous collapsed government institutions, bastadization of the educational and Health sectors, couple with decadence in the State Civil Service which the past administration reinvigorated.

Others he said include the collapse of Agricultural sector where farmers are denied timely access to fertilizers at affordable prices, soft loan facilities for rainy and irrigation farmers across the state despite government’s pronouncement over a new methodology of agricultural transformation under the tenet of anchor borrowers.

However, in a sharp reaction, the Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, Honorable Isa Gwaram, said their action is a right decision taken at the right time due to Governor’s tremendous successes in transforming the state in the last three years, through various intervention.

“Our decision to give Governor Badaru the mandate for second term was informed by his enthusiastic approach to steering the leadership of Jigawa State most peacefully and above all his commitments in transparent leadership.

“Members of the State House of Assembly were convinced of Governor Badaru’s transparency in governance through probity and accountability in managing public resources with decorum, dedication and transparency,” he said.

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