A nonpartisan group and some stakeholders in Bauchi State have called on political parties in the state to zone their gubernatorial position in the upcoming 2023 elections to the North or Central Senatorial Zones of the state.
The call was made during a town hall meeting convened by a group “Zauren Mutanen Bauchi” which hosted political actors, youths and civil society activists from all the 20 local governments of the state.
The chairman of the forum Alhaji Abubakar Bili Tafawa Balewa warned that the state is at the verge of disunity and political disintegration because of the tribal sentiment and sectionalism instilled into the minds of the people along regional line by unscrupulous politicians whose bid is to ascend elective pinnacle by hook or crook.
The chairman added that since the return of democracy in 1999, Bauchi South Senatorial District has been dominating the Governorship seat without shift, while north and central zones were left barely marginalized for over 20 years along regional line.
Also speaking Alhaji Muhammad Danladi Mai Auduga (Durbin Bauchi), traced the political history of Bauchi state since Tatari Ali’s administration, saying that time has come in which the state will have a new look to get a continuous zoning arrangement plan that will cut across every region inclusive, despite sectional and regional differences in order to provide an avenue for equality, justice and fairplay.
In his remarks, former Bauchi state commissioner of Agriculture and Water Resources Honourable Ma’aji Ghali Abdulhamid welcomed the idea of power shift and zoning arrangement initiated by the forum, describing it as worthy of commendation by the good people of the state, adding that in the upcoming elections in 2023 power shift and change in governance will be assured in Bauchi state.
Various speakers at the event from across the three Bauchi senatorial zones expressed delight over what they described as a committed plan of action that will greatly come to the aid of the Bauchi people and save the masses from the political uncertainties in the hands some privileged few.