‘We Will Work Against Your Political Interest If You Decline Vying For President’, Group Dares Governor Bala
The Northern Youths Leaders Forum has appealed to Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state to contest for President in 2023 or have his future political interest rejected by the group.
The National President of the Forum, Comrade Eliot Afiyo who spoke on behalf of the Forum during a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Banquet Hall of the Government House on Wednesday said they will work against Governor Bala’s political interest if he declines their endorsement to contest for President in 2023.
Comrade Afiyo said that the group comprising of 42 northern sub-groups have saddled on itself, the responsibility of shortlisting, investigating, screening, and endorsing credible candidates for every presidential election by her patrons since 1999 till date.
Afiyo said that one of the objectives of the forum is the political interest of the north, especially in a democratic dispensation, adding that the forum was saddled with the task by its patron since 1998 and has remained faithful despite threats, intimidations, and inducement.
According to him, the forum reached the decision to endorse Bala as its 2023 preferred presidential candidate during its 27th delegate conference in Yola, adding that 27 prominent Nigerians were shortlisted for screening by its political Committee headed by Doctor Sani Musa as its Zonal coordinator Southeast during its NEC meeting in Gombe state.
Comrade Afiyo while stating that the forum took an interest in Governor Bala Mohammed when he defeated a sitting Governor in the 2007 senatorial election, maintained that since then, the forum’s intelligence committee resolved to give the Governor a close watch to notice the best in him.
“His Excellency’s boldness and an overwhelming passion for truth and justice, which came to public notice when he displayed against all odds in the senate by introducing the doctrine of necessity which brought peace, order, and tranquility in the nation gives us assurance that one day, a desired and respected president will emerge to take us across the red sea”, he said
He said Governor Bala Mohammed’s performances as the minister of F.C.T and his two years of leadership in Bauchi State is indeed a magic wand that settled and established their hearts as well as the majority of Nigerians that the Governor will take the country to its promised land.
Responding, the State Governor, Bala Mohammed said his endorsement by the forum to run as a presidential candidate in the 2023 general election is not only a great honour to him but to the people of Bauchi State and all upcoming politicians in Northern Nigeria.
According to Governor Bala, the leadership recruitment by the forum is worthy of emulation, adding that, “I have never induced this group with one Kobo, and I was hearing it as a fairy tale”.
Governor Bala who expressed delight over the endorsement, described himself as a fulfilled person, pointing out that he has suffered enough of abuses, lies, and destruction of his character due to the perception by some people that he may go somewhere.
“And you are trying to pull me to that level that I will be shot with political mischief and treachery. I am not yet ready for that, I am fulfilled and that is why when I came to Bauchi. I came with the fire and the zeal to make sure I perform”, the Governor said.
Bala Mohammed thanked the Forum for finding him worthy for the task ahead, pleading with the forum to give him two weeks to enable him to consult widely before taking the next step.
In his vote of thanks, the Chairman of the Bauchi state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam assured the Governor of the party’s total support.