Although local government election in Bauchi state has not been conducted in the past 11 years, it is not something new to the electorate. This forthcoming one being the fourth to be conducted since the return to democracy in 1999 will take the state by surprise, looking at the formidable and awe-inspiring political parties and candidates that have since joined the race.
The election is slated for October 17, 2020, in all the LGAs across the state under the watchdog of BASIEC and some committees to ensure free, fair and credible election.
It could be recalled that before Governor Bala Mohammed’s assumption in office, he made a promise during his electioneering campaign that he would conduct LG elections when given the mandate. With luck and prayers, he became the Governor in the 2019 election, having defeated his predecessor.
The election would have been conducted since, but the novel coronavirus that ravaging the world made it compulsory to be shifted. Lucky enough it will be held next week.
As we all know, Bauchi is a state with an unending political saga. Since the declaration by the state government to conduct this election, politics has grown wings in the state among contestants, parties, technocrats and political gladiators.
But the most interesting part is the fact that Governor Bala Mohammed has given a level playing ground to all political parties; the major ones are the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The fact that the state governor proved to be disinterested in the forthcoming elections by not acting in any way to exert influence in the process, is so surprising. Nonetheless, it’s a clear giveaway that the governor is confident of the dividends of democracy he is bringing to his people, giant stride and commitment in and outside Bauchi state.
It’s, therefore, obvious that the election will be a kind of assessment by the state’s citizens of the performance of Governor Bala Mohammed; if the citizens are satisfied with the leadership style of the governor they will troop out and vote for his party, the PDP, or else, otherwise will happen. But, hopefully, the relentless efforts of the governor will pay-off.
Sulaiman Maijama’a, Faculty of Communication, BUK[email protected]