Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, has declared that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will not struggle to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State in 2023.
The Ambassador made the declaration while fielding questions from journalists in Bauchi, submitting that the poor performance of the PDP government in the state in the last two years would made it an easy ride for APC to bounce back to power.
According to him, to successfully wrestle power from the current government in the state, APC stakeholders from the state based in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, ought to do the needful, particularly play grassroots politics.
“The APC will not require much efforts to wrestle power from the PDP in Bauchi State given the fact that the party has performed below the expectation of the people, which the APC can deliver due to its antecedents in the state.
“It now behooves on the APC stakeholders in Abuja from Bauchi State to do the needful in line with the true principles of the party, particularly at the grassroots level.
“We have to go back to the basics by doing what made the party succeed in the past, which is grassroot politics,” Tuggar said.
He submitted that playing grassroot politics would ensure that the people of the state feel direct impact of governance, adding that the electorates ought to really know that APC is a progressive party.
“Grassroot politics is geared towards ensuring fairness and equity in all electoral processes and ensuring internal democracy. This will make sure that the people are feeling the impact of governance directly.
“It is incumbent on us who are at the centre of the APC government to do the needful for people to know that APC is truly a progressive party,” he said.
Speaking on the party’s local government congresses held last Saturday, Tuggar expressed satisfaction over the process and smooth conduct of the exercise during which party officials emerge in Gamawa Local Government Area of State.
He disclosed that the large turnout of party members for the congress in the area was as a result of the transparency of the process of the election
“The crowd in Gamawa was very massive. It was like a general election and it went very well. All the 11 federal wards were represented. It was done under the supervision of INEC, the police and other security agencies.
“People were generally happy with the outcome because there was a change of leadership in the local government which might not necessarily be what went on in other local governments of the state,” the Ambassador said.
He said that the change was effected due to some of the setbacks the party suffered in the last general elections in the state.
Tuggar added that necessary measures were taken to avert a recurrence of what happened to the party’s member representing Gamawa Constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly
“In my local government area in particular, the state House of Assembly member who defected in the first place from PDP to APC, left APC to go back to PDP. This was part of the reasons that informed the desire of the party to have some changes in the party leadership,” he explained.
On the consensus method through which party officials emerged at the congress, Tuggar said it was recognised by APC constitution, adding that there was no rancour among stakeholders of the party in Gamawa Local Government Area over the adoption of consensus.
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