By Suzan Edeh
The immediate past governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Isa Yuguda and the erstwhile director-general of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Alhaji Ladan Salihu are headed for a showdown in this Bauchi South Senatorial bye-election this weekend.
However, the momentum entering into the contest is not with either of them as Yuguda’s successor, Governor Mohammed Abubakar is championing the election of a sitting member of the House of Representatives, Lawal Yahaya Gumua who is flying the ticket of the governor’s APC.
Yuguda who governed the state between 2007 and 2015 on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP before defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is contesting on the platform of the Green Party of Nigeria, GPN. Following his exit from office in 2015 he had defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party that won the state and the federal government but has apparently not been able to get traction in the affairs of the party.
The candidate of the APC is Lawal Yahaya Gumua, a serving member of the House of Representatives presently representing Toro Federal constituency. The Bauchi South senatorial seat became vacant when Senator Ali Wakili reportedly slumped and died in Abuja on March 17, 2018.
The election for the Bauchi South Senatorial district will involve seven local government areas of Alkaleri, Tafawa Balewa, Toro, Dass, Kirfi, Bauchi and Bogoro, constituting 75 wards. We also have 1,499 polling units and 445 voting points for the conduct of this election.
Besides Saliu who is the candidate of the PDP, others vying for the seat include Aminu Tukur, a serving member of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, representing Lere Bula who is the candidate of the Action People Party, APP, Ms Maryam Garba Bagel, a member of the State House of Assembly representing Dass state constituency (Social Democratic Party, SDP) and Barrister Hussein Umar for the New Nigeria People Party NNPP amongst others.