Bauchi Senator Haliru Jika wins NNPP guber ticket after APC exit
Senator Haliru Jika has been named the New Nigeria People’s Party’s (NNPP) gubernatorial candidate for Bauchi State.
Jika is the senatorial representative for the Bauchi Central district.
When Yusuf Ibrahim withdrew after being elected as the party’s flagbearer, he won without any opposition.
Jika was unanimously approved by 630 delegates on Thursday in a voice vote.
Yusuf Kofar-Mata, the chairman of the election committee, stated that following Ibrahim’s withdrawal, a new primary was held by the NNPP.
“Since Sen. Jika is now the only aspirant in the race, I hereby affirm him as the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP in Bauchi State”, he said.
Officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were present at the election.
Jika, a former House of Representatives member and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, thanked the delegates.
“What is about to happen in Bauchi State is what we have laid the foundation of today.
“It is a revolution, a generational change, agitation for youths and women that is about to take place”, he noted.
Jika dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) in June via a letter to the chairman of Kafin Madaki Ward, Ganjuwa Local Government Area.
The Senator explained that he took the decision after his supporters pressured him to do so.