Hours after the smooth conduct of the election debate for Gubernatorial candidates in Bauchi on Wednesday, the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) has tendered apologies to the Organizers and the people of Bauchi state over the inability of its candidate, Hon. Halliru Dauda Jika to attend the event.
The party, while regretting the absence of the Guber candidate, blamed it on the communication gap.
“Unfortunately, an unintended communication gap occurred as he was caught up in the “cobweb of role conflict”, the NNPP said in a press release dated 25th January 2023.
Signed by the Director Media and Publicity, Dokaji Campaign Council, Comrade Haruna Muhammad, the press release which explained that the development is closely associated with the Governorship candidate’s position in the Senate, added that there was a delay in communicating the invitation to the debate.
“When he received the invitation, he had already made a commitment to attend another function of an overriding national importance”, the Director of Publicity said.
“That, in view of this vital function, the Distinguished Senator expresses remorseful regrets for the inconveniences his absence might have caused to his millions of supporters, both within and outside the state”, he said.
The press release noted that, as advocates of democracy and good governance, NNPP had been eagerly looking forward to the arrival of Wednesday 25th January 2023, the date set aside for the Bauchi State Gubernatorial Election Debate.
Comrade Haruna Muhammad further maintained that the party was quite aware of the level of preparedness of its candidate, Senator Halliru Dauda Jika in terms of powerful arguments for his competence.
While describing their candidate as equal to none among other candidates in terms of commitments to democracy, the NNPP boasted that, apart from Jika, none of the candidates has an adequate blueprint and complete readiness to deliver and positively transform the state.
The press release which said there are really only two Gubernatorial Candidates in Bauchi with Dokaji inclusive stressed that others include incompetent democrats, and urged the electorates to note that the present Bauchi State requires a leader who is competent and willing to deliver.
“None of the candidates, but Dokaji has both qualities”, the Director of Publicity said.
The NNPP called on all the teaming electorates to rally around their candidates seeking different elective positions and vote for them en mass in the upcoming general elections.
Comrade Muhammad said, voting Hon. Jika into power is the greatest service the electorates in Bauchi can offer to the state.
He informed that the Gubernatorial candidate will conduct a live program on FRCN, (Globe FM) Bauchi, Albarka FM Bauchi, BRC Bauchi, and another sister Community FM Stations and NTA Bauchi.
According to him, the program will be held from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday 26th January 2023 to interact with the electorates.
He said those in the Katagum zone can hook up with Horizon, Andaza-Jigawa, Sawaba, and Freedom, among others.