The incumbent Senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District in the upper chamber, Lawal Yahaya Gumau, has dumped the New Nigeria Peoples Party for the Peoples Democratic Party after failing to retain his senatorial seat.
Gumau who served as senator under the NNPP platform decamped alongside his campaign coordinators and hundreds of supporters, according to Tribune.”
His defection was announced during an interactive session with Governor Bala Mohammed at Ramat House, Bauchi on Friday.
It was gathered that the development has boosted the chances of the State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir in his reelection bid as the gubernatorial candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He has since declared his support to the governor’s reelection bid and ordered all his supporters across the Bauchi South Senatorial District to garnered their votes for Gov Mohammed and all the State Assembly Candidates of the PDP in the March 11 governorship and assembly elections in the state.
Gumau pointed out that the governor has lived up to the expectations of the people, hence the need for all and sundry to support him to succeed in his reelection bid for the execution of more developmental projects for the best interest of the state and its people.
He said, “The most important thing is not about the party, is the personality that attracted us to the party. I returned to PDP because of Kauran Bauchi who is my leader, mentor and a person who I always follow for me to succeed in politics.”
He maintained that “I joined the Governor now because I want my people to feel the impact of democracy and after through investigation, I realised that Kauran Bauchi is the best and his performance is the main reason for us to come to him.”
“My supporters should thank God that we have a reliable leader who we can trust, Governor Bala Mohammed is a kind of leader that even without asking him, he will remember that he as a duty to do things, ” he asserted.
Yahaya Gumau stated further that, “He is working not necessarily on what people asking him to do, he do what he believes is good for his people and therefore we must vote for His Excellency to enable him continue doing his good work for our dear Bauchi State.”
Responding, Bala Mohammed welcomed Senator Lawal Yahaya Gumau and all his supporters and campaign coordinators to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
The governor promised to give a free hand to contribute positively towards the victory of all the candidates of PDP in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections in the state.
He noted that his administration will be an all inclusive without any separation vowing that every settlement across the state will be touched with one development project or the other.