February Polls: North-Central PDP Govs, Yuguda Pledge 100 Per Cent Votes To Jonathan

Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State yesterday promised to ensure that the people of the state voted for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming election.
Making the pledge when he received some political associations in Bauchi, the Bauchi G-20 and Bauchi Grassroots Development Initiative (BGDI), the governor said he would canvass for 100 per cent of votes for President Jonathan.
He explained that Bauchi state had been a PDP state since the return of democracy in the country in 1999, adding that he would maintain the status-quo by ensuring a clear victory for PDP at all levels.
He expressed regret over the outcome of the 2011 presidential election in which President Jonathan scored the least votes in the 36 states of the federation.
“During the 2011 presidential election, Jonathan failed in three states and Bauchi state was at the bottom of the failed list. This made me very ashamed whenever I am with the president.
“I do not want a repeat of that in next month’s election.
“I want to make it very clear that I am behind President Goodluck Jonathan in next month’s election and I am ready to work for him to ensure that he gets 100 per cent votes in Bauchi state, “Yuguda emphasised.
He advised the electorate not to be deceived by those preaching politics of religion, pointing out that Jonathan-Namadi of the PDP and Buhari-Osibanjo of APC, are all combinations Muslim and Christian tickets.
“Let no one deceive you as a Muslim that you should not vote for Jonathan because he is a Christian. Is his running mate, Namadi Sambo, not a Muslim?
“And better still, is Buhari’s running mate, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, not a Christian? So who are we deceiving?” he asked.
He blamed politicians, who in their quest for cheap votes, used religion as a tool to divide the people.
The Governor equally cautioned PDP supporters against election violence, stressing that PDP preached zero tolerance to election violence.
Earlier in her remarks, Hajiya Bahijja Mahmoud, the President of Bauchi G-20, explained that their visit was to pledge their support for Yuguda’s ambition to represent the people of Bauchi South Senatorial Zone in the Senate.
Mahmoud said the group would help in canvassing for votes for the Governor and other PDP flag- bearers in next month’s election.
“We are behind you and any candidate you support 100 per cent. Our support would be for PDP all the way, from top to bottom“, she said.
The leader of BGDI, Malam Bashir Hassan, also promised to support PDP in next month’s elections.
Meanwhile, PDP North-Central Governors at the weekend promised to deliver 100 per cent votes to ensure the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in next month’s general elections.
They made the pledge at the end of their closed door meeting with Senate President David Mark and all the PDP governorship candidates in the zone.
The governors also pledged to recapture Nasarawa and Kwara, currently under the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership.
Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State told newsmen that PDP was formed in the North-Central, adding that the zone would continue to be the pillar for the party.
“PDP was formed in the North Central zone, and therefore, North-Central Zone will continue to be PDP.

“By the Grace of the Almighty God, we are delivering all the six states in the North Central plus the FCT to President Jonathan.
“We will win all the governorship positions and all the other positions in the North-Central by the grace of God.”
On his part, Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue said the meeting was aimed at re-strategising towards achieving 100 per cent votes for President Jonathan and to ensure victory for all the PDP candidates in the zone.
“North Central zone is the pillar of the Presidential election, we want to meet and strategise as to how we can make sure that the President comes back on February 14.
“We have done that, we will be meeting from time to time to review and reassess ourselves before the elections
“We are very confident that North-Central will deliver 100 per cent to President Goodluck Jonathan”.
Governoe Aliyu Babangida of Niger said that the meeting was held essentially to devise stategy on how to recapture Nasarawa and Kwara states.
He said that stakeholders of the party would continue to meet periodically until the North-Central was completely delivered to the PDP in next month’s elections.
“North central has always been the main foundation of PDP and we want to make sure that the 2015 elections also is reflected in that way.
“We want to recapture our two states of Nassarawa and Kwara and ensure that the other four states are delivered to the PDP.
“Essentially that is what we have discussed here and then the cooperation that is needed to do that.
“We have been the pillar since 1999 to date, the pillar of the PDP and we need to meet and that is why we are meeting to make sure that we harmonise all our positions.”
Reports say that the meeting was attended by ministers, legislators, PDP governorship candidates from Niger, Nasarawa, Kwara, Benue and Plateau states as well as their respective running mates.