Bauchi students endorse APC guber candidate…say PDP has no concern for their plight
Bauchi State students have endorsed the candidature of Ambassador Sadique Baba Abubakar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the March 18 Governorship Election.
They explained that they decided to endorse Abubakar because the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state cares less about the concerns of students.
A former President of the National Union of Bauchi State Students (NUBASS), Comrade Farouk Toro who spoke on behalf of the students yesterday, assured that Bauchi students have now shifted their loyalty to the governorship candidature of the APC.
Speaking during a meeting in Bauchi, the students expressed optimism that, if voted as Bauchi Governor, the retired Chief of Air Staff would revamp the education sector as well rekindle the hope of the students.
Toro, who is the Director Campaign, Students’ Affairs to the APC Gubernatorial candidate, said that the aim of the gathering was to endorse Abubakar.
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“The students are gathered here to endorse the candidate of APC, Ambassador Sadique Baba Abubakar because of the good intention he has towards the educational development of Bauchi state”, he said.
“The present administration in the state does not have concern for the plights of the students due to its failure to pay scholarships, JAMB, WAEC or NECO for the students.
“So, these students decided to support Air Marshal Baba Sadique Abubakar. Just of recent, the students were told to pay N1,500 each for scratch card for scholarship but up to now, there is no payment.
“The students have become frustrated and have therefore, decided to call for this meeting to endorse the APC Governorship candidate whom they believe is going to do better for them if he wins the election”
Toro, who pointed out that there were many schools lying in dilapidated State across the 20 local government areas of the state, expressed confidence that Abubakar would bring the needed change not only in the education sector, but other sectors of the state economy.
According to him, recently, the APC Governorship candidate demonstrated his zeal of turning around the fortunes of education by paying scholarship to 220 students of Malikiyya.
“The present administration cancelled scholarship that was approved by the previous government of M.A Abubakar but due to the commitment of Air Marshal Sadique Baba Abubakar, he paid the scholarship of the 220 students of Malikiyya school”, he said.
While expressing hope that the candidate of the APC will win the upcoming Governorship election, Comrade Saleh Toro, said that the masses of Bauchi state are totally behind Abubakar’s ambition.
Toro who called on the students to come out and vote en masse for the APC Governorship candidate, assured of their total support for the APC.
Also speaking, Jamilu Alhaji Mato, the deputy Director Students Mobilization, Katagum zone said their support for the APC Governorship candidate was due to his passion for education.
Mato said before his emergence as Guber candidate of the APC Abubakar sponsored almost 500 students by paying for their NECO when the present state government stopped paying for the teaming students.
“He is passionate about education. Of recent, he paid the scholarship of almost 200 students of Malikiyya whose scholarship was declined by the state government”, Mato said.
He expressed belief that after his victory, Abubakar would lay a solid foundation for the educational development of the state, build quality educational facilities as well as recruit professional teachers to manage the various schools in the state.