As the race for who becomes the nation’s president in 2023 gradually begins to gather momentum, a group under the auspices of Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Transparency and Good Governance, COCSOTRAGG, South-South zone has endorsed Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed as their candidate.
Coordinator of the group, Henry Ebikefe Nabena revealed this during a press briefing in Port Harcourt. He noted that their choice of candidate is emanating from the numerous challenges facing the country which has caused setbacks in many sectors.
He said, Bala has the needed qualities to cause the needed change in the country. He added that the country will collapse if a patriotic leader like Bala is not voted into the office, maintaining that the country is gradually drifting towards failure as a result of bad governance.
He said: “Having considered many of the political gladiators on the scene today, COCSOTRAGG is of the strong opinion that Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed (Kauran Bauchi) possesses sterling qualities to lead Nigeria come 2023 and turn around her fortunes for better if given the opportunity for the following reasons, among many others.
“1. It is a known fact that Bala Mohammed’s patriotism is not in doubt. He had amply demonstrated this in 2010 when he put party politics aside for Nigeria’s interest to prevail when he moved the “Doctrine of Necessity” Motion on the floor of the Senate which eventually paved the way for the then Vice-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to emerge acting President when the then President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was incapacitated. This Senator Mohammed did despite the fact that he belonged to the then opposition party, ANPP.
“2. His doggedness and ability to fix the numerous challenges confronting the Nation was seen in his outstanding and impeccable performance as the FCT Minister for six consecutive years, which is yet to be surpassed till date years after he left office.
“3. Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed is a detribalized Nigerian devoid of nepotism and has been able to build bridges of friendship and unity across the country over the years. His appointments as FCT Minister reflected his detribalization with people from every parts of the country given the opportunity to serve their Fatherland. As a Governor today, he still does this.
“4. We are of the strong view that age is on his side and he is a politician without extra baggage, competent transparent and immensely resourceful. He equally possesses the political sagacity and will to not only confront but also successfully tackle the problems bedevilling the country today. As a sitting Governor, Senator Mohammed is currently demonstrating this in Bauchi State where he has been able to bring developmental progress to the state and making it the most peaceful state in the North-East despite the zone being the hotbed of insurgency in Nigeria today.”
He added that COCSOTRAGG in South-South zone is of the strong belief that for the 2023 presidential election, Nigeria is in a desperate need of competent, transparent, detribalized, loyal but dogged and immensely resourceful leader with democratic credentials to steer the ship of Nation through transparency and good governance and decadence, disintegration and total collapse.
“We believe, that Senator Bala Mohammed as a proven, tested and trusted loyal public servant feats naturally into this category, hence, we are calling on him to throw his hat into the Ring. We equally support the emergence of the next President if the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the North-East geopolitical zone which is the least developed zone in the country as of today.” the Coordinator harped.