A coalition of Bauchi women who support Hajiya Baheejah Mahmood Abdullahi, the Action Congress of Democrats (ACD) governorship candidate, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will have its first female governor from the state this year.
According to the coalition, led by one Fatima Umar, women and youths, who form majority of voters, had been fully mobilised to support the aspiration of Hajiya Abdullahi, and appealed to aggrieved stakeholders and people of the state to join hands to ensure the victory of the female candidate.
The coalition members who besieged the Bauchi Press Centre complex on Sunday to demonstrate their support for the candidature, said with free, fair and credible elections, the victory of their candidate would be assured.
Umar said: “People of Bauchi State severally tried male candidates who have failed them. The inability of the male governors to tackle issues affecting the state and their failure to address the socio-economic problems clearly showed that the males have failed to do the job.
“You will believe that Baheejah, our candidate, stands the chance to win the elections than the male dominated candidates because she has been in the race from the beginning and has established all her structures on ground.”
Umar hinged Abdullahi’s candidature on the need to improve on rotten educational sector of the state, pathetic health management system, lack of portable drinking water, marginalisation of women in all sectors of the economy, bleak future for the next generation, poor information and communication system, as well as dirty and unhealthy environment of Bauchi, among others.
The coalition expressed dismay that some political parties make empty promises concerning problems which ought to have been addressed, which were actually caused by male dominated leaders due to selfish interests and bad governance.