Ex Yobe Governor, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim has denied conceding his ambition for the Yobe East Senatorial seat to governor Ibrahim Gaidam and insisted on direct primaries for the 2019 general elections.
Reacting to an online publication credited to Daily Posts, saying that he had conceded to the incumbent governor, Bukar said he remain resolute in defending his seat.
He he said the publication is false and misleading. “We will slug it out at the primary eleclections”.
Bukar said : “Free, fair and transparent direct primaries is the only way to deepen internal democracy in our great party the APC. It’s a democracy.
“Direct primaries is an inclusive way of deciding who flies the party flag with all bona fide members of the party having a chance to make their choice. It gives meaning to membership of the party as followers are included in taking vital decision like who represent their party in the general elections”.
“Making contests open and transparent, everybody having a say, as in direct primaries, is a true expression of democratic values which the APC strives to uphold, ” he said.
According to Sen. Bukar Ibrahim “It’s amusing that some people think my tenure in the National Assembly is not eventful. ”
“I have scored 90 percent attendance plenary and immensely contributed to bills, motions, committee works, oversight functions and other matters of urgent national importance in the Senate.
“My constituency projects are well documented for posterity. Since 2007, I devoted my entire constituency development funds allocation for the three most critical areas impacting on rural dwellers; water, education and health. Over the years, I have constructed boreholes, skill acquisition centers, classrooms blocks, health centers, and even solar powered lightings, according to what the communities tell me they want”.
“I have developed empowerment programmes across the 7LGAs in Yobe East. The people are intimately aware of and benefiting from them. It is only those who are afraid of the people that tell lies that I have done nothing, but the people know the truth”.
“As the Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change I have intervened in the provision of over 1.2 billion for the ongoing Accelerated Damaturu Drainages and Flood Controls Project to tackle the notorious and perennial cases of flooding in and around Damaturu, the State Capital to mention just a few”.
“It is for this reason the people of Yobe East reposed great confidence on me, will continue to vote for me again and again to represent them in the Senate, I have not disappointed them, so I am still in the race no more no less”, he explained.