Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk has been advised to steer clear of Bauchi State politics.
The advice was contained in a statement by the coordinator, APC Initiative for Good Governance, Bauchi State, Nasiru Cigari, made available to DAILY POST, on Tuesday evening.
The group alleged that the Minister, who is married to the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Saddique Baba Abubakar was unnecessarily interfering on some political issues.
He said, “It is no longer a news that the ticket of APC House of Representatives of Bauchi Federal constituency is vacant, following the withdrawal of its standard bearer, Hon Shehu Aliyu Musa who was nominated to serve as the running mate of Bauchi State APC gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Baba Sadique Abubakar from Giade LGA of Bauchi North Senatorial zone of the State.
“However, recent moves and scheming to impose the current member, (who was earlier rejected by his constituents who, even his membership of the party was in question) by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs who also doubles as Wife of the Governorship candidate stands condemned by all voices of reason.
“To set the records straight, the Minister has no stake in the politics of Bauchi State and Bauchi LGA by extension. If she has any moral obligations to do so, then that should be in Shira/Giade Federal Constituency (the adopted constituency of her husband)”, the group stressed.
It added that, “conversely, her influence should be limited to the domain of her Ministry and her husband. Hence, should allow the bonafide APC faithfuls from Bauchi Federal Constituency to choose who they want to be their ticket holder.
“It will be an utter disregard to proponents of democratic practices for the Zamfara indigene Minister to attempt to poke nose in an event that doesn’t concern her .
“With this, we are advising her to put a stop to any attempt to impose any candidate on the constituents of Bauchi Federal Constituency and concentrate on taking care of her husband and discharging her responsibilities as a Federal cabinet Minister.”
According to the group, “The fact remains that Sadiya has abandoned her responsibilities of spearheading the Humanitarian and disaster crises bedeviling our country, while also diverting social programs meant for the benefit of the whole country to Bauchi State all in the name of influencing her husband’s gubernatorial ambition.
“Consequently, we will not relent on following all steps within the ambiance of the law to resist her desperate agenda.”