Ex- Bauchi gov Yuguda, as­so­ciates join Green Party

Daily Trust - - PROPERTY - From Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Bauchi

Aformer gover­nor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda and his sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing a one-time Na­tional Or­gan­is­ing Sec­re­tary of the PDP, Al­haji Umaru Dahiru, have joined the Green Party of Nige­ria (GPN).

Oth­ers who fol­lowed Yuguda to his new po­lit­i­cal abode in­cluded a for­mer min­is­ter, Al­haji Habibu Aliyu and his for­mer com­mis­sion­ers and cam­paign di­rec­tors across the state.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in Bauchi, yes­ter­day, Yuguda’s spokesman and for­mer Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Al­haji Sal­isu Ahmed Ba­rau, said the for­mer gover­nor an­nounced his de­ci­sion to join GPN at a meet­ing held in Jos, on Sat­ur­day.

“At that meet­ing, Malam Isa Yuguda an­nounced to the peo­ple that based on the rec­om­men­da­tions of a com­mit­tee set up to as­sess the vi­a­bil­ity of any po­lit­i­cal party that he may join, he fi­nally set­tled for the Green Party of Nige­ria,” he said.

He said the Jos meet­ing was held af­ter se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions with Yuguda’s sup­port­ers in Bauchi and other places across the coun­try.

“The se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions across the spec­trum of sup­port­ers, elders, youths, women and oth­ers gave room to what tran­spired in Jos.

“We held se­ries of meet­ings in Jos and Abuja where we came face to face with all the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. A con­sen­sus was reached which gave birth to our meet­ing in Jos yes­ter­day,” he added.

The for­mer com­mis­sioner said that Yuguda’s exit from the PDP gave rise to a lot of pol­i­tick­ing and re­align­ment with a view to find­ing a po­lit­i­cal so­lu­tion to is­sues in Nige­ria and Bauchi State in par­tic­u­lar.

It is not yet clear whether the ex-Bauchi gover­nor will vie for the pres­i­dency un­der his new po­lit­i­cal party

Yuguda as mem­ber of the PDP had served as Min­is­ter of Avi­a­tion un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo and as gover­nor for two terms also on the plat­form of the party.

He briefly left the PDP for the de­funct ANPP in the run-up to the 2007 gen­eral elec­tions af­ter he was de­nied the gov­er­nor­ship ticket of the party. Yuguda, how­ever, re­turned to the PDP shortly af­ter he was elected on the plat­form of the ANPP.

In 2015, his dream of go­ing to the Se­nate un­der the PDP was shat­tered when he was de­feated by Malam Ali Wak­ili of the APC.

Mal. Isa Yuguda

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