PRP Will Change The Sta­tus Quo In Bauchi – Prof Pate

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Pro­fes­sor Mo­hammed Ali Pate Is the Peo­ples Re­demp­tion Party (PRP) gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in Bauchi State. In this In­ter­view with our re­porter, he bears his mind on the chal­lenges fac­ing the state and his plans to tackle them if elected.

have never had an op­por­tu­nity be­cause the elec­tions were never free and fair to al­low them get elected; their rep­re­sen­ta­tives get elected or get their votes counted. They sup­ported the APC in 2015 think­ing that the APC is a new party that will rep­re­sent the pro­gres­sives ide­ol­ogy of PRP and in Bauchi State, the APC has failed. Now we have re­vived the PRP and if you will find out at the grass­roots in Bauchi me­trop­o­lis and all other parts of the state, you will know that the PRP has res­onated and has aligned with the po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions of Bauchi peo­ple. Al­most 90 per cent of the peo­ple have been left out of run­ning of the governance in the state. It is lim­ited to only a hand­ful. The rest of the pop­u­la­tion has been left out, the com­mon man have been left out and that is why their chil­dren can­not go to school; they don’t get healthcare ser­vices and they are get­ting poorer by the day while their chil­dren are un­em­ployed. Those left out are the ones sup­port­ing PRP, not the usual po­lit­i­cal play­ers or the es­tab­lish­ment who of course want to main­tain the sta­tus quo. But the peo­ple have re­alised that the sta­tus quo is not work­ing. Oth­er­wise, how can you ex­plain the ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment? How can you ex­plain the ris­ing poverty in our state? How can you ex­plain the lack of ed­u­ca­tional and healthcare in­fra­struc­ture in our state? How can you even ex­plain the heap of refuse all over our neigh­bour­hoods in Bauchi? It is be­cause the sta­tus quo is not work­ing. But the few es­tab­lish­ment play­ers want to main­tain it all cost.

Peo­ple see you more of tech­no­crat than a politi­cian, be­ing a for­mer min­is­ter, a head of health agency in Nige­ria and some­body who spent most of his time out­side the coun­try. How can you con­vince Bauchi peo­ple that you come back to serve them?

I was trained as a health per­son, as a med­i­cal doc­tor and worked in the area of hu­man devel­op­ment as an ex­pert with var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions, multi-lateral in­sti­tu­tions and pri­vate en­ti­ties in Africa and other parts of the world. That is a great priv­i­lege that Al­lah has al­lowed me to en­joy over the last sev­eral years. Ten years ago, I was called to serve this coun­try and I served at the Na­tional Pri­mary Healthcare Devel­op­ment Agency as CEO and God in his mercy en­abled the pres­i­dent in 2011 to nom­i­nate me as the min­is­ter rep­re­sent­ing the North East on the ba­sis of merit not on the ba­sis of my ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics. So, I served in the fed­eral cabi­net as the min­is­ter of state for health. I also served in the eco­nomic man­age­ment team and I also served in the eco­nomic man­age­ment im­ple­men­ta­tion team. In our con­sti­tu­tion, the high­est non elec­tive po­lit­i­cal of­fice is that of a min­is­ter and I have served in that role for the pres­i­dent who ap­pointed me and I have dis­charged my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as best as I can do. So, since that ap­point­ment, I think as a po­lit­i­cal of­fice holder, I un­der­stood na­tional pol­i­tics and I un­der­stood my own state’s pol­i­tics. I have seen pol­i­tics not only here in Nige­ria but also all over the world. The rea­son for pol­i­tics is to ad­vance the so­ci­ety. But I no­ticed that, while Nige­ria is mak­ing progress in some ar­eas, in my own state of birth, the pol­i­tics that peo­ple are play­ing is not be­ing trans­lated into mean­ing­ful devel­op­ment, be­cause our youths are un­em­ployed, poverty is in­creas­ing, there­fore I can­not sit idle and say that, I am neu­tral.

I have man­aged to sus­tain good re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple even though I am not work­ing for the Bauchi State govern­ment and I have not been elected. But the re­la­tion­ships I have with the peo­ple, po­lit­i­cal asso­ciations that we had, have con­tin­ued to play a role that we par­tic­i­pate in the po­lit­i­cal process in our coun­try.

Pol­i­tics has been heav­ily mon­e­tised, and peo­ple are more in­ter­ested in pe­cu­niary gains than devel­op­ment. How can you change the per­cep­tion of the elec­torates in Bauchi State on this to get their votes?

The deep rooted cyn­i­cism that peo­ple have for pol­i­tics in Bauchi State is a de­lib­er­ate ploy by the peo­ple run­ning the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in the state to keep our peo­ple in a so­cio-eco­nomic bondage by mak­ing them poor. That is why they will not want to em­power peo­ple with ed­u­ca­tion or cre­ate em­ploy­ment for them. They will rather pre­fer the peo­ple to live in ex­treme poverty. But re­cent his­tory and the in­tro­duc­tion of the PVC has slightly bro­ken that po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. In 2015, we saw an op­po­si­tion party formed only a few years turn­ing the ap­ple cat for the rul­ing party for the pre­vi­ous 16 years. In many states, we have seen where, let’s talk about Mr Pres­i­dent him­self, how much money does he give to peo­ple to vote for him? Ev­ery­body knows that he did not steal pub­lic funds; he has main­tained his in­tegrity, and he has not given peo­ple money, but he stood for what is right. A vi­sion that does not al­low cor­rup­tion and his prom­ise and his in­tegrity made peo­ple to vote for him.

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