Yuguda, deputy split over Jonathan, IBB

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    Yuguda, deputy split over Jonathan, IBB

    Politics Nov 3, 2010

    By Suzan Edeh
    It was a simple campaign visit as has been carried to many other states of the federation by presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

    However, the visit to Bauchi by erstwhile Military President of the country, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.) is still raising dust over the endorsement given to his ambition by Gov. Isa Yuguda’s deputy, Alhaji Babayo Garba Gamawa.

    Given the conservative political leaning of Bauchi State it was until recently generally believed that the State would be a hard nut for the Goodluck Jonathan campaign. Bauchi it would be recalled was grabbed from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) during the last gubernatorial election in 2007.

    Indeed the State defied the bandwagon effect that the PDP instigated in most of the country. Indeed instead of consolidating its hold, the State fell into the hands of the opposition ANPP.

    The swing to ANPP was largely attributed to the influence of the party’s 2007 presidential candidate, Maj_Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) who was seen as the Northern, nay Nigerian antidote to the Olusegun Obasanjo political hegemony over the country.

    Yuguda and Gadi

    Remarkably, two years in office Yuguda decamped from the ANPP to the PDP, the very party he championed an assault on during the last election.

    The political sensitivity of the North_Eastern State was equally raised after the governor married a daughter of the immediate past President, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. Upon the illness that befell Yar’Adua at the end of last year, Yuguda became one of those mentioned as members of the cabal that sought to foist a sick President on the country.

    With the death of President Yar‘Adua Governor Yuguda restrategised and positioned himself firmly in the Jonathan camp.

    It was as such not a surprise that Yuguda was named the Northeast coordinator for the Jonathan campaign.

    As such given the inclinations of the Governor it became a surprise when Babangida was endorsed for the presidency by Yuguda’s deputy, Gamawa when the IBB campaign touched ground in Bauchi on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

    Yuguda was reportedly not in town when Babaginda came calling and hence the duty of receiving the former Head of State fell on his deputy, Gamawa.

    Receiving him, Gamawa said: “The name IBB in this country needs no introduction because you have done a lot for the good of the country. Every nook and cranny of the country has felt your positive impact as the only Military President who worked with elected representatives of the people which has made you to know the value of democracy.â€
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    Gov= GEJ
    Dep. Gov= IBB
    State= ''In serious danger''


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