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My husband will be Bauchi’s next governor – Humanitarian minister

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Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, has expressed optimism that Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.), will emerge Bauchi state governor in 2023.

Abubakar tied the knot with Farouq in 2020.

She made the statement on Saturday while serenading her husband at an event at International Conference Centre in Abuja.

Farouq described the former Air Vice Marshal as the best brother, husband and governor anybody can ever pray to have.

She said; “Sadique is the best brother, father and husband. I have no doubt that he will be the next and best governor of Bauchi State Insha Allah.”

He is running for the seat of governor on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

A civil society organisation, Accountability and Democratic Project, recently called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to disqualify him from the race for allegedly ‘withholding information.’

In a letter addressed to INEC chairman, Mahmud Yakubu, and dated August 15, Abubakar was alleged to have submitted incomplete information to the commission in disregard of the Electoral Act 2022.

But he dismissed the speculation at the event, saying he was not bothered and won’t be distracted in his desire to add values to the lives of his people.

He said; “As you know, 2022 is a year of intense political activities, our credentials have already made huge impacts on some politicians, leading them to embark on desperate move to counter whatever we are set to achieve in the interest of our people.

“We are not bothered because we remain focused. Our intentions are noble and we will not be distracted in our desires to add values to our society.”

On the accolades he received at the ceremony, the former security chief appreciated his wife, friends and former bosses who trooped out for the occasion.

He said, “We must collective work to reopen the gates of schools to students that have been denied opportunity to attend one. In Bauchi State alone, we have 1.4m out-of-school children.

“Similarly, we have 1, 549 women who died for every 100,000 births in Bauchi. These statistics are very frightening. But I will continue to put in my best for my people and the State after spending over 42 years of service in the Air Force.

“It is a call I cannot refuse in the light of the present state of affairs in the state, in particular, and the state in general.

“My family and I are deeply touched by the interest you have shown in my modest achievements as Chief of Air Staff of the Nigerian Air Force and also as an ambassador of the Republic of Chad.”

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