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Calm Before The Storm: Bauchi APC Speaker Defects To PDP

Rt. Hon. Abubakar Sulaiman, the Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday night (PDP).

Abubakar, who is also the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly, stated this during a Ramadan Iftar (breakfast) hosted by the State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for PDP stakeholders from the Ningi, Toro, Warji, and Dass Local Government Areas of Bauchi at the Government House in Bauchi.

The Speaker stated that his decision to defect to the PDP was motivated by Governor Mohammed’s exceptional leadership style and dedication to improving the state.

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Governor Mohammed’s development achievements, he claims, enticed him (Speaker) to defect to the state’s ruling party.


Sulaiman then praised Governor Mohammed for his “capacity to maintain a cordial working relationship between the executive branch of government and the State House of Assembly,” as he put it.

Despite party differences, the governor was able to do this, according to the Speaker, who said that the amicable connection between the two houses of government allowed for the creation and execution of people-oriented policies and programs in the State.

Governor Mohammed reacted to the news by saying that the Speaker had bestowed a wonderful honor on him.

The governor said his administration chose to embark on developmental projects across the State with a view to providing the dividends of democracy to the people of the State instead of promoting corruption by sharing government resources among a few people.

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He then solicited continuous support and collaboration with his administration, with a view to ensuring sustainable growth and development in Bauchi State.

Also speaking, the State PDP chairman, Hamza Koshe Akuyam, welcomed the speaker into the PDP, declaring that Sulaiman was one of the prominent politicians who joined the PDP.


According to him, with the PDP’s performance and ability, it would emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections in the State and the country in general.


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