Former Health Minister joins Bauchi governorship race

A former Minister of State for Health, Muhammad Pate, has promised to create one million jobs by 2020 if elected the governor of Bauchi State during the 2015 general elections.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr. Pate who plans to actualise his ambition on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said all the activities he would pursue, if elected would, “feature deep youth and women participation and ensure improved management of the state fiscal spaces as well as improved investment climate for private sector participation.”

The tenure of Governor Isa Yuguda, also of the PDP, will expire in May 2015.

Among those reportedly rooting for the governorship seat are the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Bala Mohammed, a former PDP National Secretary, Musa Babayo, the Deputy Senate Leader, Abdul Ningi, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Ahmed Dandija and a serving senator, Babayo Gamawa and a former SSG, Umar Nadada.

The former minister, who is a medical doctor, had in July last year voluntarily resigned from President Jonathan’s cabinet to take up a position of professor in Duke University’s Global Health institute in the United States.

He was also to participate in a university wide Africa initiative and serve as senior adviser to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation based in Washington DC.

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Mr. Pate listed prosperity, peace and progress of the people of Bauchi State as his areas he would focus majorly during his tenure.

He further stated that he would pursue agricultural development, sports and entertainment, tourism and culture, educational transformation, health reforms and housing development.

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