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.

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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  • Kabir Bala Indabo

    Since the return to this dispensation it is now only now that Bauchi state will get a befitting governor, I am wishing you all the best in your endeavours my Doctor. May almighty bless Bauchi with you as a governor amen.

  • Salisu Babba

    This is great opportunity for Bauchi Citizens and the North east Politics. If elected as governor, Pate will contribute alot to the development of the state and the region. A well educated but yet Simple and Trusthworsy.

    • Yakubu Tilde

      Any hope? Before now with all that he has had, what actually did Pate contribute volunterily to the good of a ccommon man ? Large CV is not sign of goodness but contributing positively with a little is what matters. I pray that he is not coming to be part of the Looting Spree of our so-called leaders in recent pass. Will Pate be as simple as the likes of Tafawa Balewa and Sardauna? Will he better off after quiting office than he was before entering? Will his children and associates be wealthier afterwards? Will the common man have positive impact of his leadership and say alhamdu lillahi at the en of his tenure? We are after large CV but caring mind with taqwa and accountabilty to the masses and Almighty Allah. Non of the contenders for now have shown these qualifications because their antecedents have not be so bright. We are still awaiting for Mr. Right insha Allah!!!

  • emmanuel

    Babba and Indabo here sound very accurately like those Pate employed to do the internet forum campaign for him.

    It is known that your HFM are bred to loot money wherever it is found. Ot is therefore preposterous to say it is now Bauchi would have a befitting Governor – hmmm? Afterall, Yuguda was an ex- Banker.

  • Ayyuba Ibrahim

    This is good news for Bauchi people, I wish the prof. Success in all his endevours

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Give us your antecedents. What did you do when you were a health minister? Quantify your achievements there; tell us how your activities reduced morbidity, mortality rate of Nigerians. Tell us how your activities increased access to healthcare and its improvement. People don’t just come from the blue and begin to make empty promises of providing ‘one million’ jobs in a state!