The Bauchi chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has celebrated the return of the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the March 18 polls, Haliru Dauda Jika, back to the party.
Naija News recalls that Jika, who was a former member of the House of Representatives and former Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, decamped to the NNPP from the APC in 2022 to contest the governorship elections.
Last week, he visited the APC National Charman, Abdullahi Ganduje, in Abuja to communicate his intention of returning to the party.
Formally returning to the APC, Jika took back his APC membership card at Kafin Madaki ward in Ganjuwa local government in the state.
The card was presented to him by the chairman of Kafin Mafarki APC ward, Malam Ango Abdullahi.
Mafarki, while expressing his gladness upon Jika’s return to the APC, disclosed that several forces have stopped Jike from coming back, adding that his return will boost the party’s confidence.
Speaking after taking his membership card, the former NNPP governorship candidate, vowed to work with other stakeholders to make the party stronger in the state ahead of the 2027 elections.
He said: “All APC members in Bauchi State will now come together, harmonise and strategise, fuse together as one solid entity ahead of the 2027 polls so that we will emerge victorious in Bauchi State”, Jika told his supporters who were present to witness his formal return to the APC.
“This is a homecoming, this is my ward, Kafin Mafarki, it is my support base, it is my base, so I don’t expect anything short of what I’m seeing today. My return to the APC is marking the beginning of a new dawn in the party in Bauchi State.
“As I said earlier in Hausa, Bauchi has always been a revolutionary state. It is not a politicking time now, it is time for us to restrategise, come together and unite so that 2027 will be an easy ride for the APC in Bauchi state, Inda Allah.”