Hawul/Askira-Uba: Veteran Journalist Inuwa Bwala Backs Out of House of Reps Race

I Insists on Returning All Campaign Donations

‘Yemi Aruna 

Veteran journalist, and former commissioner of information in Borno state, Inuwa Bwala, has Thursday announced the withdrawal of his aspiration for a House of Representatives seat and has offered to refund all monies donated to support his purchase of nomination form. 

Mr Bwala had indicated interest to contest the Askira-Uba, Hawul federal constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

His aspiration was welcomed by many members of his community who had offered to crowd-fund his purchase of expression of interest and nomination form to the tune of N12.2 million. 

The Humanitarian Times gathered that days to the end of the sales of nomination forms, the party’s top hierarchy approached the newspaper publisher and beseeched him to withdraw from the House of Reps ticket contest to allow a Senatorial aspirant who was also begged to step down for an incumbent Senator go for Askira-Uba, Hawul federal constituency. 

Our reporter gathered that the APC leadership in Borno pleaded with Mr Bwala to go for the Hawul state House of Assembly seat with assurances that he would be supported to ensure delegates vote him as the ticket bearer. 

Mr Bwala who expressed disappointment over the setback said would not go against the decision of the party, even as he humbly declined the offer to go for the State Assembly seat, in order not to create further ill feelings amongst other aspirants. 

His words: 

“I wish to place on record that I am overwhelmed by the support I enjoyed since I indicated an interest in contesting for a position in the House of Representatives to represent the wonderful people of Askira-Uba/Hawul Federal Constituency of Borno State,” he said. 

“I was particularly moved by the crowd that received me during my declaration of interest in Hawul. 

Of particular note are the contributions made by people to the tune of N12,253,000, to aid my campaigns and the attendant goodwill messages I received towards that quest.

“I went into the race with the solemn belief that I will lend my experiences, my exposures and my capabilities to the needed representation of our people. I also went in with the determination to make a difference in leadership by bringing developments to our area and placing Askira-Uba/Hawul Federal Constituency on the path to greatness.

“As you may be aware, there have been adjustments and realignment of forces in the contests, which necessitated changes in positions people seek to contest.

“Accordingly, I have been prevailed upon by our leaders to equally make sacrifices by adjusting my earlier position.

“As a team player, I wish to respect the views of our leaders, however painful they may seem. However, in doing so, I foresee a situation where my actions may cause further dislocations to our collective goals, as such, I wish to announce my complete withdrawal from any form of a contest for now.

“I am withdrawing from the race without any strings attached, rather ensure a rancour-free process that will consolidate our party’s hold on the polity.

“To this end, I wish to kindly request everybody who has made financial contributions to my campaigns to make available their account details for appropriate refunds. Where anyone does not wish to be refunded, I hereby pledge that the funds will be utilized in providing social infrastructure in choice locations in our area and aid the needy.

“I sincerely apologize to all those who have suffered any form of inconvenience by my actions and I seek your understanding. I plead that we take everything with equanimity, believing that God’s time is the best.

“I wish all those who are contesting for various positions the best of luck in the primary elections and subsequent general elections. And please continue to vote for our party, the APC. Thank you and God bless you.”

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