There was wild jubilation by residents of Bauchi on Monday night as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the governorship candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Bala Muhammed, the winner of the gubernatorial race in the state.
The residents thronged major highways in the state capital, chanting ‘Sai Kaura’ (Bala Muhammed), eulogising the governors-elect.
Also on display were musical instruments such as drums, flutes, trumpets and saxophones, just as the celebrants danced to tunes of blaring music.
One of the celebrants, Miss Aisha Usman, said they were celebrating the outcome of the final result as declared by INEC, adding that God had answered their prayers.
“We are celebrating the outcome of the results of the election as INEC has finally declared the man of the people, Sen. Bala Muhammed, the winner of the governorship race.
“This is what we have been praying for and God has answered the prayers of the masses,” she said.
Another celebrant, Miss Abigail Haruna, said the governor-elect was a good man, with high spirit of patriotism, hence, their unwavering support for him.
She expressed optimism that the the new governor would not disappoint the people of the state.
Also speaking on Muhammed’s victory, Mr Ismail Raji said the people of Bauchi had voted for the change they desired, adding that the effort had yielded dividend.
“I am very happy that I am witnessing today the change we wanted has been actualized.
“I thank God that the final result favoured the Peoples’ Democratic Party and Senator Bala Muhammed in particular; Bala Muhammed is the change we wanted in Bauchi state,” Raji said.
Some motorcyclists also filled the streets of the metropolis, displaying various riding skills to celebrate the victory.
Sen. Bala Muhammed of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 515,113 votes to defeat the incumbent governor, Muhammed Abubakar, who garnered 500,625 votes.