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OPINION: Bwacha, the career lawmaker seeking to occupy Jalingo Government House


Writer, Ibrahim Gaddafi Tanko pens a profile on Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, traces the political career of the Taraba lawmaker and highlights largely unknown facts about his voyage thus far

At a recent event heralding Senator Emmanuel Bwacha‘s formal return to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari described the lawmaker as a career politician who has virtually been in the corridors of power (mostly in legislative institutions) since the country’s return to democracy in 1999.

Bwacha was first elected to represent Donga State Constituency in the Taraba State House of Assembly in 1999 under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) where he emerged as Majority Leader of the House.

His stay in the house was short-lived as he was lured to resign to join the Taraba State Executive Council as Commissioner of Agriculture. A development some political watchers described as a move to tame his then-growing political influence.

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In the build-up to the 2003 general elections, Bwacha resigned from government to contest for the seat of the member representing Donga, Takum, Ussa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

He won the election and went on to chair the House Committee on Police Affairs and subsequently hit the national limelight after he was slapped by a female colleague, Iquo Minima for allegedly making uncomplimentary remarks against her.

Bwacha’s political career suffered a major setback in 2007 when he sought to represent Taraba South Senatorial District in the Senate. He would however be defeated in the PDP primaries by Senator Joel Danlami Ikenya in a hotly-contested race that led to the Court of Appeal in Jos, all ending in Ikenya’s favour.

The Law Graduate from the University of Jos made a political comeback to the National Assembly in 2011 representing Taraba South Senatorial District in the Senate, where he has been very instrumental in attracting federal presence to his District becoming Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate in 2015 and 2019 until his resignation to join the APC.

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However, Senator Bwacha’s political career is one that has been dogged by controversy, particularly during the ill-fated air crash involving former Governor Danbaba Suntai. He launched a campaign of attrition against former Acting Governor, Garba Umar (UTC) for what he described as inordinate ambition on his part to inherit Governor Suntai’s ‘throne’ thereby abusing his benefactor’s trust.

The lawmaker now chairing the Senate Committee on Public Procurement and seeking to govern Taraba State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is leaving no stone unturned to achieve what some political analysts describe as a lifelong ambition of governing the North-Eastern State.

A Darkhorse politically, a veteran legislatively, godly in disposition as he publicly professes at every given opportunity, his being born-again, is one politician that cannot be underestimated as he possesses the capacity to pull off incredible political feats.

The days ahead promises to be interesting.

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Gaddafi writes from Abuja and can be reached at Gaddafi_i@yahoo.com.

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