Rumble In Adamawa APC
BY ADENIYI OLUGBEMI
The simmering peace that is gradually creeping back into the Adamawa state chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, is on the verge of suffering a relapse, a situation if, not sincerely and properly manage, may send the party into perpetual comatose.
Coincidentally, the alleged clog in the wheel, whose only political credentials are failed presidential and governorship bids was also, among the crusaders, that thwarted the re-election of former Governor, Senator Jibrilla Bindow and adorn the party with the garment of opposition.
Unknown to many, the self inflicted graveyard peace hovering over the APC, has sent the ruling party in the state into back slapping, glass clicking, frenzy and champaine popping mood because the moment peace take flight from APC in a reminiscence to the pre-2019 elections era, the incumbent government will stroll back to office, effortlessly.
Where others are indecisive, frightened, waiting to be ‘called upon,’ or endorsement from godfather(s), Honourable Abdulrazak Sa’ad Namdas, is the first aspirant to throw his hat into the Adamawa gubernatorial ring. He laced his declaration with a novel idea, as he carried the gospel of his aspiration to the doorstep and obtained the grace to succeed from the who-is-who, in Adamawa politics.
Today, Namdas, a two- term lawmaker representing Ganye/Toungo/Jada/ Mayo-Belwa federal constituency, has brighten the chance of APC for a smooth return to Dougirei Government House as he had wooed back leaders of African Democratic Congress, ADC, alongside thousands of their supporters to APC.
The cohesion the party is enjoying today, is also to the credit of Honourable Abdulrazak Namdas, who singlehandedly prevailed on former executive members of the party who lost their position at the last congresses, to keep faith with the party.
It is on record that the over 100,000 votes recorded by ADC, ranked the third strongest party in Adamawa state and populated by aggrieved members who defected from the APC, in the build up to the 2019 general elections, costed APC the 2019 governorship election.
The returnees stated that their home coming was because of the belief that Namdas has what it takes to salvage the state from its current state of underdevelopment.
Former secretary of the party (ADC), Abubakar Babajo, who spoke on behalf of the returnees said, “out of the array of those trying to lead the state, only Namdas cares about the people which informed his drive to embark on massive consultation with the people.
“Politics is about give and take and Namdas is the only aspirant who approached us and ask for our support. As politicians we weighted the request and found that it is out of a genuine drive to salvage the state and we have no option other than to support it,” he said.
Babajo noted that his group also decided to endorse Namdas because of his pedigree as a grassroot politician who enjoys mass appeal.
“Apart from being a grassroot politician, Namdas is intelligent, young, vibrant and well exposed. So we believe he has the clout and the wherewithal to rescue the state,” he said.
Namdas yeoman efforts for APC to reclaim it’s lost mandate come 2023, was acknowledged by the chairman of APC in Adamawa State, Ibrahim Bilal. He applauded Namdas for wooing the defectors into the party and thanked him for the numerous contributions he has been giving towards the growth of the party.
Serving the ruling party (PDP) quit notice, the campaign coordinator of Namdas, Abdurrahman Shuaibu said, “ADC is the third strongest party in the state. If the third and the second biggest political parties fused, the future of the ruling party is at stake.”
Shuaibu emphasize that, the aspiration of Namdas has reinvigorated the party and has made it a rallying point of many stakeholders adding that with the strides being recorded, APC will surely retake its lost prize come 2023.
Unexpected of a focused opposition party determined to regain it lost mandate, and expected to put forward the best and widely acceptable candidate, a group, Central Zone Advocacy Initiative, CZAI, lately woke from it slumber with a sinister plot to jettisoned democratic best practices and, instead play up zoning sentiment.
The group, curiously named the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, his immediate predecessor, Babachir Lawal, Professor Alkasum Abbah, Sen Abubakar Girei, Dr. Idi Hong and other notable personalities to undertake the arm twisting, dirty job of power shift to Adamawa central senatorial zone.
The trio of Boss Mustapha, Babachir Lawal and Dr Idi Hong, however, took shine off the CZAI team, staying away from it inauguration.
Picking holes in CZAI Chairman, contact and mobilization committee, Usman Iya Abbas, claim that Adamawa central has never produced a Governor since the state creation in 1991, Mohammed Mayas, a chieftain of the party said, the central zone has been given several opportunities to present governorship candidates but the opportunities had been fretered away due to underlying challenges within the zone.
According to Mayas, “from 1991 to date, the central zone has produced arrays of governorship candidates such as Boss Mustapha (SDP, 1993), late Ibrahim Bapetel (AC, 2007), Markus Gundiri (ACN, 2011), Yayaji Mijinyawa (APC, 2015), who all lost elections even, in the central zone which is their base.
“The people of the southern and northern zones have always supported the central zone but the zone has always fought itself from within.
“Presently, there are about eleven governorship aspirants that have shown interest in APC. Out of these eleven, Namdas is the only one contesting from the southern zone that has nine, out of Adamawa state twenty one local governments. The zone has three House of Representatives members, eleven members of House of Assembly and over ninety political wards.
“If you look at the northern zone, two people have shown interest while the remaining eight are from the central zone. Getting to decide who among the eight aspirants to emerge a consensus candidates from the central zone, will take us four years politically.
“Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, former Adamawa state lawmaker, Wafarniyi Theman, Aisha Buhari’s brother, Modi Halilu and Dan Maje Adamawa, Ahmadu Hamman Nasara are some of the front line contenders for the plum office from the central zone.”
Mohammed Mayas, further described the clamour for power shift to Adamawa central as undemocratic and dead on arrival.
He revealed that, as a stakeholder from the zone, he was invited to a meeting but, declined to attend because he is a broadminded politician and has already settled to support the aspiration of Abdulrazak Namdas.
“I was invited to a meeting but I didn’t attend. My decision to stay away from the meeting was not borne out of disrespect rather, it is because, I have decided to wholeheartedly support the aspiration of Abdulrazak Namdas. This is after I have done my investigation and consultation and, came to conclusion that Namdas is the best aspirant to fly the APC ticket for the 2023 governorship election in Adamawa state.
“Yes, I remain a stakeholder in the central zone but Namdas that I settled for, is from the southern zone. For that I have no reason to attend any meeting that is working towards supporting another aspirant apart from Namdas, that is why I’m not a party to their plans.
“We have a spotless aspirant and we should rally around and support him to avoid the mistake of 2019. Namdas is presently a threat, whose aspiration is already causing the incumbent governor lots of nightmare. He can defeat this government that has made so many blunders already.
“We should be united in APC and look for the person that can win the 2013 governorship election for us without any baggage and, the only person that can do that for us is Abdulrazak Namdas. I assure you that there are many people from PDP that will support Namdas.”
Out of the eleven aspirants, only few near Namdas, who is currently, the Chairman, House of Representatives committee on Army political antecedents.. Namdas, who started out as a reporter at Daily Times, caught his political tooth as Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Adamawa State Council and rose to became Press Secretary to former Governor Boni Haruna. He was publisher of The VIEWER Newspaper, and coasting home to victory in his aspiration to represent Ganye constituency at the Adamawa State House of Assembly in 2011, until he was spotted like a golden fish and elevated as running mate to Engineer Markus Gundiri, Adamawa ACN governorship candidate at the 2011 general elections.
Since his election into the House of Representatives in 2015, Namdas, who is arguably the most vibrant amongst the National Assembly members representing Adamawa state, is the face of APC in the state.
Among the underlying challenges behind the failure of the central zone to secure the keys to the Government House according to Professor Alkasum Abbah, are lack of unity, cohesion and religious sentiments.
Professor Abbah, a historian and member of the CZAI pinpointed that, the region lost in the past because of its failure to come as a united block.
He noted that the zone more than the other two has potentials in terms of population and human capital needed to lead the state and call on the stakeholders to go back to the drawing board and re-strategize for them to have a headway.
Not done yet, Mohammed Mayas further accused the central zone advocacy proponents of double standard, arguing that, it amounts to hypocrisy to ask Boss Mustapha and Babachir Lawal to lead the clamour for power shift to Adamawa central knowing that Boss Mustapha was rejected by the zone when he contested to lead the state.
“I heard that they listed Boss Mustapha, Babachir David Lawal as the arrowheads that will lobby for the central zone. Boss Mustapha contested by himself and asked the central zone to vote for him, did they vote for him? Is it now that they want him to lead a group advocating for someone from the central zone? In my opinion, it is degrading to hear that Boss Mustapha and Babachir are leading this advocacy for 7 local governments.
“Boss is a leader in the entire northeast. If not that the president is from the north, I would have said that in the entire north no one has the biggest political appointment than Boss. But in the whole of the northeast now, no one is up to Boss in political appointment in governance.
“So I will say it is rather belittling to say they bring down Boss himself to come and do a seven local governments advocacy seeking for what the zone has not lacked. Had it been that the zone was denied the opportunity to produce a candidate, that is when I would have agreed with this move, but nobody has ever stopped anyone from the central zone. And like I told you, they already have seven people aspiring to be governor. If today one person is selected among them, trust me, tomorrow you will see them working at cross purposes.”
Lending their voices, the duo of mmediate past legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa, Barrister Pwamaddi Shagnah and immediate past organizing secretary, Ahmed Lawal, also called on those agitating for power shift to Adamawa central not to indulge in name dropping.
Barrister Shagnah Pwamaddi said, the inclusion of Mustapha and Babachir is not done in good faith adding that as national leaders of APC with network of friends and associates across the length and breadth of Nigeria, their role is to ensure all are carried along in the political process in line with accepted democratic norms.
According to him, “both Mustapha and Babachir are fathers to all the three senatorial districts, dropping their names in their absence in a meeting is not good for the party and, such action may reduce them to local politicians.
“What should happen in tandem with normal democratic setting is to allow every credible, qualified, sellable, electable, and resourceful candidates across the state, to favorably contest for the governorship of the state in a free, fair and transparent primaries of the party coming up soon.
“Does it mean APC should support anyone presented from the central zone, even when such person is not fit, capable, and sellable to win election? CZAI should holistically look at party interest on how a good candidate that will unseat the PDP at the 2023 elections will emerge.”
On his part, Ahmed Lawan, reiterated that, the focus of genuine and patriotic APC members should be how to produce a formidable governorship candidate without recourse to zone, religion, section, or ethnic leaning.
He called on APC stakeholders from the central zone to have a rethink on the fact that the position of SGF, in this dispensation has been under the grip of two illustrious politicians from the central zone and the other zones never raise objections because, it is all about Adamawa APC and the interest is for all people.
Lawan said, “the CZAI arm-twisting tactics will not work because, it negates the principles of internal democracy and suggest they are not good politicians but self-centered.
“The central zone currently have office of the SGF, the Minister, all the federal appointments, aides and power brokers at the villa yet, it want to produce the governor. There is need for justice, for God sake.”
Crisis Looms Taraba PDP, AS Court Restrains New Chairman From Assuming Office
The Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State Capital on Friday gave an order of interim injunction restraining Alhaji Abubakar Bawa from functioning as the state Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
Justice Bala Usman issued the order in response to the application by the erstwhile acting Chairman of the party Mr. Inuwa Bakari, challenging the recent appointment of Bawa as the state chairman of the party.
A Certified True Copy of the injunction obtained by our Correspondent in Jalingo read in part that “upon this MOTION EX-PARTE dated the 31st day of March 2023 and filed on the same date coming up before this Honourable Court praying for the following reliefs:
“AN ORDER of INTERIM INJUNCTION restraining the 2nd Defendant Abubakar Bawa from acting, carrying out functions, and parading himself as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Taraba State chapter pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“AN ORDER restraining the 1st Defendant from taking any step (s) that may negatively affect the membership right of the Plaintiff as the acting chairman of the 1st Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“AN ORDER restraining the 1 Defendant by itself or any of its organs at any level from expelling, suspending, reprimanding, censuring, fining, department from any party office and removal of the Plaintiff from office pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“AND for such further or other Order(s) as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances”.
The Injunction further read that “upon reading the affidavit in support of the Motion paper, sworn to by one Alhaji Bakari Inuwa, Male, Adult, Nigerian Citizen, of Old Pantisawa Road, Nyamusala, Jalingo, Taraba State, filed in the Registry of this Court on the 31st day of March 2023, and after hearing Chief C. C. Damba Mbanaso, Esq. of Counsel for the Plaintiff/Applicant moved in terms of the Motion paper, it is hereby ordered as follows:
“That an order of INTERIM INJUNCTION is hereby granted restraining the 2nd Defendant Abubakar Bawa from acting, carrying out functions, and parading himself as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Taraba State chapter pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“That an Order is made restraining the 1st Defendant from taking any step (s) that may negatively affect the membership right of the Plaintiff as the acting chairman of the 1st Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
“That an Order is made restraining the 1 Defendant by itself or any of its organs at any level from expelling, suspending, reprimanding, censuring, fining, debarment from any party office and removal of the Plaintiff from office pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice”.
Justice Usman, however, announced that the matter is adjourned to the 9th of May, 2023 for a hearing.
Recalled that Governor Darius Ishaku had recently appointed his Senior Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa as the state Chairman of the party, a move some people described as trying to control the party machinery even after leaving office on May 29th.
When contacted through telephone, the embattled party Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa confirmed that he was aware of the court case but did not receive any surmon.
“Frankly speaking I don’t know anything but I heard that I was taken to court but nobody bring a surmon to me, nobody call me and I did not go to the court, that is the only thing I know,” Bawa added.
When asked whether he will still go to the office on Monday, Abubakar Bawa said “I am a law-abiding citizen, so, since the court has given an order I will comply.”
Za Kuga Chanji Cikin Kwanaki Dari Na Farko A Ofis- Zababben Gwamnan Taraba, Agbu
Zababben Gwamnan Jihar Taraba, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) yace da yardan Allah zasu kawo chanji na zahiri cikin kwanaki dari na farko da za suyi a ofis.
Agbu ya sanar da hakan ne a lokacin da yake yiwa dunbin magoya bayan Jam’iyyar su ta PDP yawabin godiya jim kadan bayan ya karfi takardan shedan zaben sa daga ofishin hukumar zabe mai zaman kanta ta INEC dake Jalingo.
Kwamishinan zabe na hukumar zaben mai zaman kanta ta INEC dake Jihar Taraba, Umar Muktar Gajiram shine ya mikawa zababben Gwamnan Jihar, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) takardan shedan zaben sa a ranar laraba 29 ga watan maris na 2023 da muke ciki.
Hakanan kuma, Umar Muktar Gajiram ya mikawa suma zababbun ‘Yan Majalisan dokokin jihar ta Taraba guda 24 takardan shedan zaben su a dakin da aka gudanar da tattara sakamakon zaben Gwamnan Jihar wanda ya gudana a ranar 18 ga watan maris din dake cikin haraban hukumar zaben a garin Jalingo.
Da yake yiwa dunbin magoya bayan sa da Jam’iyyar su ta PDP yawabin godiya, zababben Gwamnan Jihar, Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) yace da yardan Allah zasu tafiyar da gwamnati ne na kowa da kowa domin hada kan al’umma, samar da zaman lafiya da ayyukan cigaba.
Batun addini, na sahun gaba wajen farraka al’umman jihar ta Taraba, toh saide kuma ga sakon da Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) ya baiwa Al’umman jihar.
“Batun addini wannan tsakanin Mutum ne da Allah, saboda haka Ina rokon ku ku taya mu da addu’a, dawan sukayi da wanda ma ba suyi ba dukkan mu daya ne, zamu sami zaman lafiya a Taraba, zamu hada kai, duk abinda gwamnati ya kamata tayi za muyi shi da yardan Allah,” inji Kanal Agbu.
Wasu daga cikin jama’an da suka dalarci taron sunyi fatan alheri da rokon iri daga sabuwar Gwamnatin mai zuwa.
Sun roki Kanal Kefas Agbu (mai ritaya) daya duba wadan da suka yi ritaya daga aikin gwamnatin jihar kuma ba’a biyasu hakkin su ba na tsawon shekaru.
Mr. Nelson Len, Uwargida Veronica Alhassan, Gimbiya Batulu Muhammed, Mr. Gideon Katabs, Alh. Musa Abdullahi Chul, da Tsohon Kakakin Majalisar dokokin jihar Taraban, Peter Abel Diah na daga cikin zababbun ‘Yan Majalisan dokokin jihar guda ashirin da hudu.
Gimbiya Batulu Muhammed daga Gashaka, da Veronica Alhassan daga Bali ta daya zasu kasance mata guda biyu cikin ‘yan Majalisar dokokin jihar kashi na goma.
God’s willing you will see changes within our 100 days in office – Taraba Governor-elect, Agbu
Taraba State Governor-elect, Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd) has pledged to transform the state within his hundred days in office.
Agbu made the promise on Wednesday while addressing a large gathering at his house shortly after he received the certificate of return from the resident Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Umar Muktar Gajiram in Jalingo.
The Governor-elect, Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd) alongside his Deputy, Alhaji Aminu Alkali while thanking the people of Taraba State for believing in them and giving them the mandate also promised to run an all-inclusive government.
“I promise you that by the grace of God, we will have unity, peace, and development.
“We will create job opportunities for the teaming unemployed youth, and by his grace, we will do everything that a government supposes to do for its citizens to make Taraba great,” Agbu assured.
According to the Governor-elect, (rtd) Col. Kefas Agbu, the issue of religion is between man and God, therefore, he urged the people of the state to embrace one another and pray for the incoming administration.
“I am also urging you whenever you see us doing something that you feel is wrong, you should please call our attention in decent manners but not with insults, and I promise you we are going to carry everyone along,” he emphasized.
Some supporters and well-wishers who spoke to SAHEL REPORTERS Comrade Mannsir Audu from Gashaka, the former PDP state Women leader, Hon. Felicia Kaletus and the Taraba State Chairman of Rescue Teachers, Comrade Sylvanus Acha prayed for the new administration of (rtd) Col. Kefas Agbu for God’s guidance, and expressed optimism that the new government will change the narrative of the state in terms of development.
“Our expectations from his administration are very high from this new administration but we are very optimistic that he will do much better,”.
However, some elected new members into the Taraba State House of Assembly Mr. Nelson Len from the Nguroje constituency, and Mrs. Veronica Alhassan from the Bali I constituency all under the platform of the people’s Democratic Party PDP, appreciated their constituents and promised them good representation.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Veronica Alhassan and Hajiya Batulu Muhammed who also won the state house of assembly seat under the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC from Gashaka will be the two female legislators among the twenty-four house of assembly members in the state.
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