As the nation begins to count down to the 2019 general elections, HUSSAINI HAMMANGABDO writes that opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State may likely team up to stop the re-election bid of incumbent Governor Muhammadu Bindow.
Ahead of the next political dispensation in Adamawa State, there are strong indications the incumbent governor of Adamawa State, Muhammadu Bindow, may not find it easy to return to the Government House after the 2019 general elections.
Hence, the Bindow Support Group, which is canvassing support for his re-election, may have to redefine its political calculations and strategy to overcome forces of opposition from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar whose political body language has indicated that he has interest in another person to become the next governor of the state, and thereby seat the incumbent
The former Vice President, according to sources is frantically working towards ensuring that People Democratic Party (PDP), which he recently decamped to and was one time Vice President under its platform wins the state, as a form of strategy towards actualizing his presidential ambition next year.
Hence, allowing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to win the state again would be a great political setback for Atiku, as his opponents may use as a tool to underrate his candidature.
Atiku is believed by political pundits in the state to have all it takes to turn political fortunes in the state around, both in terms of popularity, supports and even resources to sponsor a candidate in any political party in the state and country at large.
Atiku’s concept was visibly noticed by the state chapter of the PDP which recently celebrated his return to the party as home coming and a party they say he rightly belongs to, and which he co-founded.
The coming on board of the former Vice President to the PDP is seen by supporters of the party and his loyalists as timely, as he is seen as a man with a deep pocket to support the party financially.
Chairman of the PDP in the state, Barrister A. T. Shehu, at a forum lauded his return to the party.
“We are calling especially on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who is among the founding fathers of the party not to abandon the house he helped to build.
“Let old and new stakeholders of the party join hands with us to take the party to a greater height. I urge the exco at all levels to be open-minded and accommodate everyone in the party”, he said.
The chairman also advised those wishing to run for any elective position on the platform of the party to go back to the grassroots and canvass for votes, noting that the era of god-fatherism in the party was over.
According to him, the new leadership of the party in the state and at all levels “shall not tolerate indiscipline. Therefore, any party member found to be undermining the good intention of the party would face the wrath of the party.”
Atiku having being appointed the Waziri of Adamawa by the premier ruler in the Lamido Alhaji Dr Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, is believed to have the support of traditional institutions across the state.
Another poser to Bindow’s re-election bid is the Murtala Nyako factor. This bloc of aggrieved stakeholders of the APC under the auspices of Buhari project has vowed to work vehemently against the incumbent governor, who they alleged has betrayed party leaders and stakeholders.
The group, it was gathered has remained committed to the continuity project of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo.
“It will surprise you to know that the best Governor Bindow-led administration did to party executives at the local level is to give them appointment as street cleaners”, Chairman of the group, Yahaya Hammanjulde said.
In the same vein, a former Special Adviser to the governor, Hassan Turaki, said he was relieved of his appointment to Bindow for being sighted at a rally to welcome Murtala Nyako, who visited the state in June.
Turaki said that the development showed how vindictive and petty Bindow was by trying to define who his appointees should relate with even if that person is a respected personality.
“I am 68 years-old and my relationship with Nyako started decades ago. I see no reason why Bindow should insist on deciding who I should relate with,” Turaki said.
The group is supported by former Secretary to the Governmentof Federation, Babachir Lawal; Murtala Nyako, a former governor in the state; his son Abdulaziz Nyako; Alhaji Usman Ibrahim and Bappa Waziri among others.
Also in the group some former gubernatorial aspirants including Markus Gundiri as well as Nuhu Ribadu who political gladiators believe can be contending against Bindow.
Meanwhile, the recent permutations in the politics of the state and the recently concluded Ward and Local Government Congresses of the APC, witnessed in the state, have set a new direction for the 2019 gubernatorial election in the state.
Some members of the ‘Buhari project’, who were not on same page with Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow tested their popularity in just concluded ward and local government congress of the party.
Members of the group who could get their candidates win the two congresses in the state called for total cancellation of the exercise and called a new date to be fixed for the congresses in the state.
The group made its position known in a petition letter it submitted to the Sen. Nuruudeen Usman-led Ward Congress Appeal Panel Committee in the state.
The stakeholders also demanded that Ward Congress committee headed by Mahmud Musa be banned for conducting further congresses in the state.
The Appeal Panel has however dismissed eight out of the 10 petitions filed before it by the aggrieved members of the party, while it also upheld two.
Among the dismissed petitions was the one of Engr. Markus Gundiri and signed by Usman Ibrahim, who alleged that the Ward congress was marred by irregularities and demanded for total cancellation of the exercise in the state.
While other group of aggrieved members of APC led by Lawal is thinking of going to court after exhausting internal mechanism of the party to seek redress over the just concluded word and local government congress, the present SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, has described the local government congress as free, fair and credible in Adamawa state.
Mustapha, who participated in Yola North local government congress, lauded people who defied heavy down pour and trooped out en-mass to exercise their franchise.
He commended both contestants and delegates for the maturity displayed during the congress in the state.
The SGF urged aggrieved members to channel their complaints through due processes, as mechanism for seeking redress has been spelt out in the party.
According to him, all crises and complaints from the two congresses in the state would be amicably resolved through due processes by the party leadership.
“All crises within APC would be resolved. The party has provided structures for resolving internal crises. I call on bonafide members of the party to respect party structure, as I can’t predetermine the national decision of the party now.
“At the end, complains would be referred back to the national headquarters for final decision”.
Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa, Speaker of the State Assembly who participated in the congress in Yola South local government lauded delegates for their conduct and urged contestants to accept the result in good faith.
Mijinyawa, who cast his vote at noon described the conduct of the local government congress as smooth in the state. He urged those who lost, to join hands with the winners, to move the party in the state forward.
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