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Adamawa: How APC can regain control in 2023 (Part 1)

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By: Tom Garba

 

The political hues in Adamawa have never been sharply pronounced. Usually, it is the right-of-centre kind of politics since the present dispensation began in 1999.

 

Another remarkable feature of politics here is the audacity of its opposition. Incumbency cannot be guaranteed to favour a party in power.

 

Despite this delicate balance, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held the Government House, Yola, until Governor Murtala Nyako, a naval admiral elected on the PDP platform, jumped ship to All Progressives Congress, an alliance of hardline, pro-North and South-West-inclined persuasions that later toppled PDP from a 16-year rule.

 

Nyako’s remainder tenure as governor was mostly turbulent, as he played the cat-and-mouse game with the state parliament that eventually impeached him. He was succeeded, not necessarily in that order, by the deputy governor and the parliamentary speaker, who happens to be the incumbent governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.

 

That game of musical chairs played and that era passed. Once bitten, twice shy but not for APC which launched a daring bid to recapture the gubernatorial seat and succeeded with Muhammad Umar Bindow. He ruled for one term only and crashed out due to a concert of forces from within and outside Adamawa.

 

No doubt, Nyako’s cross-party adventure must have gone a long way to embolden the opposition in a state where the seat of power can be anybody’s game. How and why gubernatorial power shifted from APC back to PDP will be considered in this analysis.

 

Truth be told, a large part of APC’s woes was caused by intraparty squabbles arising from avoidable selfish motives. This ugly state of affairs led to stakeholders willfully refusing to buy into the stake of their party. That was how electoral victory went to PDP. I hope it has dawned on everybody now in the buildup towards 2023. No doubt, PDP is oiling its guns for a second term bid.

 

History is bound to be repeated in a theatre where actors on the political stage neither learn nor are willing to learn the lesson taught by history. Have APC stakeholders learned anything? I doubt it but time will tell, so goes the cliché.

 

If indeed they have not learned, the apparent advantage of the president’s wife, Aisha Buhari, hailing from Adamawa will be a monumental waste to APC. I think her state of origin is the reason the scramble for the APC ticket to 2023 is arousing a do-or-die war in the party.

 

Another reason, stunning though, is the alleged plan by the Buharis to politically annex Adamawa for a soft landing for the first lady to remain relevant in post-2023 politics. If it is true, I daresay that it need not be so, for Mrs Buhari can still back a popular party and or candidates and still peddle weighty political influence after her days as the first lady at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

 

No political party succeeds well if it is fragmented or has a disunited membership. It is said the application of breakthroughs is carefully planned in wisdom when applied at the right time. I write in the firm belief that the internal party democracy is the best tool to stabilise politics in our nation.

 

I believe in fair play among political players, including the juggernauts who are capable and all the time able to break the hegemony of other players in and out of power. Any repeat of what happened in 2019 that led to APC losing is playing out again.

 

Why is it so? Why are negotiations and compromises not working in the Adamawa APC? Internal democracy, fair play, and unity of purpose will strengthen our democracy. Please, APC, be one, be the broom you all told the people of Adamawa that you are. You told Nigerians one undivided broom is what will sweep a dirty room or environment well. I would like to see the Nyakos in a sweet political romance with the Bindos, Marwas, Ngilaris, Modis, Gunduris, Ribadus, Binanis, Abbos, Bintas Babachirs, Bosses, Emma Bellos, the likes of Madawakis, Namdas, the likes of outspoken Abdullahi Ahmed Musa (Speaker) and even Wafaris holding a single sword of defence against eternal aggressors.

 

I think it is time to set aside egotism and primordial sentiments and work to win together. All power belongs to God and He gives it to whom he pleases.

 

 

 

<blockquote>Why not learn from the Ubuntu principles of corporate existence? By the fact that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.</blockquote>

 

 

 

My elders and the good people of the APC family, everyone amongst you needs to play a part, regardless of how small one may think it is. We all have a role to play and it’s of vital importance that our actions inspire others to want to be a part of a better and brighter future.

 

I want you all to have Ubuntu as a justice inclined principle, and particularly, justice for all people. As much as we must look after each other, it is also just as important that you exercise fairness and equality for all people regardless any differences.

 

Other than these, it’s still a gloomy and a dark cloud of total failure for the party in the coming 2023 election.

 

Tom Garba, Political Opinion writer Writes from Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa state.

He can be reached through this means: 08172570959

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Taraba: Aggrieved PDP guber Aspirant file Suit against a declared Candidate.

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The battle for the Governorship ticket of the Taraba State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not yet over.

One of the Governorship aspirant, Professor Jerome Nyame had file a suite at the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo seeking for justice to be done.

He has insisted that the party’s candidate did not purchase expression of interest and nomination forms and not screened by the screening committee in Bauchi State.

The Aspirant, Jerome Nyame (PLAINTIFF) suite against, The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, People’s Democratic Party PDP, Col. Agbu Dantala Kefas (Rtd), Hon. Kabir Bappa Jauro and Barr. Jacob Otorkpa (DEFENDANTS), seeking for justice.

In his Write of summon, the aggrieved aspirant averred that the 3rd defendant (Kefas Agbu) is actually the PDP chairman, who is not actually qualified to participate at the primary election.

Jerome Nyame (Plaintiff) said that the People’s Democratic party, PDP (2nd Defendant) primary election was held on 25th May 2022 at Jolly Nyame Stadium where the results were purported declared as follows, Col. Agbu Dantala Kefas 443 votes, Chief Victor Bala Kona (stepped down), Professor Jerome Nyame 24 votes, Dr. Hilkiah Buba Mafindi 2 votes, Sen. Joel Ikenya 11 votes, Professor Joseph Albasu Kunini 31votes and Ayuba Kotolo 0 vote.

He insisted that the Taraba PDP candidate did not obtain expression of interest and nomination forms code PD003/G, (EOI)Code PD002/G, before the 14th April 2022 when same was closed.

“The Plaintiff avert that the 3rd Defendant was not nominated by at least 45 party members from at least two third of the Local Government Areas of Taraba State as required by the Constitution and Guidelines.

“The Plaintiff avert that the 3rd Defendant has always given assurance to other aspirants that as the chairman of PDP in the State, he will be fair to all and give a level playing ground to all Aspirants and that he will not take side.

He prayed the court to stop the candidate from parading himself as the party’s guber candidate.

He vowed to go extra legitimate miles to ensure that justice is done.

He sought “an order directing the first defendant (INEC) not to accept, recognize, or howsoever deal with the 3rd defendant (Kefas) as guber candidate of the party for the Taraba State governorship election slated for March 2023 or any other such rescheduled date.”

According to him, the PDP candidate (Kefas), presided over the party’s screening exercise as the party’s chairman before joining the list of aspirants at the eleventh hour, he beckoned at the court to direct INEC to recognize, accept and issue him (Nyame) all the benefits and entitlements as candidate of the second defendant (PDP) for Taraba State.

Recall that in April this year, the PDP chairman, when ask by Journalists on weather he has purchased intention and nomination forms to contest for the Governorship seat under the party.

“The 3rd Defendant (Agbu Dantala Kefas) spoke with Punch Newspaper, Taraba Truth and Facts among other media organizations that he did not obtain the PDP expression of interest and nomination forms before 14th April 2022.

“The 3rd Defendant (Agbu Dantala Kefas), did not participate at the Governorship screening on 26th April 2022 or any other date at all.

“No I have not purchased a form and have no intention of vying for the Governorship seat of the State.

The Plaintiff avert that the 3rd Defendant was the person that prepared the delegates list which the 2nd Defendant PDP which he later emerged as the winner thereby making the Primary election not free, fair and undemocratic as he earlier promised.

According to him, Part II, paragraph 4(I), page 8 of the PDP Electoral Guidelines for the Party primary election 2022, the 3rd Defendant Agbu Dantala Kefas is the Chairman of the Special State Congress which make him a judge in his own case.

“The Defendant by his position as the State Chairman, he is responsible for compiling the list of all Ad-hoc delegates and statutory delegates for the primary election which gave him undue advantage over all other delegates.

“On the 18th May 2022, the 3rd Defendant as State PDP Chairman, held an interactive session with all aspirants under the platform of the party, assured them that he will provide a level playing ground to all aspirants and that he will not be a contestant or Aspirant for any elective office.

According to him, there was no announcement of total of accredited delegates before voting commence, no record of same was given to our client or his agent before the commencement of the poll despite protest from agents and even 1st Defendant”s official who monitored the exercise.

“The 3rd Defendant kept all delegates at various hotels away from the venue of the primary election including Pastoral Center, mile six and no single delegate was duly accredited by 12 noon of 25th May 2022 as required by law.

According to him, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Defendants brought in delegates to start voting without accreditation late around 3:45 pm which lead the election into night time and became difficult to ascertain who is who.

The Plaintiff said that 11 votes are unaccounted in that the total votes purportedly scored by all the aspirants is 511 which is more than the purported total number of delegates that purportedly voted at the election being 522 votes.

He pointed out that even after the purported election and declaration of result, copies of the result are yet to be given to him, his agent or any of the other aspirants as mandatory required by PDP Electoral Guidelines for Primary Elections 2022 all in bid to conceal or hide the irregularities and rigged the election.

He urged the 1st Defendant (INEC) to recognize and accept and issue him all the benefits and entitlements as candidate of the Party for the Governorship election schedule for March 2023 or any reschedule date.

Copy of the summons made available to our Correspondent, also gathered that more aspirants have also concluded plans to approach the court seeking for justice on the matter.

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Majah thanks teaming Supporters for their Solidarity rendered during his Aspiration for the National Assembly.

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The Ex Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Aspirant for Yola South, Yola North and Girei areas of Adamawa state for the position of Federal House of Representatives in the just concluded Parties Primaries, Which held on Sunday 22, May” 2022, Alhaji Umar Muhammad Baba known as (Majah) has thanked his teaming Supporters especially PDP leaders, Stakeholders, Delegates and the good People of Yola South, Yola North & Girei local government areas of Adamawa State, for their Solidarity, Kindness and Support, rendered during his aspiration to the National Assembly.

This Was Contained in a Statement from the Aspirant’s Campaign office and Singed by his Media aide Jamilu Ahmad Wambai in Yola.

Majah also congratulated Hon. Abba Girei who Emerged Winner in the Primaries as the Candidate for PDP in 2023 General Election and Called on PDP faithfuls to work in the interest of the Party, ahead of the 2023 General Election.

He also Used the Medium to Call on PDP Supporters to rally round their Party’s Victory Come 2023 General Elections.

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2023 Elections: President Buhari Signs 2022 Amended Electoral Act Into Law.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had on Saturday afternoon May 21, 2022 signed into law the recently amended 2022 electoral act

The electoral act has been a bone of contention for a while as the House of Representatives, Senate and other politicians were excluded from voting in their parties’ primaries by the 2022 electoral act.

Following the omission, both the senate and house of representatives last week convened emergency sessions where they amended the act to provide for statutory delegates to vote and be voted for in the forthcoming political parties primaries and conventions.

However, with few days left for the primaries to take place, politicians have been pressuring the president to sign it in order to avert crisis.

The bill was eventually signed today, May 21.
This was confirmed by a member of the House of Representatives Emeka Chinedu representing Ahiazu/ Ezinihittee Mbaise federal constituency in the House of Representatives

Speaking to BusinessDay, Chinedu said “I can confirm to you that Mr President signed the bill into law this afternoon and we are all happy about it as it will give us and other statutory delegates the power to vote at the primaries.

“The amendment was swiftly done by the national assembly members to legally provide a place in the Act for statutory delegates of political parties to vote during their congresses and conventions.

“It will indeed do a lot of good for the upcoming party primaries” he said.

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