ADAMAWA 2019: APC Primaries; Bindow, Ribadu, Modi Join Gubernatorial Race
¤ Ribadu’s misfit and Modi’s low-profile are lubricants rather than threat to governor Bindow’s victory – Bindow supporters
¤ Inconsistency, insincerity, inefficiency impunity breeding party insecurity with poverty of creativity, bundles Bindow’s incumbency – Modi and Ribadu supporters
It’ll be an interesting clash of the titans – Political Commentator
By Adamu Muhammad Dodo
Little governor Bindow of Adamawa state did know that his second term bid would be a tough challenge when he was sworn in, having won the gubernatorial election in 2015.
Bindow was said to have invited nominations from the defeated parties for political appointments in addition to joining his cabinet as commissioners, kind of extending hand of friendship, acting as one-big-family, rather than remaining in the opposition with jaundiced principles.
The going was said to be smooth at the initial state, before the clueless kind of definition could get to spell on the rough decision to maintain the old order against change in going through administratively, famished road to arrive at, to have been a desired destination, owing to the alleged awarding of contracts to favoured company at exorbitant quotations without following due process against procurement mandate; the concentration, on roads rehabilitation in some local government areas of the state at the expense of other sectors; such as education, healthcare and social welfare among other human capacity developments and empowerment drive; with the skills acquisition centres; a initiative of Nyako led government being betrayed to waste, hibernating the ideals associated with pragmatic rather functional kind of knowledge acquisition.
The refusal of the Bindow led government to keep to its promise of settling unpaid salaries and other arrears of entitlements in spite of the bailouts and Paris Club refund funds, part of which was said to have found a hidden entry into the purse of the prayer warriors with a view to exorcising the devil in Boko Haram insurgency; the claim which the clergies challenged as balderdash, seeking for evidence and that which the government eventually retracted.
The question of the alleged politics-instigating disharmony and mutual mistrust between and among the electorates deploying the service tribal sentiment aimed at divide and rule.
There was among the double standard allegations, the articulated Atiku factor and PDP favouritism in addition fractioning of the party into factions for friction, the permeated action, which permitted a consideration of a literary interpretation to crudely mean the fictionalisation of the change philosophy as advocated by APC; a kind of “InterInvention”, moralising Wole Soyinka.
Based on these, among other issues, the eligible to be voted for, decided a redefinition of change in tune with the party’s manifesto.
The Senator Abdulaziz Nyako factor and the defection of Malam Nuhu Ribadu the anticorruption tsar and Engr Marcus Gundiri, to APC were jointly said to be the beginning of the suffocating discomfort to the Bindow faction, especially when the latter could not make the party inhospitable to the defectors who seemed to have joined alliance with the Nyako as the “Black Cap” kind of pressure group’s activities could get to suggest.
However, the Bindow supporters argued that the defectors were by no means any threat, in the sense that the duo have contested and were given a humiliating defeat during the 2015 gubernatorial election and that Sen. Nyako, having defected from APC, due to alleged irregularities during the delegate election, which could be described as impunity championed by the chief executive of the state aimed at disenfranchising other contestants, could only get to be considered after the party primary elections.
If the defectors were truly immaterial, a political analyst would ask, why was there any need to deploy the services of the miserably paid thugs to vandalise the vehicles of the Ribadu led APC faction while they were having meetin aimed at strengthening the direct primaries and why should the governor insist on indirect primaries, wasn’t he confident of himself?
Engr Marcus Gundiri was yet to either declare intention or purchase the nomination form. However, Mal. Nuhu Ribadu was the first gubernatorial candidate to purchase the APC nomination and expression of interest forms.
“Adamawa state is tainted by economic, financial and administrative injustices. The study recommended for a holistic system review with a view to getting the state out of the maze. The under development caused by inefficiency and greed, is summarily shameful. When the government of a somewhat salary state failed to pay it’s public servants their salaries, how do you define it’s economy?
“When a state is bereft of education, healthcare and other social welfare, can you estimate how backward it could get to be reduced?” One of the Black Cap revolutionaries would lament while canvassing for Ribadu mandate for desired change.
Dr. Mahmood Halilu Ahmed, popularly known as Modi, was the second gubernatorial candidate to purchase the APC nomination and expression of interest forms.
Modi a brother-in-law to President Muhammadu Buhari, was initially said to have indicated interest to represent the central senatorial zone of Adamawa state.
Modi was however said not to be given a greenlight by the governor who, either him or a strong member of his cabinet, had a candidate to support to the senate.
The electorates, having the impression that for President Muhammadu Buhari to have confidence in someone he has been with for many years, the person must be of proven integrity enough for the leadership responsibility and that since there were capable candidates for the Senate, there was the need to restore public confidence in governance in Adamawa state. Modi was then pencilled by the electorates for the herculean task.
Dahiru Hammandikko the founder of Buhari/Osinbajo and Bindow 2019, dismissed Modi with a modified coded with a wave of hand as lightweight, for lacking the support base to make any impact at the polls.
Hammadikko’s claim, which was eventually debunked, might not be unconnected with the impression that the Bindow faction, advocating for indirect primary elections, have already decided the delegates for the deal. Therefore, the entire delegates would simply pick Bindow.
The Newshawk articulated that Modi’s entry into the race, which became topical, seemed to have rattled the governor’s camp. Bindow’s supporters became jittery speculating that the governor might not enjoy fair treatment because of the blood affinity between Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and Modi.
The snapshot Modi holding his nomination form and PMB has really worked on the Bindow faction.
At a formal declaration of his gubernatorial ambition in Yola before an intimidating electorates as supporters on Monday, Modi accused Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow of dishonesty and neglect of all sectors.
Modi attributed the sufferings to which the people of Adamawa were subjected, to leadership ineffectiveness and inefficiency lurking in public lies typical of what Wole Soyinka’s “InterInvention” has narrated.
“Lying is an act of hypocrisy along with breaking promises and betrayal of trust. A community is doomed when it has a pathological liar as leader,” a Modibbo among Modi’s supporters would emphasis.
Modi promised to work with the party (APC) executives and other stakeholders if nominated and eventually won the general election.
Governor Muhammadu Ummaru Jibrilla Bindow was the third gubernatorial candidate to purchase the APC nomination and expression of interest forms, in a daring move suggesting that though it was raining heavily politically, he has poetically not developed cold feather to have technically exposed the pessimist in him.
Bindow was said to be convinced by statistics, which revealed that his achievements weighed more than his failures and that his supporters were unmatchable in number for him jitter.
Besides, the state executive council members were entirely by his side and have supported the indirect primaries and that he has the majority of the delegates to vote for him.
Ibrahim Bilal, the APC state party chairman assured all aspirants of justice and fair play at the primaries.
Lone Yobe PDP Legislator Returns Home to APC
Lone Yobe PDP Legislator Returns Home to Apc
By Daily Hint Damaturu
Hon Lawan Sani Inuwa, the only member of the PDP in the Yobe State House of Assembly, has decamped to the APC and was received by H.E Gov. Mai Mala Buni at the Government House, Damaturu today.
Hon. Lawan Sani Inuwa hails from Nguru Local Government and represents the people of Nguru Central at the House of Assembly.
The legislator was accompanied by the State Party Chairman Alh. Adamu Chilariye, party secretary Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe and others at his meeting with the governor.
H.E Governor Buni welcomed the House of Assembly member for returning home, saying he and the member have always maintained contact and communications.
H.E Governor Buni also praised the lawmaker for his decision to move to the APC. He said it’s a decision that reflects the thinking and tendencies of the people of his constituency.
The governor urged political stakeholders in Nguru to embrace Hon. Lawan and all his supporters wholeheartedly, saying the APC family in Yobe is one family sharing common bonds of solidarity and support for one another.
Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Zulum Over the attack on his convoy
Gov. Buni visits Maiduguri to commensurate with Governor Zulum over the attack on his convoy
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni was in Msiduguri to commensurate with the Governor, Babagana Zulum of Borno state, the government and people of the state over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy that resulted to the killing of over 12 gallant security operatives.
While commensurating with Governor Babagana Zulum at the Government House, Maiduguri on Tuesday, Governor Buni said ” I am here on behalf of myself, the government and good people of Yobe state, I am here to commensurate with you over the recent unfortunate attack on your convoy where many gallant security operatives were killed.”
” We are with you in prayers. I want to assure you that you have the prayers and support of all Nigerians. This is a trail, as a leader one must face such challenges from time to time,. You should not be detected , your efforts in ensuring peace and resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs) will surely succeed”, he added.
He urged him not to relent , as Nigerians are with him in support and prayers and that surely the insurgency will soon be a thing of the past.
Governor Buni said ” I believed one thing one cannot take away from you is your commitment to the service of your people. Borno was the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency at time Borno experienced bomb blast more than two to three times a day but thank God this is over. By the grace of God very soon all these will be thing of the past”.
Responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked the governor for the visit, saying that ” I want to use this opportunity to convey our deep appreciation to you, the Executive Governor, of Yobe state for coming to commensurate with us at this trying moment”..
” The relationship between Borno and Yobe state cannot be over emphasized. Any time there is an event or happening in this state you always identify with us. I want to assure you that the government and people of Borno state will always identify with you in what ever you are doing we will support you in whatever you are doing both at state and national levels”, Governor Zulum added.
Gov. Zulum’s Convoy Attack, Borno National Assembly Members Visits Maiduguri to Condole Him
Gov. Zulum’s convoy attack, Borno National Assembly members visits Maiduguri to condole him
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
Borno National Assembly members were in Maiduguri on Monday on a condolence and solidarity visit to commiserate and sympathized with Governor Babagana Zulum over the recent Boko Haram attack on his convoy near Baga where 8 policemen and 3 members of Civilian Joint Taskforce CJTF were killed.
While speaking, at the Government House, Maiduguri on Monday the leader of the delegation who is also a Former Borno state Governor, and Senator representing Borno central, Senator Kashim Shettima said ” we are in Maiduguri to show our solidarity and commiserate with the governor, government and people of the state.”
Senator Shettima said ” I urge the people of Borno state to continue to be resilience and endour these, by the grace of God endouring peace will sure come. I believed the people of Borno have the resilience and the courage to see that enduring peace is enthroned in our father land.”
“Much importantly we urged the people to give the maximum support and cooperation to government and the military establishment to see that peace is established in Borno,” he added..
The Former Governor said ” I have the confident and believe that Governor Zulum’s commitment to ensure enduring peace in the state.”
While responding, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state thanked them for the visit and assured his administration commitment to rerun all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their homes safety and dignified manner.
” We have to do something to address the security challenge in the state before it further deteriorates. The situation in the state is very dicey, obnoxious and will not be allowed to remain like that otherwise the insurgents will take over Maiduguri,, the governor stressed
He further said that “there is need for us to stamped our resilience with a view to build peace and stability,” .
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