Defection: APC begs Bindow to rethink threat
APC national publicity secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, who spoke to The Guardian on the development, said he was surprised by the threat, noting that the party has put in place measures to address the grievances of supporters across the country.
Reacting to remarks credited to Bindow’s aide, Abdullahi added: “I have not had the opportunity of speaking to the Governor of Adamawa State on this issue. If they have such issue, the best thing to do is to come forth with the complaint to the party rather than threatening to leave.”
However, despite the diplomacy of the party’s spokesman, a high-ranking member who confided in The Guardian blamed the presidency for the crises afflicting the party across the country, even as he absolved the party leadership of blame on issues of appointments and sidelining of genuine supporters of the party from the scheme of things.
“It is the same problem everywhere; everybody is talking of marginalisation, exclusion and lack of consultation. The party is not to blame. The presidency takes all decisions. I am sure you are aware of the El Rufai letter. All that he said says it all.”
Chief of Staff to Governor Bindow, Abdurrahman Abba, had hinted that his principal, alongside his supporters may be forced to dump the APC, alleging that the Federal Government has been appointing persons from the state without consulting the governor.
Abba spoke when APC national delegation led by Senator Abdulkadir Jajere, visited Yola. He said FG has been treating Adamawa like an opposition state, adding: “We are loyal but tell the national secretariat of APC that there is limit to loyalty and that party business is optional. In fact, you have the right to change even your religion. So, tell national we are very loyal.
“But there is limit to that, especially if they are not recognising us since we supposed to enjoy the fruits of the party or, out of frustration, we will join the opposition.”
Abba alleged that some powerful individuals within the federal system diverted funds for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) projects allocated to the state.
There are indications that Bindow may be forced to dump the APC as he is said not to have a say in the affairs of the Adamawa chapter of the party.Investigation revealed that a group loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Lawal Babachir, has effectively taken over the control of the party by allegedly installing Senator Ibrahim Bilal as state chairman without recourse to Governor Bindow.
Babachir is said to be working in cahoots with a former governor of the state, Rear Admiral Murtala Nyarko (rtd) to control of the party structure, which remains a determinant factor as to whether Bindow would retain his governorship seat in the 2019 poll.
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