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Adamawa APC Chairman resigns over alleged corruption

By Emmanuel Samaila, Yola
17 September 2022   |   3:55 am
The embattled Adamawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ibrahim Bilal, lost the battle yesterday as he resigned from office.

Ibrahim Bilal

The embattled Adamawa State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ibrahim Bilal, lost the battle yesterday as he resigned from office.

In a one-page resignation letter he signed dated September 13, 2022, the chairman however said he was still committed to the party and remains ready to advance its cause.

“I write to inform you that I am resigning from my elected position as the Adamawa State chairman of our great party APC immediately.

“I hereby assure you of my unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the ideas of our great party and will do everything legally possible to advance its cause,” the letter read in part.

Last month, 25 state executive members of the party had passed a vote of no confidence on the chairman at the party secretariat in Yola.

Their decision was based on allegations of massive corruption and anti-party activities.

The text of the vote of no confidence, which was read by the Publicity Secretary, Mohammed Abdullahi, said: “Our resolve to take this line of action follows the failure of the chairman to respond to the allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him as provided for in the Constitution. We view his failure to respond to the weighty allegations as acceptance of guilt.

“As a result of this gross failure, we hereby resolve to invoked Article 21.5(vi) of the party’s constitution, which vests us with the power to pass a vote of no confidence on him.”

The aggrieved executive members also accused the former chairman of directing members of APC in the northern zone, his constituency, to vote for the candidate of New Nigeria People’s Patty (NNPP), Abdullahi Belel in the 2023 elections against the APC candidate, Senator Ishaku Abbo.

“The chairman finds it extremely difficult to attend national functions or any activity in which communication is done in English. Some cases in point include his deliberate absconding himself from attending the first National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of our great party.

“He also refused to attend the gubernatorial primaries of the party in Adamawa State and he did not participate in the programmes of all presidential aspirants of the party without any justification,” they further alleged.

The state publicity secretary of the party confirmed to The Guardian that the party has received Bilal’s resignation letter.