Adamawa: Politics of Nuhu Ribadu’s return to APC
Sir: The return of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has come along with some serious political intrigues in Adamawa State.
Adamawa APC is fragmented into three groups: Governor Muhammad Jibril Bindo group headed by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the former Governor Murtala Nyako group led by his son, Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, while the third group, popularly called Abuja/Buhari group which is led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, David Lawal Babachir.
The Atiku/Bindo group has never hidden its opposition to Nuhu’s return to APC, because they see it as a serious trap in the games for 2019 while the Babachir and the Nyako groups have not shown any open resistance to Ribadu’s moves.
Ribadu may not be a direct member of the any of group – but the Abuja group led by the SGF will feel at home with Nuhu Ribadu because he is a stakeholder in one of the legacy parties – the defunct ACN. He can be an excellent ‘game-changer’ for the group when it comes to the 2019 governorship elections. Beating Governor Bindo in 2019 will require a miracle if the governor can sustain his current infrastructural development drive especially in the opening up of new roads and urban development, moving away from the era of sharing the state’s commonwealth among family, friends and politicians.
Whichever way, the pendulum swings – Nuhu Ribadu’s return to the APC is highly welcome by the APC national caucus which definitely views Nuhu’s return beyond Adamawa local politics.
Zayyad I. Muhammad Jimeta, Adamawa State. He blogs at www.zayyaddp.blogspot.com