The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in Adamawa State, is on the verge of losing a big joker as permutations and political horse trading ahead of the 2023 elections commenced in the state.
The development followed a high powered meeting between stakeholders of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and their All Progressives Congress (APC) counterparts at the ADC state secretariat earlier in the day.
In the build up to the 2019 gubernatorial election, many believed that the ADC played crucial role in the defeat of APC, the then ruling party which paved way for the victory of the Fintiri led PDP government.
Following irreconcilable differences that emanated from ward, local government and state congresses of the APC superintended by the then governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, Abdul-Azeez Nyako, then a serving senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District left the party with his teeming supporters to ADC.
While addressing his supporters before joining the ADC, Nyako has averred that he and his teeming supporters have been completely marginalized adding that even his father, Murtala Nyako “lost control of his ward in Mayo-Belwa local government.”
He said reconciliatory talks between the APC leadership and aggrieved members of the ‘New PDP’, a faction within the APC, was just a ruse.
“We have no option than to go, but we are still discussing the party to move to with our entire structure. I have spoken with Prof. Jerry Gana in SDP. I also spoke with Attahiru Bafarawa and fixed an appointment for him with Admiral Nyako. Bafarawa wants us to return to PDP.
“On Thursday, I went to Abeokuta and sat (down) with (former president) Obasanjo about ADC. He directed me to see Col. Oyinlola who assured us that we will be absorbed with our structures if we join the party. I also spoke with Kwankwaso (former Kano governor) before the congresses.”
Analyst are of the opinion that the participation of Nyako in the said election has robbed APC 113,237 votes which Nyako got during the elections as it was strongly believed that had he remained in APC, all the votes should have gone to Bindow.
The Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as the winner of the gubernatorial contest having polled 376,552 votes to beat his closest rival and the incumbent governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow who polled 336,386 votes while Abdulaziz Nyako emerged second runner-up with 113,237 votes.
After the election, governor Fintiri and Nyako made attempts to cement relations culminating in a visit Nyako paid on governor Fintiri at the Dougirei seat of power.
However, the attempted rapprochement collapsed following Fintiri’s incursion into the ADC when the PDP announced that ADC members who mattered most, have left the party for the PDP a position which Nyako vehemently countered.
In a fierce riposte, Nyako told Fintiri what he did amounted to a storm in a tea cup counselling him to concentrate on serving the people and stopped fiddling while the state was drifting.
In the counter narrative Nyako said, ” ADC Adamawa has created an enabling political environment for the PDP led Government in Adamawa to govern in peace for the benefit of our people but they seem to be keener on politicking rather than leadership.
“They created a storm in a teacup with nothing at stake and blew it out of proportions for propaganda purposes by claiming that there have been mass defections from the ADC to the PDP today,” he said.
” Why heat up the polity and waste resources unnecessarily at this time when there is nothing politically at stake until 2022-2023 rather than focusing on the needs of our people? Don’t they have enough on their plate?
“What is very unfortunate is that they even had the audacity to have a political program for defection barely a month after the massacres at Tingno-Tito; and barely 10 days after the lose of lives and property in settlements around Lafiya-Lamurde; at a time when many of our people are mourning!
“Is this Administration serious at all?
PDP Adamawa would hear from us (ADC) Inshaa Allah,” he chided.
But in a move which signalled his intention to use his massive goodwill and huge political structure to teach governor Fintiri a bitter political lesson, Nyako has finally commenced moves to go back to his former house, the APC.
Earlier today, senator Nyako alongside his teeming supporters met and discussed areas of common interest.
The two parties and hundreds of their supporters agreed to work together for the benefit of the Adamawa people.
The North East caretaker committee National Vice Chairman of APC, Prof Mamman Tahir in what he described as unity meeting, told the entire ADC to come back to APC their original home.
Tahir who led an entourage of APC officials under the leadership of Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal urged them to rejoin the party so as to enthrone good governance in the state.
Senator Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako who was the ADC Governorship candidate consented to the move and said that the members of the party will go back to their drawing board to consult God and other stakeholders for a final decision.
“We are going back to consult God in prayers for him to make it a reality and for the good of Adamawa people to benefit from the dividends of democracy,” Nyako said.
The leader of the delegation, Mamman was asked by Nyako if they will be ready for ADC to join APC as it is a bride of necessity.
“Sir are you ready for this marriage? ADC is a bride with a good bride price but our people will certainly go back to consult stakeholders and give back a positive response,” Nyako added.
The ADC party Chairman in the state, Alhaji Yahaya Hammanjolde (Yaya Vice) said the meeting is a fruitful one and will give a very good omen to the people of Adamawa state.
He said the presence of senior members of the party like Kugama Mijinyawa, Attahiru Isiaku Ahmadu, and many others is attestation of their consent to what APC needs from them but depends on APC to meet their demands and terms of conditions for their defection.