Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and his predecessor David Babachir, both of who are respected indigenes of Adamawa State, are scheming with other notable leaders for the resurgence of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Others in the political strategy to return APC to reckoning in Adamawa State include immediate past governor, Jibrilla Bindow, and President Muhammadu Buhari’s inlaw, Ahmed Halilu (Mudi), as well as ex-EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu.
Sen Aisha Buhari (representing Adamawa Central Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly), Hon Abdulrazak Namdas (House of Representatives member for Jada/Ganye/Mayo-Belwa/Toungo federal constituency), and immediate past deputy governor of the state, Babale Martins are also prominent in the emerging intraparty movement to possibly retake Adamawa State come 2023.
The APC which was the governing party up to the 2019 election lost the state because the incumbent governor Jibrilla Bindow, who took the party’s ticket to the election, lost the election to the People’s Democratic Party’s candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri.
The widespread view remains, however, that the APC lost Adamawa due largely to infighting among party leaders and strong members, including Mudi and Ribadu who vied for the party’s governorship ticket with Bindow and who were believed not to have supported Bindow in the general election after losing the ticket to him during the primary election of the party.
The new move to realign is however seen as a realization that a mistake has been made and should be corrected well before the next elections.
A meeting of the aforementioned APC stalwarts and others which was convened by the former SGF, Babachir Lawal, agreed to form a formidable front across interest groups in the party towards restoring the party’s fortunes in the state.
A communique issued by the new group, the ‘Adamawa APC Senior Stakeholders’ and made available to newsmen on Tuesday, said the meeting resolved to set up a high powered committee to interface with the various groups within the party towards forming a united front against the divisive positions that ruined the party’s chances at the polls in the 2019 general elections.
According to the communique which was signed by the former Adamawa state deputy governor, Martins Babale, after extensive deliberation, the meeting resolved that all APC stakeholders should work together in unity to prevent the repeat of what happened in 2019 “where stakeholders worked at cross purposes, which ultimately led to the loss of Adamawa State to the opposition.”
The communique also revealed that a powerful committee was set up with Babachir David Lawal as a leader. The Stakeholders Committee has other members strategically positioned to pursuit the party’s interest, including the duo of the current SGF, Boss Mustapha and Mohammed Musa Bello, who would be interfacing with the federal government in pursuit of the interest of party members in the state, while Sen Aisha Dahiru Binani and Hon Abdulrazaq Namdas would pursue the party’s interest from the National Assembly.