It is quite interesting that the 11th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held in Abuja on Tuesday had the newly elected National Chairman of the ruling party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu warning that internal crisis can affect APC’s fortunes in the general elections to be held in 2023. His statement represents a glaring irony, as many believe that he and members of the current National Working Committee emerged through different consensus arrangements that has enveloped the party in a silence of the graveyard. Probably sensing that the consensus option isn’t popular, the NEC meeting attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, who again warned against imposition of candidates, adopted indirect primary for the election of the party’s presidential nominee.
Coming down to my home state of Adamawa, of late, there has been talk of plans to impose a governorship candidate in a flagrant abuse of consensus option as stated in the Electoral Act.
The rumored plan to select former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallm Nuhu Ribadu, as consensus candidate should be dropped immediately. According to Article 20 (iii) of APC’S Constitution, the nomination of a candidate for governor shall be through direct or indirect primary election to be conducted at the appropriate level. It therefore behooves on new leadership of the APC to follow the honorable path by abiding with the constitution of the party rather than reverting to the Electoral Act and selecting an option that isn’t listed in the party’s constitution. As it is, Adamawa APC has 12 well known aspirants, why the desperation of picking one aspirant as candidate who is most likely to be rejected by party faithful, many of whom have pitched their tents with their preferred aspirant?
Yes, my state remains an APC stronghold with majority of political watchers still saying that Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) won in 2019 owing to ‘anti-party’ activities by APC foot soldiers, some of whom were angry with the then governor, Sen. Jibrilla Bindow. But foisting an unpopular candidate on members of Adamawa APC with the hope of winning on election day will be counterproductive.
A couple of days back, Bindow declared his intention to run with many averring that he may play the role of spoiler just like it was alleged that, Mohammed Halilu Modi, younger brother of the First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari did in 2019, should he be sidelined in preference of a consensus candidate. Even with the ex-governor entering the race late, some have ascribed his late entrance to his belief that he should be offered the right of first refusal by the APC. Looking beyond Bindow and at the wider picture, there are other governorship aspirants whom their sidelining could lead to failure for the APC in 2023, quick to come to mind is the chairman House of Reps Committee on Army, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas. The…
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