Adamawa 2023 Poll: APC power tussle worsens over guber ticket
The crisis rocking the Adamawa State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has deepened over an alleged plot by wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari to hijack the party structure.
Some aggrieved party chieftains, including Senator Dahiru Binani, warned that if the first lady is allowed to have her way, the party would surely lose the 2023 poll in the state.
The party chieftains accused Mrs Buhari of insisting on taking full control of the party structure in order to install her younger brother, Mr. Mohammed Halilu Modi, as next governorship candidate of the party in 2023.
They claimed that at the party’s just-concluded local council congress in the state, the first lady used her influence to intimidate perceived political opponents of her brother, such as Senator Dahiru Binani, Senator Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow (former Governor of the state) and Senator Ishaku Abbo (who represents Adamawa North Senatorial Zone) in the Senate, in a bid to sieze control of the party structure.
It would be recalled that in 2019, the party lost the governorship contest to the incumbent and member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Ahmadu Fintiri, over alleged power tussle between the first lady and Bindow, Binani and other opponents in the quest to make her brother governor.
The aggrieved members claimed that Mrs Buhari is working in cahoots with the former Vice-Chairman, North East Zone, Comrade Mustapha Salihu, and the party’s Financial Secretary, Mr. Saidu Naira to achieve her aim.
They claimed that most of the names from the ward and local congresses sent to the national secretariat of the APC were altered by the quartet in Abuja, resulting in mounting court cases challenging the alterations.
Already, chieftains of the party are warming up to dump APC, if the crisis is not resolved in tandem with the dictates of the party’s constitution.