From Matthew Onah, Yola
The hurdles confronting the ambitions of the incumbent Governor of Adamawa state, Senator Muhammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindowo in his ambition to get a second tenure in 2019, continues to multiple as the Chamba Youth Organisation, last Saturday asked him to drop his deputy, Martins Babale, if he is to get their votes in the 2019 general elections.
The Chamba Youth Organisation, a Chamba ethnic socio- cultural group, spanning Ganye, Jada, Toungo , and Mayo- Belwa, local government councils of Adamawa state handled out the ultimatum, at the end of their special congress called to review the political situation in the area.
The group in a communique signed by Joseph Balanso , President and Ahmed Ibrahim Toungo, Secretary, said they have lost “total confidence” in the person of the Deputy Governor, Engineer Martins Babale, as a political leader of the area.
They told the Governor that his deputy, Babale, had failed woefully to represent the area and or attract any meaningful development to the three local government council areas inspire of having served as three time member of the house of representative of the constituency in the national assembly and as a deputy Governor to Governor Bindowo.
The organisation, which stated that it is a multi- cultural, non-religious organization urged Gov. Bindowo to choose between Reverend Istafanus Habilla and Hon Adulrazak Namdaz, an incumbent member of the House of Representative, if the All progressive Congress, party is still interested in zoning the office of the Deputy Governor to the four local government area.
Calling the Engineer Martins Babale, a political disaster to the area, the organisation, stressed that the community has not bene ted any meaning project in the lasted 15 years through Babale as compared to others.
While admitting that Babale was never their choice in 2015 considering their experience with him while he represented them at the house of Representative from 1999 to 2007, they said hey would work assiduously against any political party , forum, platform or persons that sought to foster Babale on them in 2019.
The Youth Organisation, said they want to emphasize and draw the attention to the fact that in the Chamba area, Religion has never been an issue in choosing political leadership, all communities and families in the area , have both Christian and Muslim adherents and have coexisted for ages, adding that what they are advocating is development.
The organisation pointed out to the recent construction and commissioning of the Gangwi Information Technology Centre in Ganye, by Hon. Namdaz, which benefitting everybody in the area, irrespective of religion or tribe or race
They drew the attention of the Governor , to the high degree of restiveness exhibited by youths , whenever the Deputy Governor Babale visits the area, as a sign if the growing frustration of the people with his deputy.
Pointing out the fact Babale has been booed and thrown with water sachets over 6 times in the last one year.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Samuel Gangwaja, declined to comment on the ultimatum of the Chamba Youth Organisation and the ditching of his principal, saying, he was not aware of the communique.
“” Honestly, Am not aware, and even if am aware , these are political times, you don’t expect us to respond to all issues at all times””
The Chamba chiefdom comprising of Ganye, Jada, Toungo, Mayo-Belwa, and the Bwartye Chiefdoms of Numan, Demsa, Lamourde, Guyuk and Shelleng local government council areas forms one of the major voting blocks In e political equation in Adamawa elections.