From: Matthew Onah, Yola
A few months after losing the 2019 general elections in Adamawa state, the All Progressive C0ngress (APC) is on the verge of implosion as major stakeholders engage in power tussle with each other in the bid to gain control of the party machinery in the state.
Sources close to the party secretariat in Yola, disclosed that arrangements have almost been concluded to reorganize the state party executives, and ensure their removal, even though their tenure is yet to lapse, as some powerful blocs within the party , capitalize on the current low morale of party members in the aftermath of the election defeat.
The APC state Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal Moda, the state organizing secretary, Ahmed Lawan and two other persons would soon be suspended to pave way for the reorganization.It is believed that the recent controversial press interview by Ahmed Lawan, on rotational presidency in the country would be used as an excuse for the suspension.
The source revealed that the central to the infighting is nominations in to powerful offices at the federal level is believed to be fuelling the crisis. Stating that some of the stakeholders are not comfortable with the decision of the national working committee of the party that APC former governors who lost their seats in the general elections , should be given automatic ministerial slots .
This would mean that former Governor , Senator Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow , would be considered for the ministerial nominations, which most of the power brokers are not comfortable with, considering their strident opposition to him.
He also pointed to the fact , some powerful persons within the party, including the first lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari, have been projecting
General Mohammed Bubba Marwa, for the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, currently occupied by another son of the state, MR BOSS Mustafa. Considered to be loyalist of the former governor.
Speaking to the DAILY ASSET, an APC chieftain , Barrister Jonathan Lamurde, attributed the looming crisis to the leadership vacuum created by the Executives of the party, stressing that they just simply disappeared from the political scene.
‘’ Any serious party executives would have since called a meeting of party members since we lost the election to chart a roadmap for further engagements, but they simply relapsed in to the cocoon. No post mortem of the elections, nothing. Even worse is that of the former Governor.’’
Lamurde stated that most members of the party are like orphans, searching for leadership, pointing to the fact, the first lady ‘ s frequent visits to the state in the last two months might not be unconnected with the desires of some persons to seize control of the party machinery.
He accused former Governor Bindow of literally ditching the party, after losing the elections.