Members of the Working Committee for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State are trying to frustrate the campaign of the party’s presidential flagbearer, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, according to Mustapha Usman Bash, a member representing Yola South, Yola North, and Girei Federal Constituency.
Hitherto, the committee was reshuffled, according to Bash. Recognised executive members starting from the chairman, acting chairman, woman leader and others were forced to resign their position and were replaced with people acting in their capacities, a system he claims contradicts the party’s constitution.
Following her appointment as coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign in Adamawa, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani made some strategic arrangements. But members of the committee (who are PDP apologists) claimed they were not aware of the arrangements, Bash said in a letter obtained by WikkiTimes.
“This is clearly a direct confrontation with the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) and a clear case of sabotage of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign in Adamawa State for reasons best known to them,” Bash’s letter partly read.
“The activities of these misguided elements are not only capable of undermining Tinubu/Shettima campaign in Adamawa State, but
worst of all is that these same characters are under the guidance of some power mongers and a marabout who is soul and body is in PDP in Adamawa but claims to be APC in Abuja danced and jubilated when the Federal High Court in Yola said, Adamawa APC will not have a candidate in the next election,” it added.
WikkiTimes’ repeated efforts to reach the acting Chairman failed, as calls and texts sent through his mobile phone were not responded to as of press time.
THE FULL STATEMENT
Our attention has been drawn to some shenanigans undertaken by the APC Adamawa State Working Committee, acting in cohort with known PDP apologists to sabotage and undermine the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign in the State.
Let it be put on record that the position and role of Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) as the State Coordinator of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign in Adamawa followed her appointment into the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) in Abuja. Senator Binani officially collected her letter in that capacity and was subsequently inaugurated on the 21st October, 2022 along with other PCC members.
As a dutiful party person, a democrat and a grassroots politician, Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) designed a template for
establishing a PCC Campaign structure for Adamawa State that will ensure the design of a road map and a structure down to the polling unit. Consequently, the State Coordinator of the PCC undertook the following activities.
i. Reached out to the PCC Headquarters with her plans and activity schedules.
ii. Extracted the names of all Adamawa indigenes on the master list of the PCC and sent letters of invitation to the meeting of 5th
iii. Identified a number of some critical stakeholders from all the 21 Local Governments Areas which includes women and Youth
leaders of the party and Local Government Secretaries of the party.
iv. The Acting State Chairman of the party, members of the State working Committee as well as all the 21 Local Government Party
Chairmen were equally sent letters of invitation to the said meeting of 5th November, 2022.
v. Sent letters to all APC serving, candidates for National and State Assemblies.
vi. Took a full-page advert, page 10, Daily Trust of 1st November,2022, announcing the meeting of all the identified PCC members,
some stakeholders and leaders of the party in the state as identified in Yola on the 5th November, 2022.
It is therefore absurd and indeed regrettable that the state working committee of the APC which was duly intimated of this laudable
programme came out and addressed a press conference claiming ignorance of this elaborate arrangements made. This is clearly a direct confrontation with the PCC and a clear case of sabotage of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign in Adamawa State for reasons best known to them.
Let us state for the avoidance of doubt that this State working Committee has the penchant to undertake acts and actions that are at
variance with the Constitution of the APC or known norms and principles of democracy. Currently, the body is operating under:
i. An acting chairman who is not only ignorant but lacks focus and capacity and basic tenents of democracy together with leadership
responsibility. After a legitimate one was intimidated and forced to resign.
ii. An acting deputy chairman a position unknown to any law of our party or practice.
iii. An acting woman leader after the legitimate one was forced to resign under dubious circumstances.
iv. An acting vice chairman (South) because like the woman leader, the democratically elected occupant of the office was as well
forced to resign.
v. An Organizing State Secretary who is a nephew (Mustapha Ribadu) to Nuhu Ribadu “dares that if not his brother, no one else
in APC ,” PDP should take it all.
The activities of this misguided elements are not only capable of undermining Tinubu/Shettima campaign in Adamawa State, but
worst of all is that these same characters under the guidance of some power mongers and a marabout who is soul and body PDP in Adamawa but claims to be APC in Abuja danced and jubilated when the Federal High Court in Yola said, Adamawa APC will not have a candidate in the next election.
I challenge the acting chairman to mention any ONE name in the National Presidential Campaign Council that is not on the list. And to also mention any name from amongst those invited from the 21 Local Government Areas of Adamawa State that is not an active party stakeholder.
I also challenge him to deny the fact that the acting chairman himself, Local Government chairmen, Secretaries, Youth
leaders and women leaders of the party or state working committee are the members of the party are not invited to the meeting of 5 November 2022. We have our records. APC IS NOT KNOWN FOR DECEIT OR FALSEHOOD.