A move for a one term tenure governorship heightens as APC works on reclaiming power with the zoning formula
The Periscope Reporter
Political pundits would observe that Adamawa APC has more political Titans than PDP, the ruling party in the state, even though governor Fintiri declared that APC does not exist anymore in the state. More still, somewhere, the governor was quoted as saying that he has to the ground, politically buried the APC for a fresh air in the state.
Rilwan Musa, APC apologist as electorate would add that the present government in the state is opportunistic product of internal conflict between and among members of the then ruling party, the APC, where the Titans, having been disenchanted with the governance considered as far from being populist, but somewhat deceitful, would have to let go; affected part would have to be cut off to have the wound healed.
Now that the wound is healed, the members consider the party as hale and hearty for a comeback combat, the same political Titans appear to be championing the move to reclaiming the Dougirei hill, the seat of government with a power shift to the central zone of the state. How successfully persuasive will be the taxing task?
The move implies sigle term – four-year tenure – for governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and by implication, the PDP that has no 2023 governorship candidate other than the sitting governor.
How fresh is this seeming newfangled, foreign though not French air about the movement? How unpalatable to the taste glands of the PDP’s fresh air governor?
The secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, his immediate predecessor, Babachir David Lawal, Prof Alkasum Abbah, Sen Abubakar Girei and Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong among other political Titans selected, were shouldered with the responsibility to lobby for governorship shift from Fintiri to Adamawa central senatorial zone.
Since the creation of the state in 1991, Adamawa central has not produce a governor despite having eminent sons and daughters in addition to her numerical strength, necessitating a renewed strategy by stakeholders from the zone to ask other regions to concede power in the build up to 2023 gubernatorial election.
Boss Mustapha, Babachir and others were today, Saturday, inaugurated to serve as council members of Central Zone Advocacy Initiative, (CZAI), a vehicle on whose crest the zone intends to ride to power come 2023.
Record indicates that the central zone, consisting of seven of the 21 local governments, has the highest population in the state.
A data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that out of the 4,284,400 people in the state, Adamawa central has a cumulative population of 1,666,800 representing 40% of the population.
Stating the rationale behind the renewed move, chairman of the contact and mobilization committee of CZAI, Usman Iya Abbas said the group’s aim is to seek democratic and peaceful means of attaining power.
He noted that in the past, Adamawa central has made sacrifices to ensure both the northern and southern parts of the state have produced governors, based on the give and take spirit, the zone in return, seeks the support of other zones for the governorship shift.
According to Abbas, in order to realise the noble objective, the group has since moved into action and has been paying visitations, making consultations and advocacies to other zones.
He said the group has also produced personality profile of many sons and daughters in order to simplify her activities.
Identifying some of the underlying challenges behind the failure of the zone to secure political power, Professor Alkasum Abbah, a historian, identified lack of unity, cohesion and religious sentiments, rather than capacity, capability and competency as major factors preventing the zone from producing a governor.
The university don noted that the zone has more potentials in terms of population and human capital needed to lead the state. He called on the stakeholders to go back to the drawing board and re-strategise for them have a headway.
Speakers during the event harped on the need for unity and cooperation amongst all the contenders, noting that the region lost in the past because of its failure to come as a united block.
Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, former Adamawa State lawmaker, Wafarniyi Theman, Aisha Buhari’s brother, Modi Halilu and Dan Maje Adamawa, Ahmadu Hamman Nasara are some of the front line contenders for the plum office from the area.