APC Crisis: Aisha Buhari attempts to force her brother's candidacy for governorship

security chiefs in the state were threatened with a sack, if they did not cooperate by facilitating Modi’s aspiration
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Aisha Buhari, Wife of Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari

The crisis engulfing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State has escalated as a result of an alleged conspiracy by President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari, to seize the party structure.

Senator Dahiru Binani, one of the party's disgruntled leaders, warned that if the first lady is allowed to have her way, the party will undoubtedly lose the state election in 2023.

Mrs Buhari was accused by party leaders of insisting on gaining complete control of the party structure in order to place her younger brother, Mr Mohammed Halilu Modi, as the party's next governorship candidate in 2023.

Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, Senator Representing Adamawa Central in the 9th Assembly

They claimed that at the party's just-concluded local council congress in the state, the first lady used her power to intimidate perceived political opponents of her brother, including 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 order to seize control of the party s leadership.

It will be recalled that the party lost the governorship election in 2019 to incumbent and member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ahmadu Fintiri, over an alleged power struggle between the first lady and Bindow, Binani, and other rivals in the quest to make her brother governor.

Mrs Buhari is allegedly working in collusion with the former Vice-Chairman of the North East Zone, Comrade Mustapha Salihu, and the party's Financial Secretary, Mr Saidu Naira, to achieve her goal, according to the disgruntled members.

Senator Ishaku Abbo, Adamawa Northern Senatorial Zone [Photo: Ricardo Images]

They alleged that the foursome in Abuja changed the majority of the names from the ward and local congress congresses forwarded to the APC national office, resulting in a slew of legal lawsuits contesting the changes.

Chieftains of the party are already threatening to leave if the problem is not addressed in accordance with the party's constitution.

On the condition of anonymity, one of the angry chieftains who talked to newsmen said:
“If this is allowed to happen, it is the APC that will be the big loser again in 2023, just like it happened in 2019.

Dr Mahmood Halilu Ahmed Modi, Governorship aspirant in 2019

“The way they are going, they can only help PDP and Governor Fintiri to win reelection in 2023,” a senior official stated.

“Incidentally, the current manipulation in Adamawa is going on at a time the general feeling in the state is that the governorship seat should rotate to another zone outside Adamawa Central, to engender fairness and give a sense of belonging to all the geopolitical zones in the former Gongola State.

“Although, it is argued that the Central Zone has yet to produce a governor and it is believed it’s the turn of the zone to do so in 2023, APC stakeholders are opposing her position on the grounds that her zone has been producing Secretary to the Government of the Federation since 2015.

“This is in addition to the fact that as First Lady of the Federation and coming from the Central Zone as well, the feeling is that the zone has had its fair share of power equation, and should hands off the governorship seat for another zone in 2023.

“Similarly, the Northern Senatorial Zone has produced a governor for a record six times, and the feeling is that the zone has also benefitted adequately.

Such fairness can never be achieved, if the congresses are manipulated against the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state.

“There is a serious problem brewing in APC, which if not resolved quickly, may cost the party the seat of governor again like it did in 2019.

“Now, during the local council congresses, this was what happened. While the election of party officials of Yola-South, the home local council of Binani and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, was held at the party’s state secretariat in Jimeta amid heavy security operatives, as against the Yola South party secretariat, Bindow and Abbo did not even know where the congresses of Mubi North and Mubi South, their home councils, took place till date.

“Similarly, security chiefs in the state were threatened with a sack, if they did not cooperate by facilitating Modi’s aspiration.”