Barring any last minute change, an unconfirmed sources has it that SGF Boss Mustapha may be replaced by any favourable candidate from the North central zone. Three people are shortlisted as follows:
2. Sen. George Akume, APC link man in Benue State, former senator and former Governor of Benue State.
3. Sen. Abdullahi Adamu who is also a former Governor of Nassarawa state.
Barrister Boss Gida Mustapha is tipped not to return as SGF in the next level not only because the position was zoned to the North central but also due to the poor and abysmal performance of the APC at the just concluded general elections in Adamawa state.
The opposition PDP did not only won the presidential and governorship elections in the state but also won in his local government, Hong. To further worsen the situation, he lost to PDP at his polling unit with wider margin. Politically he contributed little or nothing to the victory of the party at National level .Remember the President hinted on compensating performing party members in the next level.
Boss Mustapha has also fallen out with chieftains of the APC due his unalloyed support for the former Governor Bindow Jibrilla. Bindow was said to have signed pact with Boss to handover power to him in 2023 but lost at polls. The wife of President Aisha Buhari was the latest among the high profile figures at the seat power that parted ways with Boss due to clash of political interests.
Sen. George Akume despite being a veteran politician with more experience as former Governor and senator, has a slimer chance of replacing Boss as the next SGF. The performance of the APC in Benue State at the just concluded general election has nothing different from that of Adamawa state. Except if the president is willing to compensate him for his loyalty since he lost his senatorial seat to his erstwhile political Godson, Hon. Gabriel Susuwan.
The major problem with Akume that will make him unfit to hold such sensitive and exalted office is his personal life style. Akume is popularly called “Asha abugu” not only in the streets of Makurdi but also at the floor of the red chamber by his colleagues. ” Asha abugu means ‘drink and get drunk’. Buhari i know will definitely not work closely with such characters.
Sen. Abdullahi Adamu would have been perfect for the job judging from his political relevance, loyalty and experience. But his major problem is the corruption case that is still hanging on his neck. Secondly, religious factor may not favour him. Nigeria is getting more religiously polarised every day . With Ahmed Lawal and Femi Gbajabiami both Muslims gunning for the seat of the Senate President and speaker HOR respectively, SGF should be given to a Christian for the sake of equity and fair play. Buhari administration has been on spotlight for religious and enthnic imbalance in the appointments to sensitive positions. This will further substantiate such allegations. Lastly having IGP from Nassarawa state will also do more damage to Sen Abdullahi Adamu’s chances.
Pauline Tallen has an upper hand among the three. Just like Nassarawa, APC performed creditably well in Plateau and Mrs. Tallen contributed immensely towards that. Tallen although not as experienced as Akume and Adamu but has no corruption charges. She is a decent woman and being so close to the wife of the president is a an extra advantage to her. The administration will also get more popularity among the woman at both local and internationally arenas if it can give such sensitive position to one of them.
Her major obstacle is the power brokers. It’s an open secret in Nigeria today that there are powerful cabal at the presidency. They determine where the pendulum of power rests. Godwin Emefele was the latest among the beneficiaries of their bounties. The Wife of the President has come out publicly and criticised them on countless occasions so we don’t know if they will annoint her candidate.
Boss is more closer to the cabal. Will he retain his seat? Will it be given to any of the three? Will the president heed to the call of Ohanaeze ndigo to give the slot to southeast? Which is highly unlikely? Time shall tell.
Engr. MA Abubakar
Yola, Adamawa State.