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Adamawa: New political bearings

By Umar Yusuf

IN Adamawa state, three major political developments were recorded in the state in the year between May 2011 and this year. Remarkably, there was no gubernatorial election in the state in April 2011 when most other states conducted their elections upon the fact that Governor Murtala Nyako of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP won a re-run election in 2008.

First was the reconciliation between former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Governor  Murtala Nyako.  Atiku, who still directs the political wind of the state became wholly estranged from Governor Nyako following the latter’s refusal to support Atiku’s presidential ambition in the 2011 general elections.

The political rivalry between reached a very sour stage forcing the intervention of prominent political, religious, traditional leaders and opinion moulders from the state coordinated by the Lamido Adamawa.

Not long after the reconciliation, the Supreme Court  sacked the five PDP governors including Nyako over tenure elongation.

Former Vice President Abubakar and Gov Nyako

Former Vice President Atiku threw his political might behind Nyako’s re-election bid and equally directed all his supporters to vote and support Nyako in the February 24, 2012 gubernatorial election.

The support paid off and Nyako won the election convincingly beating his opponents in the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Congress for Progressive Change, CPC among others.

The ACN  candidate in the election, Engineer Markus Gundiri is, however, unrelenting and has dragged Governor Nyako to the governorship and legislative elections Tribunal sitting in Yola.

The case is presently on-going to determine the allegations contained in the petition over Governor  Nyako, PDP, INEC and others.

Another major political event in the state was the emergence of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP .

Before the PDP National Convention in Abuja in March, a lot of political intrigues were witnessed in the state as regards the candidacy of Tukur. There was the alleged conspiracy between the Atiku and Nyako camps to scuttle the chances of Tukur owing to one reason or other.

But, neither the two strongmen nor the their allies came out openly to give reasons as to their reported rejection of Tukur. Political analysts, however, pointed fingers to Atiku’s presidential ambition in the 2015 general elections as the reason for the opposition.

Remarkably, following the emergence of Tukur as the national chairman of the party, all three men may have put aside whatever differences they had.

Recently, all the three gathered at the country home of Bamanga Tukur in Jada Local Government of Adamawa state to attend grand civic reception for  the PDP boss.


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