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In Adamawa, Gov Bindow all alone; Atiku, Nyako, others go for the kill

School feeding: FG targets 400,000 pupils in Adamawa
Governor Jibrilla Bindow

BY UMAR YUSUF, YOLA

Political activities ahead of 2019 promise to be  full of surprises in Adamawa State. Before last week’s  gale of defections in the National Assembly, the APC was in firm control of the state. The APC had  the state government apparatus, the support of former Vice President Atiku’ and the backing of  former Governor Murtala Nyako. The party was also in the good books of a former  Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir  Lawal. The three blocs  headed  by Nyako, Atiku and Babachir  Lawal were  in control of the  affairs of the ruling party in Adamawa  until the decamping of Atiku  to the PDP,.

And Atiku, until his dumping of APC , was the political godfather of Governor Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow. Blindow had  once  publicity confessed that his loyalty to Atiku  then had  reasons. According to him, the  moment  he won the APC  primary ahead of  the  2015 general elections, it was only the former vice president who  funded his campaign to the tune of  N500 million. If he is loyal to such a person, it is not out of place, the governor declared.

Bindow came into the 2015 governorship race on the political structure of Nyako and won the election. Then Congress for Progressive  Change, CPC, one of the parties which came together to form  the APC, also contributed to  the success of the governor  at  the polls. The  CPC, headed by Ibrahim Waziri, later transformed to Buhari Support Group, BSG, with  large supporters.

Now, Atiku  and  Nyako and  their allies have left  the APC. The former VP  has formally pitched tent with the opposition PDP  while  Nyako  is yet to  declare for another party, but his son, Senator Abdul’aziz Nyako, has  declared for the Advanced Democratic Congress, ADC. With these powerful blocs dumping the APC for the PDP, the ruling party in Adamawa  has a big hurdle to cross in the run-up to the  2019 elections  in the state.

And the ruling government  is already jittery. But as the government in power with huge  resources at its disposal, the APC can surmount the unfolding scenario with  its array of supporters.

And in its favour is the  giant strides it has recorded  especially in road construction , education  and health sectors. These achievements have  given  Yola, the state capital, a facelift as well as some major towns  in the state .

This might greatly help APC to come back to power in 2019.


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