The presidential ambition of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, may have suffered a major setback in Adamawa as the state governor Bindow Jibrilla and the All Progressives Congress (APC) major stakeholders in the state finally dumped endorsed president Muhammad Buhari 2019 re-election bid.
This decision to abandon Atiku was taken at the stakeholders’ meeting of the party convened at the instance of the governor on Saturday.
Those in attendance included National and state members, commissioners, local government chairmen and development areas administrators as well as party executives from wards to state levels among other stakeholders.
Speaking at the event, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Abdulrahman Abba Jimeta, who conveyed the position of the state government and also gave a brief account of Bindow’s stewardship in the last two years, said the decision to endorse President Buhari was due to his achievements.
“We know the constitution give 8 years so if you spend four years you can re-contest for second term and in advanced democracy all over the world you don’t challenge the incumbent. So whether you like Buhari or not the constitution of this country gives him eight years.
“Therefore, in 2019 even if Buhari doesn’t want to contest, we will force him to contest because he is now healthy.
“Anybody that talks about (Ibrahim) kwankwaso, Atiku (Abubakar) is just making a mere wish, you can wish your candidate well, and there is nothing wrong with that,” he said in apparent death knell on Atiku’s home-base support for his 2019 presidential ambition.
He accused APC splinter group in the state who called themselves Buhari/Osinbajo Again 2019 (BOA) of feeding the public with false information that Bindow does not like President Buhari.
He said the allegation was aimed at pitching the state government against the presidency for whatever selfish interest and to attempt to disgrace the governor.
“Our opponents and enemies of this administration have turned Buhari campaign in Adamawa into a war. Anybody that goes to Abuja for his personal interest and with intention to pitch us against the presidency will say Bindow does not like Buhari. They even formed an organisation called BOA just to pitch us against the president. Most of them are even PDP members, who did not vote for Buhari in 2015,” he stressed.
He said the stakeholders’ meeting was called at the instructions of the governor who is the leader of the party in the state so that they can give the account of their stewardship, discussed crucial party issues and chart a way forward for the state and the party.
The Chief of Staff said invitation letters were sent to all major stakeholders of the party from the state including ex- Gov. Murtala Nyako, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, among other bigwigs of the party. “Therefore, whoever refused to attend the meeting or sent his representative is that his own cup of tea as it would not prevent the meeting from holding.
In his remarks, Gov. Bindow jibrilla represented by his deputy, Hon. Martins Babale, thanked the stakeholders for honouring the invitation and for reposing confidence on the administration.
Also, the state chairman of the party, Ibrahim Bilal, called for unity of the party members ahead of 2019 and urged all to bury their hatches and work for the unity of the party.
Those in attendance include Sen.Binta Masi Garba (Adamawa North) Hon.Abdulrahman Shuaibu( Mubi North, Mubi South/Maiha federal constituency) Adamawa Deputy Speaker, Hon. Emmanuel Tsamdu, ALGON chairman in the state, Aliyu Wakili Boya, chairman Commissioners Forum, Mustapha Barkindo Aliyu, and Babangida Talese, who spoke on behalf of senators, representatives State Assembly members, local government chairmen, commissioners and party executives at local and state levels.