From Umar Dankano, Yola
Adamawa state Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri’s hope of coming back to the Dougeri government house as Governor in 2023 is becoming slimmer with the new romance of the Senator Abdulaziz Nyako and his African Democratic Congress,ADC structure with the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.
The stakeholders and teeming supporters of these two opposition parties (APC & ADC) in the state held a strategic meeting at the ADC’s party secretariat in Yola at the weekend which political pundits are of the opinion that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), is on the verge of losing a big joker that brought it to power in 2019.
As the permutations and political horse trading ahead of the 2023 elections commenced in the state,the people’s Democratic Party have to really work assiduously to make it back to the seat of power again.
In the build up to the 2019 gubernatorial election, many believed that the ADC played crucial role in the defeat of APC, the then ruling party which paved way for the victory of the Fintiri led PDP government.
Following irreconcilable differences that emanated from ward, local government and state congresses of the APC superintended by the then governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, Abdul-Azeez Nyako, then a serving senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District left the party with his teeming supporters to ADC.
While addressing his supporters before joining the ADC, Nyako has averred that he and his teeming supporters have been completely marginalized adding that even his father, Murtala Nyako “lost control of his ward in Mayo-Belwa local government.”
He said reconciliatory talks between the APC leadership and aggrieved members of the ‘New PDP’, a faction within the APC, was just a ruse.
“We have no option than to go, but we are still discussing the party to move to with our entire structure. I have spoken with Prof. Jerry Gana in SDP. I also spoke with Attahiru Bafarawa and fixed an appointment for him with Admiral Nyako. Bafarawa wants us to return to PDP.
“On Thursday, I went to Abeokuta and sat (down) with (former president) Obasanjo about ADC. He directed me to see Col. Oyinlola who assured us that we will be absorbed with our structures if we join the party. I also spoke with Kwankwaso (former Kano governor) before the congresses.”
Analysts are of the opinion that the participation of Nyako in the said election has robbed APC 113,237 votes which Nyako got during the elections as it was strongly believed that had he remained in APC, all the votes should have gone to Bindow.