Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has commenced an aggressive campaign for his quest to be president come 2019. The ‘game’ has started from Atiku’s home state of Adamawa, with the hijacking of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state by Atiku’s foot-soldiers. Atiku, the Waziri Adamawa, is now in absolute control of PDP in Adamawa state. This will be troubling times for Governor Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow.
Bindow’s troubles will not directly come from Atiku’s imminent return to PDP, but from the governor not being on the same page with the other All Progressives Congress (APC) critical stakeholders. Bindow knows that without the support of the bigwigs groups in Adamawa, winning the governorship seat is a day dream.
Despite having recorded commendable successes in road infrastructure, Bindow’s approach to development has not favoured the common man while his politics has been dysfunctional. The only political bigwig the governor rollicks with is Atiku. Atiku who joined the APC very late has 4 commissioners in Bindow’s cabinet- commerce, health, land & survey, Justice including the SSG. In fact, the governor and his few lieutenants have cornered everything while other stakeholders are just ‘siddon look’.
To stay afloat, he has only three options: follow Atiku to PDP, which means he would lose APC governorship ticket, including the governorship seat and ‘Aso Rock ears’. Second is to seek truce with the other stakeholders he has earlier discarded- the possibility of winning them back is slim.
With elections near, few weeks back, Bindow asked for forgiveness from former governor Murtala Nyako, but Senator Abdul Aziz Nyako cast doubt on Bindow’s remorse. Senator Abdul Aziz may be right, because, often Gov Bindow preaches fasting but practices gluttony- he is with President Buhari in the day, while with Atiku at the night. The third option for Bindow is to quietly remain in the APC but seek a return to his senate seat, while leaving the governorship seat to the other stakeholders apart from the Atiku group.
In fact, Governor Bindow urgently needs the services of local political consultants to analyze these troubles to get some honest advice. Though, Adamawa politics is complex, but often easy to predict.
Zayyad I. Muhammad,
Jimeta, Adamawa state