Supremacy Of Power Rock Nasarawa APC Primaries By Rabiu Omaku,Lafia
- Agric Commissioner Lured Electoral Officer With Trailer Of Fertilizer To Get Favor
It was an absolute melodrama in Nasarawa Local Government Council of Nasarawa state as a serving commissioner in the incumbent Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s cabinet, Honorable Danladi Madaki lured a Returning Officer of Nasarawa Local Government to rig the inconclusive All Progressives Congress primaries held recently
Danladi Madaki, the commissioner for Agriculture has promised the Returning Officer, Ibrahim Maitakarda an allocation of one trailer of fertilizer to maneuver the primaries in favored of his chairmanship aspirant, Ahmed Tijjani.
The upshot of the chairmanship primary election continued to spawn anxiety following the declaration of Ahmed Tijjani against the accepted contestant, Jibrin Abdullahi Ibrahim who won ten out of the fifteen electoral wards.
Ibrahim Maitakarda the Local Government Returning Officer disappeared to unidentified destination at the time of filling this report, The Returning Officer quit the collection centre in spite of the tight security beefed up at party office.
The primaries has come and gone but the grime continued to lingered in the air, There was a mass protest over the outcome of the primaries particularly in Nasarawa where there was a tang of valor sandwiched between retired General Ahmed Aboki,a keffi politician who cross border to cause confusion in Nasarawa Local Government, Aboki is the current vice chairman of the APC North-central zone.
The scuffle for supremacy was between Gen.Aboki, commissioner of Agriculture, Danladi Madaki, The immediate past Transitional Management Committee chairman of Nasarawa Local Government and Isa Bawa battle the candidature of the chief executive, Jibrin Abdullahi Ibrahim who has the sponsorship of the Secretary to the State Government, Zainab Abdulmumini and the like of Hajara Danyaro,The estranged Special Adviser to Governor Al-Makura.
A competent source reveal that Hon.Danladi Madaki ,a cabinet member who contested for the position of Osu Ajiri (The paramount ruler ) of Udegi Development Area and was favored with a political appointment hired mercenaries to disrupt Returning Officers of Udeni Magaji and Loko axis.
“We nurtured this party from CPC to APC but in the sparkle of an eye new defectors are ready hijack the party from us,I personally supported APC with N500,000 ,Tell me how many people did that including the Governor”, The portentous commissioner stated this after the distribution of election material to the fifteen ward Returning Officers at Nasarawa Local Government Sunday morning.
The outcome of the election held on 09/02/2014 on sunday was devoid of animosity in ten wards while Returning Officers of 5 wards were under compulsion to sign their result sheets by hodlums,Impecable source averred that the Local Government Returning Officer who shun the collection centre at Nasarawa Town.
Ibrahim Maitakarda, The Local Government Returning Officer when contacted on phone directed vast of the wards Returning Officers to either text him the result or submit the outcome of the wards election sheet to the party Organizing Secretary in Lafia.
notwithstanding the submission of election results of fifteen electoral wards to the organizing Secretary of the party, The beleaguered Interim chairman of APC,Arch. Stanley Buba announced the outcome of primaries of the thirteen Local Governments ,varied emotion continued to greet the outcome of party primaries in Akwanga Local Government which was announced in favored of the candidate of Stanley Buba, Joseph Emmanuel.
Also in Doma Local Government, Henry Omaku who has the backing of the state Secretary of the interim committee, Mustapha Galadima also have a soft landing, In Garaku ,The headquarter of Kokona Local Government, Ado Dauda ,an aspirant having the support of the state party Treasurer, Florence Ayih have his way.
Stanley Buba endorsed his stooge Joseph Emmanuel to be as an instrument that will pace way for his ambition to go for Member House of Representative, representing Akwanga, Wamba and Nasarawa Eggon in 2015 while in Doma Local Government Mustapha Galadima, The secretary of the interim committee is preparing ground to succeed Honorable. Mohammed Okpede (PDP) representing Doma North come 2015.
In Kokona Local Government ,Princess Florence Ayih is also preparing a level playing ground for her ambition to go for House of Assembly come 2015,while in Keana chieftain of the APC are having a running battle with a youngster and a popular candidate,AKA Mai Yau.
The likes of Honorable Hamza Elayo, Yahaya Adams, Rtd Justice M.B Garba are in opposition,In Awe Honorable Yahaya,a former member of the NSHA was also in conflict with the outcome of the result which was in favored of Aliyu Turaki,An immediate past TMC Chairman of Awe Local Government, In Keffi Local Government,Auwalu Mohammed who has the backing of rtd General Ahmed Aboki has his way.
Over 54 petitions/complain where submitted to the APC Tribunal committee headed by Justice,MB Garba, Victoria Titi Monde and Solomon Ihuma , Some of the primaries election result that generate tension are Awe,Doma,Akwanga,Keana,Nasarawa,Keffi, Nasarawa Eggon including other Local Governments while some aggrieved councillorship aspirants also filed complains over the outcome of the primaries.
Aftermath of the APC primaries, the party has experience mass exodus of its supporters to the opposition political party, The PDP in the forthcoming 22/03/2014 Local Government election in the state, The mass defection ,it was learnt would not only affect the forthcoming Local Government election but also 2015 general election.
The question that required ardent answer is will the APC Election Tribunal committee come up with a rewarding result to settled the grievances between aspirants under the party as the Nasarawa State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) gave a dateline of 19/02/2014 as the last day for the submission of names of candidates that will participate in the forthcoming council poll ?.
The PDP is jittery over the internal squabbles that rock APC primaries ,Some PDP followers expressed mixed feeling over the yet to settle internal wrangling in the ruling party in the state, Other rift are the recent suspension of Stanley Buba by a court of competent jurisdiction .
The suspension followed a suit filed by a party chieftain,Mal.Omar over the composition of the state executive of the APC,Omar in his complain aver that the state Governor constituted the state harmonization committee headed by Stanley Buba in the favor of CPC.
The state Interim chairman of the APC, Stanley Buba in his reaction buttressed that they are members of Interim committee but not harmonization committee, saying the suit lacks substance, As at the time of filling this report,It gathered that the state Interim chairman of the APC defies court order by submitting list of the successful chairmanship and councillorship aspirants to NASIEC.
Only time shall tell what will happen to the APC as the dateline for the submission of names of candidates to participate in council election it was learnt was yet to be submitted officially.