Mass defection hits Adamawa APC, as all local govt. chairmen, councillors defect to PDP

FILE PHOTO: Swearing in of Umaru Fintiri as acting Governor

The move was engineered by the acting governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.

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In the aftermath of Governor Murtala Nyako’s impeachment, the All Progressive Congress, APC, might be on its way to collapsing in Adamawa State, as all the 21 Local government Council chairmen, councillors and development area administrators in the state have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The chairmen, who joined Mr. Nyako in declaring for the APC, on Friday, announced their defection to the ruling party in the state in solidarity with the acting governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.

Mr. Finitiri had spent Thursday trying to convince the 21 local government chairmen and 50 Development area administrators to join the PDP.

The spokesperson of the chairmen, the chairman of Michika local government area, Vandi Favanza, told the Acting Governor of their readiness to support his government to deliver the dividends of democracy to the electorates in the state.

‘’We are here to announce our defection and declare our support and readiness towards moving the state forward,’’ Mr. Favanza said on Friday.

While responding, the acting governor thanked the chairmen, councillors as well as the development area administrators for their resolve to dump the APC. He promised to do his best to correct the wrongs of the past in order to enhance development in the state.

He said his administration was working with all relevant persons to chart the most viable alternative towards the enhancement of the welfare of all the people of the state. He said his administration would welcome genuine advice from all stakeholders.

In a swift reaction, the state chairperson of the APC, Binta Garba, said the party was not rattled by the defection; rather it would make the party stronger.

“You know, in politics, there is no permanent friend or permanent enemy but permanent interest. So, it’s not surprising to hear that they chose to defect because they were threatened with impeachment and dissolution by the acting governor as parts of PDP’s desperation to get power.

“But I will assure you that the electorates are watching the betrayal with keen interest. They only mortgaged their rights and political conscience. So, we are not disturbed, perturbed or rattled. APC will definitely continue to wax stronger,” said the party chairperson.

PDP set conditions for defectors
The state chapter of the PDP on Friday, while receiving the defectors, set strong conditions for the 21 local government chairmen and 36 areas administrators.

The state chairman of the party, Joel Madaki, who received the defectors said that PDP was willing to accept them if they would follow due process.

According to him, since the defectors were public office holders and leaders of APC in their various local government areas, it was imperative for them to go back to their individual wards and re-validate their PDP membership card.
Mr. Madaki also advised them to publicly renounce their APC membership in the media so that constitutional lapses would be averted.

The chairman of Michika local government, Mr. Favanza, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, pledged their unalloyed support and willingness to meet with the conditions given.

“We are not strangers in PDP, because it’s the party that gave us the mandate we are enjoying today. We will do anything to work for the interest of the party,” he said.

However, the Gombi local government chairman, Rufai Umar, expressed fear that the PDP executives at their local government level may not accept them, due to political differences that had earlier ensued. To this end, he prevailed on the state executives to set up committees that would harmonise them in the local level.

But Mr. Madaki declined the suggestion, saying that there was no need to form any committee but that the state executives would intervene when the need arose.

The same officials- all the 21 Local Government Chairmen and development areas administrator- defected in December 2013 from the PDP to APC, when then governor, Mr. Nyako, now impeached, decamped to the APC.

At the time, the Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Sa’abo Aliyu, in Adamawa state, told journalists that they resolved to follow Mr. Nyako to APC because they could attest to his character, and that Mr. Nyako “carried everybody along”.


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  • Truthometer

    Nigeriannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Your suffering has just started. You generation of gluttons, when are you going to stand for any principle, whatsoever? Running from one party to the other. We surely deserves any government we get.

    • Dele

      APC is not a principle. Adamawa people defecting from APC had nothing to stand on. APC is an Islamic Jihad by other means. Whereas, Adamawa state is a multi-religious society of Christians, Muslims and animists. There is nothing to recommend APC to the Christians and the animists two-third. Besides its obvious Muslim and discriminatory bent, the APC has no other known identity. APC is not a political party. APC is a riot.

      • Jika

        The APC chairman in Adamawa State is a Christian and so is the National Vice Chairman North East who also happens to be from Adamawa State. The fact of the matter is that over 50% of the Local Government chairmen who ‘defected’ to PDP are Muslims. I don’t know where you got your phantom data that Christians and Animist make up two-third of Adamawa population. This particular defection has nothing to do with religion.Rather,it is a manifestation of lack of principles,greed,self centeredness and power grab at all cost. A very unbiased mind will certainly give credit to the APC for having very well respected and reknown Christians at the helm of affairs of that party. I guess you are too steeped in bigotry and hatred for Muslims to even acknowledge that glaring fact.

    • Tunsj

      You are right. All of them are running after power and money. I bet you that they will decamp to APC in the next couple of months.

  • Enemona

    I am seeing a very funny change in approach by PT. The recent kinds of news they have been reporting and their approach has been very suspect. I think these guys are compromised.

  • WhichWay

    Atiku’s coffin nailed. Atiku must be in a very confused state now, that he lost a hold on his home state. Nuhu Ribadu is unstable as water these days, he must also be doing some thinking. Bamanga Tukur go dey laugh now. This APC ship is sinking really fast.

  • Comfortkay

    Let see how long they would be in their new home, Defectors are HARLOTS

    • GbemigaO

      They are not in their new home. They were PDP initially. Stupid politicians including APC that could not make inroads rather than go and get old PDP politicians !

  • Kwaifa

    They are afraid to be impeach by Jonathan. They serve PDP not the People

  • GbemigaO

    That is Nigerian politicians for you! That is why I never believed in this APC rubbish because it was built on shifting sand. They were PDP and then moved to APC but are. Ow back in PDP. How can we believe that APC is the alternative when they did not canvass for people who belives in their philosophy to join them but just influenced people not happy in PDP to join. Why would it not collapsed when we all know that there is really no difference between them. #rubbish

    • ayobami

      Any house built on faulty foundation must crumble,Adamawa is now
      effectively a one party state,so shall it be all over the country