Date Published: 05/16/10
HISTORY IS TILTED TO FAVOUR ATIKU By EMEKA VINCENT
It has been amazing that they have several discordant voices from Adamawa State about the re-entry of Atiku Abubakar into the Peoples Democratic Party.I can claim to know Adamawa State very well,because I was born there and grew up there,schooled there and my parents are still there.The last time I wrote about another Adamawa - man proper was early this year,when I traced the history of Senator Paul Wampana,the current National Vice-Chairman, North-Eastern Region of the Peoples Democratic Party.He is also the Zaana Mubi of Mubi Traditional Council.He has just been bestowed with that title by the Emir of Mubi,Alhaji Abubakar Isa Ahmadu. He is supportive of Atiku Abubakar.
But the whole issue today is re-entry of Atiku Abubakar the former Vice-President to his former Party, Peoples Democratic Party, where, he was a founding member.Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, because of his greed for political power and also because the former Vice-President,Atiku Abubakar scuttled his desire for a third term frustrated the Turaki Adamawa from the party, he founded.Therefore,it was not the desire of the former Vice-President to have left the Peoples Democratic Party.Besides, if it is anything to go by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is comfortable with every tribe you, can think of in Adamawa State. I was born in Mubi,Adamawa North .From the very tribes and ethnic groups in the Northern part of Adamawa State,Fali.Ndandakwa,Nzanyi,Gude.Betso.Margi,Higgi.Kamwe.Gra,Matakam,Kapsiki,Wula.Sukur they are comfortable with the disposition and relation of the former Vice-President.I have come to discover that most of the peoples of Adamawa State do not like Governor Murtala Hamanyero Nyako and Professor Jubril Aminu because they represent the repressive exploitative subjugative feudalistic Fulani pre-and post colonial era.To Nyako and Jubril,why should Atiku Abubakar open the door for those who are suppose to ‘slaves’ as if they own heaven and earth. But the question is, do all persons have to be wicked? Do all persons have to be unkind? Do all persons have to be evil? Do all persons have to be perpetual enemies to the people that you were born amongst them? Atiku Abubakar has never cultivated these evil traits. Murtala Hamanyero Nyako and Jubril Aminu are known for their exploitative tendencies,discrimination and segregation and abnormal behaviourisms.You can see from what they have exhibited so far.They will go and beg Turaki Adamawa in the night or speak to him on phone,but the following day they will say they have not reconciled.But history have it that Atiku Abubakar,GCON,has always succeeded over their misdeamour and mischief.The verdict of the people of Adamawa State has always succeeded over the one of clique that didn’t progress and prosper at all. For example, between 1991 and 1992 during the Social Democratic Party primaries between Dr.Bala Takaya and Atiku Abubakar, even when some forces ganged up against him.He came out stronger from that problem and later vied for the presidency at the JOS presidential primaries.If by what I watched on television on 27 th of April 2010 in Hilton Hotel where the former Vice-President re-presented his re-registration card, will tell a story,then.Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will overcome this resistance to his participating actively in the affairs of the Peoples Democratic Party. All those big names that matter in Adamawa State were there.From Madagali Local Government of the state was Alhaji Hamidu Mahmud, Wali Mubi,former information commissioner.He has the support of Mr.Saleh Kinjir,Garkuwa Sukur,Ahmadu Fintir,the member representing Madagali Constituency.There were others present like Alhaji Tijani Kwaji Kumbi,Gambo Abba,From Michika Local Government were Titsi Ganama the candidate who contested on the ticket of Action Congress Michika/Madagali Federal Constitueny,Mallam Yakubu Tsala,Shettima Mubi an elder and respected statesman,Mr.Habila Sini,Mr,Michael Zira,Alhaji Sabo Garta and Tizhe Yame Dzangri.From Mubi LGA were Mr.John Babani Elias and Mr.Philip Alango.It is unfortunate two of my friends who attended the occasion,Mallam Ibrahim Usman Kwada Kwawa and Augustine Wando noted that the master of ceremony,Mr,Ebere Young Acharaikeof Benchmark Events,49 Gnassingbe Eyadema Street,Asokoro,Abuja couldn,t pronounce some of the names properly.I understand other names like Honorable Albert Atiwurcha from Hong were there.Nat Yaduma,whom I have known for long time.Randomly there were also Honorable Jerry Kumdisi.Alhaji Dahiru Bobbo, Dan Madanmi Adamawa.,Alhaji Mohammed Mayas,former Administrator,Uba Development Area and Honorable Jibrilla A,A,Duhu.From the documentaries,I watched on African Independent Television 7am,5 TH May and on Channels, 6 th May,I saw Honorable Ibrahim Abdulmumuni,Honorable Adamu Ali Chagwa former Chairman,Madagali LGA,Mr,Amos Turche Kwaghe.From Yola South and Yola North Local Governments,where my two elder brothers have timber and spare parts businesses,I watched with joy some well known faces like Alhaji Ibrahim Bapetel,the former gubernatorial candidate on the ticket of the Action Congress,Alhaji Abdullahi Bakari,the former candidate to the House of representatives for Girei,Yola North and Yola South on Action Congress ticket.All these came to show support for Turaki Adamawa at the Kano Hall of the Hilton Hotel.It is interesting to note that many of those who have been speaking on the pages of newspapers in support of the leadership of Turaki Adamawa, like Alhaji Ibrahim Babandala ,Honorable Musa Mahmud ,Alhaji Yusufu Adamu,Alhaji Hammani Bazza,the great businessman were all there to give hope and chart another future for Nigerians.Therefore,it is surprising that Jubril Nyako,Murtala Nyako and Bello Tukur could claim that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is not wanted or does not have support on the ground in the state.If most of the elections were not rigged,how could such characters be in power?
I am not finished yet as impeccable credible sources text me that Barrister Adamu Modibbo was there too.So were the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party,Prince Medan Teneke and His Excellency, Chief[Engr],Lynn Nathan former Deputy-Governor of Adamawa State.Still other intimidating gladiators that were present were Dr,Jonathan Silas Zwingina,Alhaji Kassim Njidda,former Managing Director of Afri-Bank,Barrister,Alhaji Abdullahi Nyako,Waziri Kojoli,my boss and Dr,Umar Ardo.my dear friend and a gubernatorial aspirant on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party.Now you can size up and come up with your impression whether Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is a paper weight tiger politician or not.
I can authoritatively tell you that other big names that were Alhaji Njidda Umaru Pariya, Mr.Dedan Pwati Pwalie.a Barrister,Mr.Ibrahim Khalid Ashiru .Comrade Nazir Galadanci.Honorable Alfa Umar Belel.Alhaji Nasir Galla,Alhaji Gambo Garamba Jada,Chief John Manasseh,Waziri Mbula two-time Secretary to Adamawa State Government.He is an alumnus of the Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies. Others that were present were Alhaji Sani Usman Ahmed Yola,Alhaji Yusuf Sadiq,former Chairman,Gombi Local Government Area,Alhaji Bala Girei,a Lagos-based businessman,Mohammed Kintrebor,Chairman,Youth Coalition for Atiku 2011,Alhaji Yawale Boltingo former Chairman Shelleng LG,and ex- member Adamawa House of Assembly,Honorable Mohammed Inuwa Bassi,current member,Adamawa State House of Assembly and Honorable JIM Audu,current Member House of representatives representing Guyuk and Shelleng Federal Constituency.
There were many others like Alhaji Babakano Jada,the oil magnate, Dogo Mai Naira,Alhaji Sadiq Jauro,Mr.Vitalis Passa Njobdi,Chairman.PDP,Yelli Ward,Kojoli District,Jada Local Government ,Shem Dimas from Guyuk.Hajiya Halima Adamu from Yola,Claris Dauda from Numan,Alhaji Bamanga Umar Adada from Fufore ,Hajiya Adda Manga Talba,Alhaji Hussaini Garamba,Mr.Albert Chidama 080 29130353 and Alhaji Aliyu Jabu Mohammed[Walga].Makama Adamawa,a shipping magnate and Managing Director,BulkShip Ltd.There was Engr.Albert Stephen former Chairman.Mayobelwa Local Government Area.You may not know, these names are inexhaustible,but space may not allow us to complete them. I want to say that it is not only from Adamawa State that people came to support Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,former Vice-President at the presentation of re-registered Peoples Democratic Party card,From neighboring states of Borno,Gombe,Taraba,Yobe and Bauchi,there were die- hard supporters.There was Malla Apagu Gadzama,who contested for senatorship in Southern Borno in 2007.Alhaji Umar Kareto from Borno,Alhaji Abubakar Sale Jalingo is from Jalingo,Taraba State.Alhaji Saleh Shehu, who was a minister of Federal Republic of Nigeria was here.He is from Jigawa State.Alhaji Hassan Zurmi who was the pioneer National Chairman of Action Congress was there,Otunba Oyewole Fashawe,Atiku’s friend from Osun State was there.So were Princess Funke Adedoyin from Kwara State and Alhaji Lawal Kaita,former Governor OF Kaduna State,Like I did say from the very beginning of this analysis, history is tilted to favour Atiku Abubakar.Many investigations have indicated that from each of the thirty six states,he has one strong person as a pillar.Let us pick Mr. Peter Okocha in Delta,who has decamped enmasse to the Peoples Democratic Party with all his supporters because of Atiku Abubakar.In Benue State,he has Dr,Iyorchia Ayu,Mr,Shima Ayati,Dr,David Iornem and Mr.Moses Ngwa.In Rivers State,he has Prince Tonye Prinewill,Sergeent Wuse and others.In Ogun State,he has Mrs Titilayo Ajanaku.
In Plateau State,he has Alhaji Yahaya Kwande as a pillar in Kano State,there Mallam Garba Shehu,in Oyo State,there is Dr,Adeolu Akande,in Kogi State,he has Dr.Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba,an author,a writer and media consultant and Chief Akanmode.In Bauchi State he has Senator M.Nazif,Yobe State.Alhaji Tijanni Tumsa,Taraba,Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf,Gombe.Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan,Baraden Gombe,former minister of Power and Steel and Colonel Musa Mohammed[rtd] and many others out there in various states and different fields.Alhaji Atiku Abubakar the former Vice-President is peoples man and is a gift from God.There is no need for others to feel bad that God has blessed some other person in a special way. To end,for us who have been born in Adamawa State, grew up there and ate and slept on the same bed with their children,there is nothing Murtala Nyako and Jubril Aminu can compete with Turaki Adamawa.From the past indices and what has transpired before, when faced with such situations,Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has always triumphed. This one will not be different. He will be victorious and eventually become President,Commander-in-Chief,Federal Republic of Nigeria.My parents are still in Mubi,Adamawa State, where Senator Paul Wampana comes from. My elder brothers are successful businessmen resident in Damilu Ward,in Jimeta,the actual state capital of Adamawa State.The situation is not as complex as others outside think.Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is on top of the situation as he has been.Therefore,there is no cause for alarm because two persons have become afraid that a bigger more skilful team player has decided to join the train.It is a pettiness from two disgruntled elements.
EMEKA CHINEDU, Department of Political Science,
University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria,