Cabinet reshuffle is eminent in Adamawa state, as at least eight commissioners in the Senator Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, led APC controlled state Government, have pulled out of the APC in support of the former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar Waziri Adamawa.
The serving commissioners , who are known as Atiku boys and girls, that opted to pull out of the APC in support of their master , includes Dr Fatima Atiku Abubakar, currently the commissioner of health in the state., the commissioner of works and housing, Barrister Lilian Stephen, the commissioner of land and survey, Yayaji Mijinyawa and the the commissioner of youths and sports, Mr Augustine Ayuba.Others are Alhaji Daware, Commerce and Trade and Ahmadu Waziri, Agriculture.
The decision of the commissioners to go with their principal, Atiku Abubakar, out of the APC, has totally crippled the activities of the state government in the last three weeks as it means over half of the cabinet might have effectively pulled out.
What is not yet known is whether the State Governor , Bindowo and his deputy , Martins Babale, would also eventually pull out of the party.The Waziri Atiku was believed to have funded the 2015 Governorship elections of the Governor. A fact which has pitted most of the stakeholders of the party against the Governor as they accused him of being loyal to the Waziri.
It would be recalled that the chairman of the state branch of the party APC Alhaji Ibrahim Bilal, had while endorsing President Mohammed Buhari for 2019 presidential race asked party members not to be comfortable with the decision to align themselves with the majority or opt out as the APC was
interested in keeping a united front.The call to shape up or ship out by Bilal has not gone down well with most of the state government functionaries, who belonged to the Atiku’s platform .
Alhaji Yayaji Mijinyawa, the commissioner of land and survey, confirmed to METROWATCH. that his loyalty and some others is to the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
” Waziri Atiku is our leader , our associations with him dates a long while. It would be childish for anybody to think we would go against him”
“Even , if some of us are deserting the Waziri now due to the pressure of
office, definitely you don’t expect his own daughter, Dr Fatima, to desert
him, and remember, Waziri funded the campaign of this party in 2015, his
funds brought this government to power”.
Meanwhile , all arrangements have been concluded for the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, Wazirin Adamawa, to register his new party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, at his kojoli ward, Jada local government council area, next tuesday 5th December 2017, before heading to the party national convention this same December as an observer.
Barrister Abba T . Shehu, the Adamawa state chairman of the PDP, confirming the arrangements to METROWATCH, said the pulling out of Atiku Abubakar out of APC, would ground the party in the north east.
Written By Matthew Onah in yola
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