Senator Abdulaziz Nyako.
… Says The Ratio Of Muslim Lawmakers In State Assembly Has Always Favoured Moslem Majority!
The call by Senator Abdulaziz Murtala Nyako for a Muslim – Muslim ticket in Adamawa State despite its multi-ethnic, multi-religion composition is now generating some controversy.
The Senator who represented Adamawa Central between 2015 and 2019, hinged his call on the Niger and Kaduna States models alluding that it is also possible to replicate same in Adamawa State.
Aziz made his intentions known in the aftermath of last Saturday’s Adamawa All Progressives Congress (APC) Party State Delegates Congress.
His statement was necessitated by the outcome of the APC State Congress which was characterized with divergence interests from many prominent Party members scheming to form or have control of the delegates at the event
Senator Aziz made it clear that block voting on the part of all especially the Christian community would one day backfire .
He said Adamawa State will one day be like Niger State, Kaduna States that hitherto had Muslim-Christian Governors, or Christian-Muslim Governor but are now having Muslim-Muslim noting that Gombe State could possibly follow suit.
Party faithful were polorized between the factions loyal to Hon Vrati Nzonzo and Ibrahim Bilal.
Nyako’s posturing was in response to BD Lawal’s earlier statement, which drew the attention of Party members to the effect that if care is not taking, the Party will be heading for doom in 2023 if the issue of zoning the Southern zone is not given prime attention.
BD’s support for Vrati is for the Party to zone the Chairmanship position to the southern zone to assuage the nerves of Christians in the Party.
Engr. Lawal, Sen Ishaku .Abbo, Sen Grace Bent, Sen. Ahmed Abubakar are some of the stakeholders agitating that the Party Chairmanship slot be given to the Southern Senatorial District for fair play and inclusion.
Babachir’s postion which was leaked from a Whatsapp group believed to be dominated by Adamawa politicians from the Central Senatorial Zone of the APC Party read:
“Maybe some of you do not know what happened or you know but choose to pretend otherwise.”
“Please, indulge me to give you another narrative of yesterday’s APC congress outcome.”
“This party lost 2019 primarily because Christian voters felt shortchanged by the Party and the then government. Additionally, there was then a full-blown guerilla war between the Bachama Kingdom (Christians) and Pastoralist aka Fulani Herdsmen (moslems) which Christians viewed as being sponsored (or tolerated) by the APC government both at National and sub-national levels.”
“We went into the 2019 general elections under this situation. Aside from losing the Governorship and several National Assembly positions, other key outcomes were of the 13 ADHA members elected on the platform of PDP, 10 are Christians while of the 11 elected on the platform of APC, there is not a single Christian. The one of ADC was also a Muslim. Therefore in the 25-man ADHA, 10 are Christians (all from PDP) while 15 are Muslims.”
He said what happened was that in any Constituency that had a Muslim community (even in an insignificant number), the Party and the then government manipulated the primary election processes such that only a Muslim could emerge with the Party’s ticket to the general election).
David said the party was left to the voters to do the needful and, they did by voting in PDP which had a more fair process hence their outcome.
He noted that it will not be wrong if APC is perceived by Christians as a Muslim Party, despite the preponderance of senior Christian politicians in the Party which they regard as cowards and Muslim apologists.
“The truth is that majority of the senior Muslim stakeholders of the Party in Adamawa State consider politics as an Islamic missionary enterprise and seem to care less about winning general elections.”
“But I am sure majority of our party members will agree with me that we must carry all the segments of the State along if we are to have any chance of defeating this PDP government.”
“In the light of these noted facts, some of us well-meaning senior Party members (from both religions) after a series of meetings in Abuja agreed that we could address this challenges head-on by having a competent Chairman (Christian) from the Southern Senatorial zone and a competent Secretary (Muslim) from the Northern Senatorial Zone. This, we thought could address a major fault line in our Party. The motive was simply to position the APC for victory in the 2023 general elections in the state and nothing more. We had no preference as to who will be the candidates in the 2023 elections. The issue did not even come up.’
“Now after the meeting dispersed and having agreed on a zoning formula that reflects our decisions, some Muslim members of the group decided to withdraw assent and reverted to playing the religious card as sanctioned by their Muslim communities in the State; a very sad development given the profile of the people involved.”
“Again, a group of cowboys from Abuja, determined by hook and crook, to retain the existing ineffective, self-serving, and compromisable executives, to frustrate this effort. They did this by bribing, harassing, threatening, and intimidating both delegates and contestants alike. As dishonest and fraudulent people that they are, they also falsely paraded Aso Rock and party headquarters connections that could not possibly sanction their dubious project.”
“The religion of Islam was used to harass and intimidate both candidates and delegates. They sold the dummy that Senator Cliff Abbo and I were seeking to impose a Christian Chairman on a Muslim party and this should be resisted at all costs. ”
“Now’ as might be possible and likely, supposing APC somehow ends up fielding a Muslim governorship candidate in the 2023 elections, how are we going to win an election that parades a Muslim Governorship candidate and a party with a Muslim chairman (plus an executive committee parading 80% Muslims in all the strategic positions)? ”
“Again, how can a Party Executive that found itself in office based on one religion seeking to dominate another lead us to victory in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society like ours?
How can we with all these fault lines defeat an incumbent? ‘
“By way of conclusion, I will simply say we have recklessly surrendered our Party to a group of self-serving and incompetent “one chance” fraudsters and we should be ready to reap in 2023 what we have just sown.’
“May God bless those who think there is hope yet. Optimism is a noble virtue.”
Nyako in his reply to BD Lawal insisted that the State House of Assembly Muslims lawmakers are the majority. As the ratio has being Muslim lawmakers are more in number than Christian legislators in Adamawa House of Assembly, according to him the records are there for BD to check.
“I am referring to the day that you were hyped up on the Christian Community being the determinant factor in Adamawa Politics. Perhaps it was a Freudian Slip. May I therefore humbly conclude that this perhaps is your language and not necessarily that of the Christian Community).”
” Lagos State for me is the best model for Adamawa State where the best Christian and Muslim minds are in both Parties. The State is, therefore, able to bring Governors in a majority Muslim State through sound politicking and careful negotiations.” Nyako concluded.
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