Local Government (LG) Stakeholders of All Progressives Congress (APC) have reiterated their commitment as foot soldiers and made sure that they play a role for the party to win all electives positions in 2023.
The APC stakeholders under the auspices of the All Local Government Association of Nigeria (ALGON) during an engagement meeting with Mallam Jamilu Yusuf, a party staunch loyalist said they will work tirelessly by making sure PDP loses in the state.
According to them, they are proud members of the party, remain faithful as grassroots mobilizers and their support for the party will make Atiku Abubakar, PDP Presidential candidate never to win in Adamawa state despite his status as an indigene of the state.
They equally reiterated that the APC gubernatorial candidate, Senator Aishatu Ahmed Dahiru Binani will give the incumbent Governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri a sleepless night.
They revealed how the PDP are having a jittery of failure, because of Binani they have made an abruptly change of a running mate from male to female.
“We are confident that Binani will beat Fintiri hands down.” They stated
The 21 Local Government Chairmen had a fruitful discussions with the organizer of the meeting, Jamilu who invited them to fashion out ways that the party through them will remain one, united for the coming 2023 General Elections.
The party men who took turns and talked one after the other vowed to remain committed as the Foot soldiers armed with combatants troops to win the election.
The ALGON Chairman who is also party Chairman of Girei LG, Abubakar Audu was the chairman of the meeting held Sunday at Madugu hotel in Yola.
He said the party needs to appraise the last primaries that saw the emergence of its candidates into various political offices.
He expressed worries that the last primaries were much beneficial to delegates who can hardly influence a single vote at the detriment of their commitment as the party’s foot soldiers who were being relegated to the backdrop.
He however said that the APC in Adamawa is equal to the task of beating Atiku Abubakar as PDP presidential candidate in the state.
They however Stated their worries by drawing the attention of critical stakeholders at the state and the national level to bring out a reconciliation strategic plan for the party to use in reconciling ailing members.
Audu vowed to use his men as the party’s grassroots campaigners, engaging people from door to door, village to village propagating the APC agenda of all candidates.
“We are lovers of APC in full, we are not going back on our support for the party. Unfortunately, We are not being carried along by the party leadership in the state and at the National level, but because it is our party we will ensure we win all elective positions.
“Let there be a synergy of work that all party men and women will stand their ground to work for APC and the Interest of the party should be protected at all cost.” He said
He continued to say that no matter how an elective leader in the party is far better than the leader who is elected in a different party.
He emphasized a true reconciliation is the party’s panacea to winning an election else is going to be a struggle in futility.
“Let there be true reconciliation of all party men, then we can boast of winning election in 2023. Our major problem in APC is to resolve our differences, reconcile warring factions and individuals, once we have this we are good to go for a landslide victory.” He added
The Chairmen during the engagement meeting which was intended to foster unity and avert a looming crisis in the party, are confident that APC is having sellable candidates who are electable products more than any other party.
They have shifted blame for the failure and weaknesses of the party to a class of politicians they referred to as “Abuja politicians”.
According to them, they are the problem of APC in Adamawa state, neglecting them as the people with the grassroots to those who do not know what it is involve in local politics
The organizer of the meeting, Jamilu while given his final remark said the essence is to have a debris and appraisal of the last primaries, to forge ahead for the next line of action.
As a concerned party man, Jamilu who has a stronger belief in the party structure as a political institution not for any individuals because APC is bigger than any candidate said is after APC winning all elections.
According to him, he convened them for a talk on how APC will progress by winning the election in 2023 using them as primary party fighters
He charged then to stand strong as combatants soldiers of the party that they cannot retreat nor surrender.
He recalled that in 1999 Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of PDP brought Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to the people of Adamawa state as a reliable politician and they voted for him.
” This time around, we are bringing Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as the most trusted politician and we want him to vote for our candidate,” Jamilu said
He enjoined them to always have constant meetings and brainstorm over matters of winning elections in the coming 2023 elections.