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Last minute power play, vested interest and political intrigues ‘robbed’ Adamawa, other states in first batch


Last minute power play, vested interest and political intrigues ‘robbed’ Adamawa, other states in first batch

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Politics of interest, power play of gullible politicians have deprived states like Adamawa, Kano Lagos from making to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s first list of ministerial nominees.

In Adamawa names like Senator Aishatu Ahmed Binani, Hon Abdulrazaq Namdas, Rt Hon Bala James Ngilari and Rt Hon Martins Babale are popular names rigging the bell of those in the forefront seeking for the appointment.

Others in the forefront intentions for the Adamawa ministerial slot is Professor Mamman Tahir, Dr Modi Halilu.

But all those names none appeared in the first batch of Tinubu’s ministerial list.

A chieftain of the APC who craves anonymity, said President Tinubu in Adamawa is contemplating giving it to a technocrat from the Central zone who is rarely known and a non performing politician.

He revealed Politicians like Senator Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi core party Man and die-hard whose loyalty to the party is unshakable are not found worthy of the seat is something call for concern

The APC Man said Tinubu in Kaduna had earlier settled for his associate, a businessman, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi.

According to him, Abdullahi, popularly known as ‘Umaru Dan Adda,’ is a long-time associate of the president and participated in the 2023 presidential campaign that brought Tinubu to power.

He was a one-time staff of the New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) and served as board member for several parastatals after his retirement.

However, another contender for the ministerial seat, Abubakar Inuwa Kari, the immediate past Chief of Staff to Governor Inuwa Yahaya and ally to President Tinubu, also pushed harder for the seat.

He was one of the returning officers of Tinubu during the APC’s Presidential election. He was not reappointed as chief of staff by Governor Yahaya in anticipation of his likely nomination as a ministerial nominee.

Also, a heavy-weight politician, Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna was contending to get the ministerial slot for Gombe to represent the state at the Federal Executive Council. Gwamna was a gubernatorial aspirant under the PDP, but returned to APC, after he lost the party’s ticket and contributed immensely towards the victory of the party. According to the source, the failure to reconcile and pick one from the three contenders made it impossible for a ministerial nominee from the state to be in the first batch unveiled by Senate President Godswill Akpabio yesterday.