There is a humming, a warming-up on the Douguri seat of the Adamawa state government house of who are the likely political gazers eyeing the number one seat.
In the ever-evolving embroidery of Nigerian politics, Adamawa State always stands at the edge of a significant juncture as it is already preparing for the 2027 governorship race. The political landscape in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) alone is populated by four formidable contenders so far, each with a distinct set of strengths that will shape the state’s trajectory in the coming years. As the political theatre unfolds, the question on everyone’s mind resonates: “Who will the cap fit in 2027?”
At the forefront of this political drama is Auwal D. Tukur, the incumbent Secretary to the Government (SSG), whose candidacy relies on the convincing political legacy of his father. Born into a family with a father who served as both Governor of the defunct Gongola state and National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Tukur carries the weight of his familial history.
The advantages are evident—an established political structure and the potential to harness his father’s network. However, the path is not without thorns. Tukur finds himself entangled in a web of controversy regarding his birthplace, with conflicting claims of the Jada and Yola Local Governments. This discord has led to a rejection by the people of Jada and skepticism from those in Yola.
The historical context of his previous claim in 1998 and his current affiliation may pose a significant disadvantage in the central zone, which has never produced a governor. In 1998, Auwal Tukur faced scrutiny over his birthplace when he claimed the central zone. This historical episode, combined with his current alignment with the zone, may not sit well with the central zone voters in the upcoming election. The people of the central zone may be wary of Tukur’s sudden association, questioning the authenticity of his connection and commitment to their interests. The central zone, having never had a governor, is likely to scrutinize Tukur’s intentions closely. The historical grievances and the need for authentic representation make the central zone a critical battleground in the 2027 election.
Tukur’s potential claim to the central zone, given his historical controversy, may not be easily overlooked by voters who seek a candidate genuinely dedicated to the zone’s progress and development. Additionally, Tukur’s governance resume bears the mark of a single term served as a Member of the House of Representatives two decades ago, leaving questions about his preparedness for the challenges of leading a state.
In a political landscape marked by dynasties, Adamu Atiku Abubakar emerges as one of the contenders, wielding the Atiku surname, synonymous with Nigerian politics. Currently serving as the Commissioner of Works in the State, Adamu brings a youthful exuberance to the table. As the son of former Vice President Waziri Atiku Abubakar, he inherits a legacy loaded with both advantages and challenges. While the Atiku name carries considerable weight, Adamu faces the uphill task of stepping out from his father’s shadow. His relative lack of experience, coupled with a disconnect from grassroots politics, poses challenges in building a broad-based support structure. The question of whether Adamu can carve out his political identity while navigating the difficulties of familial legacies remains unanswered.
In the group of contenders, Morris Bonobolki assumes a distinct role as a seasoned banker venturing into the political arena. Having contested for the governorship in 2011 and the Senate in 2019, Bonobolki brings a unique perspective shaped by his financial acumen. His determination to secure electoral victories is evident in his multiple attempts. However, electoral success has remained subtle, and Bonobolki finds himself navigating the political terrain with minimal public sector experience. The lack of a substantial political network raises questions about his ability to garner grassroots support and effectively translate financial acumen into political capital. Maurice is possibly the most educated among all the visible and known hopeful Governors. He hold an award winning Bsc. Msc, MBA and PhD. He became a chartered accountant 26yrs ago, ten years before people like Iya Abbas qualified as one. He an emerald scholar in many International universities. If you put Maurice as the front burner candidate he may spring surprises.
Amidst these contenders, Senator Aminu Iya Abbas emerges as a breath of fresh air, offering a dynamic blend of youth, education, and political acumen. Abbas, the youngest and hold a considerate level of education that can lead well the number one seat of Adamawa State, has traversed the corridors of power with an impressive track record. From meritorious service at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to multiple terms in the Adamawa State House of Assembly, including a stint as Speaker, Abbas has accrued a wealth of experience. His leadership style, characterized by vibrancy and progressiveness, resonates particularly well with the younger demographic—a segment of the electorate yearning for forward-thinking governance.
A crucial aspect setting Abbas apart is his profound connection to the grassroots. Representing the Adamawa Central Senatorial zone, he has cultivated an intimate understanding of the challenges faced by the people at the local level. This grassroots connection, coupled with his commitment to inclusive governance, positions Abbas as a candidate capable of bridging the gap between the state’s leadership and its diverse populace. Remarkably, Senator Abbas is uniquely poised to bridge divides among the diverse ethnic communities in Adamawa State. His background and experience suggest a leader capable of fostering unity and understanding across various groups. Moreover, Abbas’s commitment to inclusivity extends beyond ethnicity to address religious intolerance—an issue that has, at times, strained the state’s social fabric.
Adamawa State, with its diverse ethnic and religious makeup, has faced challenges in fostering harmonious coexistence. Senator Abbas, with his people-centric approach, aims to create a more inclusive and tolerant environment. His record of service at the EFCC and as a Speaker in the State House of Assembly reflects a commitment to fairness, justice, and the well-being of all residents, irrespective of their background. The central zone, which has never produced a governor, stands to gain not just in terms of representation but also in the potential for increased understanding and cooperation among communities. Senator Abbas’s candidacy, therefore, takes on added significance as a beacon of hope for a more united and harmonious Adamawa State.
As the political narrative continues to unfold, the question of “Who will the cap fit in 2027?” resounds with increasing urgency. While each contender contributes a unique chapter to the story, Senator Aminu Iya Abbas emerges as a frontrunner with a comprehensive narrative. His promise of inclusive leadership, economic development, and social progress aligns with the aspirations of Adamawa State residents.
In Abbas, the electorate may find a candidate capable of navigating the delicate balance between experience and innovation, tradition and progress. The cap, it seems, may indeed find its perfect fit in Senator Aminu Iya Abbas, heralding a new era of leadership and possibility for Adamawa State. As the electorate navigates the complexities of the political landscape, the contours of the state’s future may well be shaped by the vision, experience, and grassroots connection that Abbas brings to the forefront.
Dr. K.J Paul is a Political Analyst and a Public Commentator. He wrote this piece from Abuja, Nigeria