APC Members Clash Over Prayers for Buhari In Adamawa

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From Tom Garba, Yola
Factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State at the weekend clashed at a prayer session held at the party secretariat by supporters of a former Governor of the state, Murtala Nyako, for the quick recovery of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nyako’s supporters held the prayers under the banner of an association tagged, Buhari Osinbajo Again (BOA).
Some stakeholders who stormed the venue of the prayer questioned the motive behind it and declared that it was politically motivated and not really for the good health of the President who is still receiving treatment in London, United Kingdom. According to them, a common ground should have been chosen to hold such an important event and not the APC secretariat.
Another allegation raised was that no official of the Adamawa State government, including Governor Mohammed Bindow, attended the rally which attracted mostly Nyako’s loyalists. In fact some youths carrying placards with the governor’s pictures were manhandled and bundled out of the event. Even the Personal Assistant to the governor’s Chief of Staff, Abdulramah Abba Jimeta, was beaten up for coming to the occasion.
“Politicians like to take advantage of every situation in order to test their strength and publicity, such occasion should have been held in common ground like the popular Ribadu Square meant for such occasion not the APC secretariat” one of the stakeholders said on condition of anonymity.
However political pundits said what transpired at the event was a clear indication that the APC in Adamawa has a serious internal crisis, which if not addressed on time could spell doom for the ruling party just as it occurred to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
Responding to the allegations, Chairman of BOA, Yahaya Hammanjulde, said the prayer session was organized in good faith and nothing more.
Asked whether he invited the governor and other government officials to the event, Hammanjulde said “no”, adding however, that it was the state government that should invite them to such an event if it holds one and not the other way round.
Hammanjulde said the prayer was not about politics but to pray for the nation and President Buhari’s recovery in the United Kingdom.

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