The ambition of Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani to lead Adamawa State as governor is facing serious threats as plans to suspend the guvernorship flagbearer from APC ahead of the March general election thickens over her romance with the presidential candidate of PDP Atiku Abubakar.
It was learnt that the internal crisis rocking the party is not yet over as some powerful elements within the party hierarchy have sworn to teach the APC guvernorship candidate a bitter lesson for her double standards.
The party has recently witnessed gales of suspensions of some powerful members over alleged anti-party activities with Senator Ishaku Abbo and Mustapha Ribadu, the state organizing secretary of the party becoming the victims.
“This time around a big fish in the person of Binani will be hooked by the party for romancing with Atiku at the detriment of our presidential candidate. That is the price she must pay for trachery,” a source in the party disclosed.
Snippets from her Mbamoi ward also indicated that the ward executives are bracing to suspend Binani for sacrificing the ambition of the presidential candidate of APC Bola Ahmed Tinubu in favour of her own candidature.
“We understand that the APC candidate in Adamawa has entered into a marriage of convenience with some top PDP elements in the state who are working against the ambition of governor Fintiri. It was learnt that Binani has agreed to work for Atiku in the presidential election in lieu of their support in the guvernorship race. We can’t tolerate such intransigence.
“Piqued by this development, powerful forces in the party are working round the clock to rock the ambition of Binani and have already gone far with their plans,” another source revealed.
Apart from the lone support of former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, the major APC stakeholders in Adamawa State including wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, Senator Muhammadu Jibrilla Bindow, Walin Ganye et all are believed to be working hard to truncate the ambition of Binani.
A source in the party noted that even Nyako was forced to support Binani not on principle but by the exigencies, dynamics and context of Adamawa politics.
“Binani has paved the way for Nyako’s eldest son Sen. Abdulaziz Nyako to get the party’s central senatorial ticket on a platter of gold and the fact that Nyako has a political grudge to settle against Fintiri and Dr. Umar Ardo, the SDP governorship candidate, for his impeachment in 2014 made it a must for Nyako to support Binani’s ambition,” a party source disclosed.
While already former governor Bindow in his resolve to ensure the defeat of the APC candidate has officially announced his departure to PDP, many in the rank and file of APC foot soldiers and pro-Tinubu support groups within the party are discussing with the SDP candidate. All are drafting their supporters to start mobilizing for the ultimate defeat of Binani ahead of 2023 general election.