A serious inter-party crisis has engulfed the Labour Party (LP) Presidential campaign in Adamawa State, following the boycott of Peter Obi by the Governorship candidate and other candidates.
The party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Ahmed, arrived in Yola on Tuesday, despite the absence of the governorship candidate, Umar Mustapha, and other stakeholders from the party’s 21 local government areas.
Members of the party who were dissatisfied, including governorship candidate, senatorial candidates, House of Representatives candidates, and State House of Assembly candidates in the state, have complained that they were being schemed out of the program.
They accused Mr Babachir Lawal, the former Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation, of hijacking the Labour Party and handing over the party’s governorship candidate and other positions to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Umar Madawaki, the governorship candidate, told reporters in Yola that Adamawa Labour Party, LP, candidates have decided to boycott the party’s presidential rallies in the state beginning today, Tuesday, January 31, 2023, ahead of the general elections.
Madawaki said that “as a governorship candidate, he is the leader of the party in the state, therefore all arrangements for the party’s presidential campaign were done without the notice of either of the candidates of the party which he alleged that the former SGF has a hand in the scheme to weed them out”.
Babachir was quoted as saying, “Who are you referring to as your gubernatorial candidate, I don’t know who’s a candidate?” when asked about Madawaki.
Umar Madawaki considered it impolite to come to Adamawa as a presidential candidate without first paying homage to the Chairman of the State’s traditional ruler.
“Can you imagine! A Presidential rally, to be held in Numan, the southern senatorial district and in Mubi, the northern senatorial district, while it’s only a town hall meeting that would be held in Yola, the state capital, he fumed.
According to Umar, it is customary for presidential candidates visiting the state to visit Lamido Adamawa’s palace as their first port of call before beginning their campaign, but in this case, the monarch will be visited after the Numan and Mubi rallies.
He claimed that the planned presidential campaign will only feature Peter Obi as the LP’s presidential candidate to vote for, while all other positions, from Governorship to State Assembly, should go to PDP candidates, describing it as a democratically unhealthy romance.
Umar Mustafa claimed that Babachir David Lawal, who found it uncomfortable to remain in the APC and that integrity challenges could not be sustained, would not gain entry into the PDP, has bulldozed his way into the Labour Party and is plotting to hijack the party at the state level, using ethno-religious sentiment as a divide and conquer strategy to mortgage state structures and candidates to the PDP.