Between Bafarawa And Wamakko: A Tale Of Two Homogeneous Politicians, By Usama Dandare
For a brief preamble, I am not going to dissipate your precious time going around the mere allotment of revealing to you all you need to know about the tragedy waiting to befall the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the upcoming 2019 gubernatorial election in Sokoto State. Ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled for today September 30th, about four candidates (Senator Abubakar Gada, Engineer A.A Gumbi, Alh. Ahmed Aliyu and Faruk Malami Yabo) have been intensifying their consultations and lobbying to clinch the party’s ticket, but a major setback is hindering the entire political processes within the APC family.
Senator Aliyu Wamakko who’s the state’s party leader is trying to dominate the entire process and install, against all odds, a less popular candidate at the detriment of whatever nemesis. Akin to a similar move that impaired the political career of former governor Attahiru Bafarawa.
The same arrogance that ended Bafarawa’s political dynasty is the same arrogance that’s presently hunting Senator Wamakko. In 2007, Bafarawa thought he was immortal and his reign is imperishable, he simply overrated his importance and at same time thought he can dictate the future of Sokoto politics.
Basking on the euphoria that his choice is sacrosanct for all Sakkwatawa, Bafarawa went on to present an unpopular candidate, Maigari Dingyadi, as his gubernatorial candidate under DPP against the wishes of all and sundry. ALAS, Bafarawa and his anointed candidate were overwhelmingly defeated in the electoral humiliation of April 14, 2007, in a political hurricane that swept across the entire nooks and crannies of Sokoto state.
Not enough to be a lesson for a man who comfortably rode on the crest of that political hurricane. Senator Aliyu Wamakko is now hell-bent on stepping into Bafarawa’s shoe, he’s hours away from ended his own political dynasty with his own political arsenals. Wamakko today hold a sentiment that he’s a minor deity, a mortal who’s indispensable in the politics of Sokoto State and a demigod who can dictate the choice of Sakkwatawa.
The once masses friendly Wamakko has now developed a reputation for rudeness and intellectual arrogance, to an extent that his effrontery and lordliness has pushed him into believing he owns Sokoto APC and everyone in the state must be answerable to his command. This was exactly who Bafarawa thought he was when he fielded Maigari Dingyadi in 2007, and surprisingly, the same arrogance is now pushing Wamakko to field a very frailed Ahmed Aliyu, a political underdog who lacks all the moral and intellectual capabilities to be a leader.
Albeit he was a two term commissioner during Wamakko’s regime and the incumbent spare tyre to Governor Aminu Tambuwal, yet, he’s still the weakest and the most unsound among the four candidates jostling for the APC gubernatorial ticket. He lack charisma, composure, experience, civilization and the moral values required for leadership. He has no track record of service, no history of credibility neither that of integrity, all he has is his tight relationship with Senator Wamakko which obviously is for a reason known to all.
As sensible and erudite he is heaving in sight, Wamakko need to immediately ponder on the possibility of changing his mind about imposing Ahmed Aliyu. Else, he is substantiating the widely speculated notion that his notorious red chamber colleagues (Bukola Saraki & co.) defected to the PDP and left him to completely destroy APC before returning to his former den. He is undoubtedly on a mission to hand PDP a last minute penalty kick in the race to Lodge Road.
If truly Wamakko is out for the good of APC and the state not for his vested interest as widely speculated, then fielded a wrong and a more weaker candidate where there are more stronger ones should be out of his sight. It’s completely astonishing to how he failed to understand that he’ll be in a very hot soup if PDP return to power in Sokoto, and any slight selfishness will result to that. It’s for his own good not to give PDP a soft challenge, else, he should cry not for his political demise for he might never have a befitting burial.
Usama Dandare, a social commentator write from Sokoto.