Uba Nana’s Victory and the Pains of Talba By Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir
I was dumbfounded reading Talba’s article on the just concluded APC congresses in Bauchi State. Talba is someone I have much admiration for, whom I feel is priming his feet to follow in the footsteps of his late father the legendary Dr. Ibrahim Tahir, however he got it wrong when he asserted that Hon. Uba Ahmed Nana is but a stooge of the duo of Dr. Lame and Mu’azu and thus stands to fail the APC in Bauchi state.
Foremost, let me remind my brother that when APC got registered as a party one of the major problems they foresaw was the possibility of party machinery high-jack or domino effect by any of the allying parties upon others. Each and every member of the defunct parties was assured equal treatment within the new fold.
I do not personally know Hon. Nana, I can only remember the echoes of his name during his tenure asmember of the state executive council under Gov. Mu’azu and later chairman Warji LGA and I do not in a fair assessment see his erstwhile contact with Mu’azu a conclusion that he will chair APC’s exco to the pleasure of his former boss. Well, if it is suya spot gist, we equally heard that Sanin Malam was only in the race at the behest of FCT minister Sen. Bala Muhd in case the later fails to secure PDP’s guber ticket, he has someone to hand him that of APC.
If former affiliations or inclinations are anything to go by, APC wouldn’t have embraced the likes of Mal. Nasir Elrufai, Atiku Abubakar and Rt.Hon. Chibuike Amaechi who were only yesterday staunch PDP members.
To remind my brother Talba once again that, Dr. Lame was part of the few defunct parties members (as ACN representative) that made the merger a reality today and hence should be seen not only as a progressive member but also a leader of the party in the state. After all, as a former senator, the party constitution put him on the list of members of the State Congress.
If his presumed ‘Docta’ in control is a problem, who else would he prefer to take charge of the party? or is ‘Docta’ not a trust worthy any more? I am not of the support of God fatherism in politics but parties need reliable leaders that will put things together in case they fall apart and I am sure Dr. Lame is one.
I am of the belief that any progressive minded Nigerian can never have a conducive atmosphere in the present day PDP that is consumed by gross impunity, monumental corruption, undemocratic leadership both at the party and national levels and gross incompetence in addressing issues of national importance. Unless we come together and work to get rid of the PDP led government, we will all fail as a people and as a nation.
If Talba will admit in his piece that Uba won fair and square, what else would he need to register his loyalty to the party and her leadership? Or is he already used to imposed and rigged-in leaderships as obtains in PDP?
Unless you actually belong to the dying PDP, it is better you stay and help in building a firm foundation for the APC or rather remove your borrowed clothing and let us see to which fold you really belong. The enterprising and dynamic Talba will be better of and will build an enduring edifice of purposeful leadership in the midst of progressives than amidst ‘People Deceiving People’.
While wishing the APC Chairman Elect a fruitful tenure, I equally call on those who lost victory to them to join hands with the new leadership in building a strong and virile opposition so that by 2015 we can all say good riddance to PDP.
Abdulkadir S. Abdulkadir wrote from Bauchi State Nigeria. Can be reached @abdul003