The crisis rocking the Taraba State chapter of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) have taken a nosedive as
some critical stakeholders of the party are threatening to
collapse the entire party structure into another political
party, following what they called negligence of the chapter
of the party by the national leadership.
A stakeholder who spoke to our correspondent in
confidence on Sunday said that the party has done very
well in ensuring that President Muhammadu Buhari gets
overwhelming support in the state since 2015 but was
disappointed that the President has never reciprocated the
gesture to the party.
He said that the failure of the President to appoint another
Minister for Taraba several months after he dropped the
then Minister of Power Saleh Mamman has shown clearly
that the President may not have the interest of the party at
heart especially now that the party is warming up for
another general election.
“In 2015, the APC gave the President overwhelming
support in Taraba. Infact, you will remember that the
crowd that came out to welcome him was so much that it
led to a stampede and the death of several persons. The
only thing we got was the minister of Women Affairs who
later left the party ahead of the 2019 elections. We went
into that election almost naked. Even at that, we still have
him landslide in Taraba.
“Now again, after the 2019 elections, the President
appointed someone who was little known in the party and
he could not galvanize the party. But at least he was there.
Sadly, we are facing the next general elections and there
is no clear plan for the party. Several months after the
President sacked the minister, Taraba state has remained
with a minister and no serious national appointee. This is
detrimental for the party.
“We had hoped that the President will look at the records
and see those that actually worked for the party over the
years and appoint someone who has the track record of
bringing the people together so that all the issues
bothering the party could be addressed and yet nothing is
been done. So what is the point staying in the party? As it
is, the party needs a leader apart from the state officials
who can bring all the stakeholders together to sort out our
issues and prepare ahead of 2023.
“I can tell you in confidence that already consultation is
underway to move the party structure in Taraba to another
party. What is the point staying when we are not
appreciated and have been abandoned by our leaders?
What is the motivation here when hard work and absolute
loyalty counts as nothing? It is this same action that cost
the party Taraba state governorship in 2019. We can not
sit back and watch that happen again.
“To further worsen the situation, we learnt that some
people in government are lobbying for some persons who
are either not party members at all or are, at best,
Fairweather members, to get tickets and appointments.
What message are they trying to send to those that have
worked faithfully and tirelessly for the party? So don’t be
surprised if you wake up tomorrow to witness the death of
the APC and birth of a new party in the state”.
The APC has been through some challenging times in the
state with some attributing it to a lack of clearly
acceptable leader of the party at the state level who can
bring all the stakeholders to a round table and sort out
their differences in a manner that will be tolerable by all
Another member of the party Alhaji Sani Umar noted that
the reward system of the party seems to work well
everywhere else except in Taraba state.
Umar said that “the APC does not consider Taraba chapter
of the party for anything at all. As a state where the
President won election back to back even though the PDP
is the ruling party in the state, it is sad that we are not
considered for appointments and other good things that
come with been in leadership.