As preparations ahead of the forthcoming Local Government elections in Adamawa State reached its crescendo, one local government which promises to present tough contest between the aspirants is Song local government FOMBINATIMES can reveal.
Going by the diverse ethnic configuration of the Local Government Area, the election of its chairmanship witness some surprising turns as primordial factors such as ethnic and clannish interest rather than substance may determine who emerges the next Chairman.
The local government created in 1976 comprises of eleven political wards, they are; Dumne, Gudu Mboi, Sigire, Song Gari, Song Waje, Kilange Funa, Kilange Hirna, Zumo, Dirma, Waltandi, and Suktu.
The major tribes in the eleven wards are, Mboi, Yungur, Holma, Bata, Fulani, Zumo, Gudu and few others.
As the epic contest draws nearer, politicians are deploying underhand schemes and political brinkmanship including subterfuge, mudslinging and even obfuscation to create confusion among the ranks of the electorates so as to have an easy sail at the polls.
The two leading political parties; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state have started preparations in earnest to outwit each other after the state electoral umpire announced willingness and preparedness to conduct election into the third tier of government in the state.
The ruling party in the state, PDP has presented four aspirants who are going to slug it out during the party primaries. They are; Hon Muhammed Gidado Abdulsalam, Hon Adamu Agonja, Aminu Zal, and Hon Yakubu Kinto while Hon Musa Bobboi and Lazarus Kefas are pursuing their ambitions under the banner of APC.
A political analyst Sani Shehu, while dissecting the scenario that will play out said: “Election of who emerges the party’s flagbearers will be more determined by tribe, religion and creed affiliation rather than substance.”
Findings by our reporter indicated the existence of a tacit alliance between the Yungur people who control four wards namely; Dumne, Dirma, Waltandi, and Suktu with the people of Mboi who have two wards namely; Gudu Mboi and Sigre.
This means if the alliance is successfully consummated, out of the eleven wards Yungur and Mboi ethnic groups will be comfortably in control of six.
Its is also worthy to note that nobody from the four wards of Yungur indicated interest to vie for the council chairmanship while three people from Mboi zone have already thrown their hats into the ring.
A local politician from the area informed FOMBINATIMES that, there was a tacit agreement of a sort to divide positions between the wards and tribes of the local government.
“Yungur and Mboi supported Song District in producing member house of representative Dr. Mustapha Saidu. Yungur zone was supported to produce the member state Assembly Hon Simon Isa and now its time for Mboi to produce the council chairman.
Standing of the aspirants
Adamu Agonja (Alge) PDP
Hon Adamu Agonja, popularly known as Alge seems to be the favorite of Mboi people, their support for him was demonstrated during a kind of mock election conducted by the people of Mboi to pick a consensus candidate, Alge was chosen on three consecutive times in rapid succession as the anointed candidate.
Alge a holder of diploma in law from college for legal studies was a former PDP local government chairman, a former council vice chairman and a former councillor representing Gudu Mboi ward.
Muhammad Gidado Abdulsalam (PDP)
Muhammed Gidado Abdulsalam, popularly known as Agida, is one of the most popular politicians and a consistent party man, he is from Song Gari ward, same ward with the current member house of representative Dr Mustapha Saidu.
Agida as he is fondly called by friends and admirers is a holder of Bachelor degree from Bayero University, Kano.
Apart from his educational qualification which puts him ahead of his opponents, he is also a grassroots politician and a mobiliser. He seems to be the arrow head of Dr Mustapha Saidu political movement. He was a former councillor representing Song Gari ward.
Even though some pundits are saying Yangur zone may support any candidate from Mboi zone with the contest of Hon Gidado Abdulsalam the equation may change, as he seemed to have support from the four wards of Yungur, he was the coordinator of the present member representing Song LG Hon Simon Isa and has delivered the job successfully. It may be, a payback time for Hon Simon Isa to also reciprocate the gesture.
Another factor going for Hon Gidado is the fact that he has been on the same page with the current local government Acting chairman Hon Barkindo Sector.
The acting chairman is also from Song Waje ward that is the same district with Hon Gidado. The political pendulum will be decided by which side Dr Mustapha Saidu throws his weight.
Yakubu Kinto (PDP)
Hon Yakubu Kinto a graduate of GDSS Song is also a force to reckon with, as he is a grassroots mobiliser.
Kinto is also coming from Mboi, but according to information privy to FOMBINATIMES, the people of Mboi are very angry with the former councillor because he refused to step down for their preferred candidate even after a mock election.
His experience as the former PDP chairman may counts for him. Hon Kinto’s touted friendship with governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri may also be a factor for him.
Aminu Zal (PDP)
Hon Aminu Zal is also from Mboi land, where other two aspirants are coming from. The stakeholders of Mboi had indicated interest to throw their support to only one candidate and from look of things, it may not be him.
He is also a close associate of Hon Simon Isa member representing Song LG.
Hon Musa Bobboi (APC)
Hon Musa Bobboi is from Kilange Funa ward of Zumo district. An acclaimed mobiliser and grassroots politician, Hon Musa was former councillor representing Kilange Funa ward and a former chairman Zumo development area.
Even though he was a special assistant to former Adamawa state governor Bindow Umaru Jibrilla and a member of the APC, it was believed he supported Dr Mustapha Saidu who contested the member house of representative under the platform of the PDP against the APC candidate Hon Sadiq Dasin in the last election. He is seen in the realm of a traitor who carved a niche in anti-party betrayal. But his closeness to Hon Saad Tahir a former council chairman may be an advantage to him.
Lazarus Kefas (APC)
Despite the low profile and sinking fortunes of APC in Song LGA, Hon Lazarus Kefas is always a force to reckon with. He is a man suited to clinch the party ticket at any time.
The stakeholders of the party seem to be more comfortable with him because of his closeness to Hon Dabuto the party chairman and the immediate former member representing Song LGA in the last Adamawa state house of Assembly.
He contested primary election against Hon Sufiyanu Mulleng in 2015 and gave him a good run for his money.
He is a close associate of almost all the APC stakeholders in Song LG, ranging from former member Hon Mulleng, former commissioner, Barr Zumo and Hon Ibrahim Abdulmumini. He is said to be close to Senator Aisha Ahmed Binani, the Senator representing Adamawa central.