Adamawa: I walked out on APC over I’ll treatment, lack of respect – Barguma

A former majority leader of Adamawa State House of assembly, Hon Hassan Mamman Barguma has disclosed that he called it quits with his former party the All Progressives Congress (APC) over I’ll treatment, lack of respect and non recognition amongst other infractions meted to him.

Barguma was elected into the state assembly under the banner of APC from 2015 to 2019.

In a session with newsmen in Yola Thursday, the politician who defected from APC to PDP noted that the party whom he has helped tremendously to win election decided to ditch him, noting that in the face of the disgusting disdain he was unduly subjected to, he has to move elsewhere.

“In politics, the number one thing is interest. In as much as you love a party or the party brought you to a position, or you are influenced by the party when the interest is not there or when the purpose of being in the party is not guaranteed, you have to change political party,” he said.

Barguma who said he was one of the pioneer members of APC in the state, said he had endured the disdainful treatment to no avail so he felt that the wisest thing to do is to move to the place where he is respected.

“I have been a pioneer member of APC until recently when I felt beyond reasonable doubt that I’m not needed in the party, I don’t have any relevance, I’m not respected and there was no decorum in that party. In the midst of the poor treatment, I have been consulted for the past two years by his excellency governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to come and join his party PDP.

“As a politician, I made some consultations with some stakeholders and my campaign organization. Almost 100 percent of my followers agreed we should move to PDP where we are going to have relevance and recognition.

“In fact, we sat with the governor and he asked me about my interest. I’m confident that we will be better off in PDP than in APC,” he added.

When asked to comment about the recent mass defection of APC stalwarts into the PDP from Hong local government despite the presence of SGF, Boss Mustapha who is occupying a strategic federal government appointment, Barguma said, the SGF was unable to do the right thing.

“Looking at SGF coming from Hong and I’m from Hong and In fact, it’s not only me, a former minister of the federal republic Dr. Idi Hong was the first to decamp last month.

“We also had adviser during the Nyako administration, who also doubles as DG Binani campaign. He worked hard and they won the election to the national assembly. Also an adviser to Bindow has to leave. And we worked hard from inception of APC up till this moment we remained loyal members.

” I cannot speak for them but I’m sure one of their major reasons is lack of recognition and also lack of reward. You cannot work and you won’t be rewarded. And in as much as we love the party, at the end if you’re not recognized and rewarded, definitely you should expect that kind of exodus into another party,” he said.

Barguma identified two major challenges as responsible for the party’s defeat in 2019 general election.

“Two things led to the defeat of APC in Hong local government, laxity and anti party. You cannot tell me that SGF came from a state and the state loses election,
talk less of local government. We have powerful stakeholders in Hong including former SGF, present SGF, former governors, former ministers all are in APC.

“After Daura, the next local government that should picked the flag of APC is Hong, because we have two SGFs appointed back to back, we have appointments of board members, appointment of parastatals but yet we lost the election.

“So as far as I’m concerned, its either the SGF did not live to his expectations or also he was so reluctant that he preferred PDP to win the election which happened. There was no way we would lose the election if our senior stakeholders were serious about APC in Hong local government. So they should be held responsible for losing the election,” he added.

To buttress his points further the ex-lawmaker noted that in the last election Hong got 19,000 votes and out of those votes, 15,000 came from only three wards of Hong, Shangui and Wuba yet no one from the three wards was rewarded for the winning elections but people from wards who lose election were appointed.

“Nobody from Hong town who did APC was rewarded. In the last election APC got 19,000 votes from Hong LG. Out of the 19,000 Wuba ward, Shangui ward and Hong ward delivered 15,000 but unfortunately, we the critical stakeholders from the three wards that got the votes are going out of APC. I got 15,000 votes and now I’m leaving the party,” he said.

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