Adamawa APC crisis: Bilal vows to sue SaharaReporters over malicious report

Embattled chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State, Alh. Ibrahim Bilal has vowed to take legal action against SaharaReporters over a malicious report.

A statement by the politician made available to this medium, Wednesday stated that his reported defection to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is a lie from the pit of hell urging the medium to retract the report within a week or face litigation.

On Monday, 25 state executive committee members of the party ratified a vote of no confidence on the embattled chairman over gross misconduct and replaced him with his deputy, Samaila Taddawus.

But in a statement Bilal discountenanced the move saying he remained a bonafide member of APC and the state chairman of the party.

“My attention has been drawn to an incredible report in SaharaReporters, that I have since resigned my membership of the All Progressive Congress and joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party. Nothing can be more malicious and vexatious, than such a misleading report.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I, Ibrahim Bilal, still remains first and foremost an abiding APC member and chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of our great party.

“It is puerile to even conceive I could leave the party, I helped laboured to build at this material time. Just a cursory background check on the current muck raking, by a few elements within the party on a futile mission to foment crisis within our party, in furtherance of the premeditated agenda of their political paymasters, would clearly reveal the root cause of the current crisis.

“I am a man caught in the web of high stake politics, and those bent on getting Bilal, out of the way, would rather hang on him, a bad name so they could hang him. As, it has been reported much of the antagonism against me has come as a result of the fallout of our party’s governorship primaries, the truth, is those, who feel I remain a threat to their life time ambition of governing the state, against the popular will of our party men and women, feel Bilal, should be made the scapegoat for reasons of expediency.

“Such unconscionable actions, against a mere mortal, on whom some would like to hang their fate, can only breed strife and division and plunge the party into needless and avoidable crisis, should we allow ourselves to be bereft of restraint and circumspection.

“I am evaluating the available course of action to mend fence and ensure we navigate the ship of our party out of this perilous turbulence. I am a man of peace. The survival of our party, its hope and promise, I will never allow to suffer hurt. But I take exception to being vilified by those who are already in collusion with the ruling PDP in the state to sabotage our party’s chances in the 2023 elections, which all this machinations is contrived to achieve.

“Nor will I let any ground for those who are subordinating the party to their own whims and caprices, that if it is not them, then everything else can go to pieces. This fight is not for Bilal, alone, we must unite to save our party from fifth columnist within the party, whose alternative plan is to sow confusion within the party, after having sold the party and their conscience away to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, with a promissory note they hoped to cash after 2023 elections.

“It therefore, needs restating, as alluded in my initial response to the circus of my alleged impeachment, that I still remain APC Chairman Adamawa State chapter and a bonafide member of the APC who still cherish his membership of our great party the APC. I can’t leave the party now, not even for the discredited Peoples Democratic Party, in the state nor any other political party.

“My feet are firmly rooted in the APC, and no amount of vitriolic attack targeted at me and other dutiful and loyal members of my Exco, who have suffered the trauma of our aborted impeachment, can overcome our steadfast resolve to see the party blossom by meeting the yearnings of teeming party members in the state to take over Dougirei government house come next year general elections.

“But we would delude ourselves, if, we fail to keep a united house. Ultimately, it is God who bestows power, on whom he wills, when he wills, no mortal can ever take that omnipotence. Without stating the obvious, Sahara Reporters, which has been reportedly, hired, as a proxy for their disinformation campaign, terribly got it wrong.

“Because I couldn’t at this stage in my political life, have contemplated resigning my position as Adamawa APC party chairman. That said, they would soon hear from my lawyers, if within seven days they don’t retract their, fallacious and mendacious report, alleging my fictitious defection to the PDP.

“Once again, I wish to thank all APC faithfuls in Adamawa, for their solidarity, and goodwill, in this moment. This season, foisted upon us by elements bent on plunging a virile party into crisis will come to an end. Before that, the lesson of this moment, is that our peace and serenity as a party, must be guarded. It is priceless. And needs guarding jealously by all stakeholders of goodwill.

“The script of the opposition to plunge the party into crisis, at the verge of a crucial elections, should reawaken our consciousness and vigilance. Because democracy dies through nonchalance to actions of a political class bent on subverting the rule of law,” Bilal said.

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