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Fulani Turf Wars In Kaduna, Reason For Hakeem Baba-Ahmed Dumping APC


The Oasis Reporters

July 5, 2018

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed

There was more than meets the eye when Senate President Bukola Saraki’s Chief Of Staff decided to dump the APC, Nigeria’s ruling party that he helped to put together about four years ago and they proceeded to defeat the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is to President Muhammadu Buhari, what God’sday Orubebe was to former President Goodluck Jonathan. As Electoral Returning Officer during the 2015 Presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari, he stood firm to withstand the protestations of Elder God’sday Orubebe who had insisted that the results of the election were fraudulent with Kano turning in over two more million votes for Buhari with no single void vote. Jonathan quickly conceded, and Buhari won.

So why would such an important personality dump his party and claim that between him and Party politics, there’ll be a gulf ?

Baba-Ahmed, one time Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and interim Chairman of the APC in Kaduna state, made this known on Monday while addressing reporters in Kaduna revealing that he had already sent his resignation letter to the party chairman of his ward.

He described his decision to dump the ruling party as a difficult one to make, saying he took it after due consultation with members of his Akida faction of APC in Kaduna.

“This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from APC. I have sent a formal letter to this effect to chairman of my ward,” he said.

“This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped to form and made my humble contributions to put in power.

“After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly under-performed and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continued membership.

“I do not believe in all conscience, that it should be trusted and encouraged to continue to govern our great country beyond 2019.

“I am not leaving to join another party. This is my decision and mine alone. It has nothing to do with the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“It’s a decision taken after due consultations with Akida Group, a group that has predated my appointment as Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate.

“I will remain active in politics, as this is the main avenue for salvaging our nation from rising insecurity, poverty and divisions.”

Mallam Rabiu who is a core loyalist of Kaduna state governor, Nasir Ahmed Elrufai put on a brave face and declared that Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed is politically irrelevant, yet is “amongst the 10 major beneficiaries of the APC led administration from Kaduna State.
His exit from APC isn’t felt by most of us. We are calm, focused, confident and determined”. Such famous words indeed!

Obviously, he is pained but trying to hide his embarrassment at the departure.
Kaduna state citizens agree that the”accidental public servant”, Governor Nasir Elrufai’s performance in office has been eminently dismal. Despite the fact that he took public money to shower on Fulani herdsmen militia to stop killing Kaduna people, they took the money and didn’t stop the massacres, killing both traditional rulers and their wives amongst the southern Kaduna Communities who are mostly non Fulani and non Moslem.
In Zaria too, Shi’ite Muslim minority religious group members were murdered in their sleep, their buildings demolished and their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El Zakzakky remains in detention till date.

One of the persons that put him in power was Senator Hunkuyi who heads the Akida faction. He saw all this and opposed Elrufai. In violent anger, Elrufai had the senator’s building demolished. The local government elections saw the APC ruling party, losing, suddenly, electoral returning officers started disappearing only for the “changed” results to be announced from hidden locations. Thus uneasy calm remains in Kaduna, but the killings in Southern Kaduna still remains a sticking point. Their chiefdoms have been unilaterally renamed Emirates.
Even hardcore Fulanis are getting more and more embarrassed. They are a minority group, yet remain the ruling elite in the state while other tribes look on in impotence.

Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi (t0p left) had less than 12 hours notice of groundrent non payment before his house was demolished allegedly on the orders of Gov. El-Rufai, in black cap.

But now, they who have been ruling, fear a volte face from both the indigenous Hausa Muslims and Southern Kaduna Christians as they are now taking a hard look at reassessing themselves. Baba-Ahmed’s move therefore looks like a re-strategizing option to abandon a failing ship and jumping into another one to sail on and keep leadership within their ethnic group once more.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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