Adamu, Ex-PDP Governor Docked Over ₦15bn Fraud Could Be Subsequent APC Chairman
There are robust indications that energy blocs within the All Progressives Congress (APC) have settled for Abdullahi Adamu, a former Nasarawa state Governor, to succeed Adams Oshiomhole because the celebration’s nationwide Chairman.
Forward of its nationwide conference slated for March 26, the celebration zoned the chairmanship to the North-Central geopolitical zone. This was contained in a doc signed by Salisu Na’inna Dambatta, the celebration’s Director of Publicity and dated March 9.
In the meantime, there are credible reviews that President Muhammadu Buhari and a bunch of Governors headed by Kaduna state’s Governor Nasir El-Rufai, have thrown their weights behind Adamu, the previous Nasarawa Governor who’s at the moment serving within the Senate.
El-Rufai has given credence to this in his current interview with Channels Tv, though he didn’t point out the identify of the anointed candidate.
“The president was reluctant to even nominate who’s going to be the chairman of the celebration as a result of he stated, you realize, I’m not contesting, I need to hand over this celebration to a powerful management to make sure it continues. So I’m not interested by who’s the celebration chairman, in contrast to in 2019 once I was contesting.
“However we stated Mr. President, all of us are state governors, we have now an affect on who’s the state chairman of the celebration, so it’s solely wise and logical for us to provide the alternative to information us on who you suppose we must always assist because the nationwide chairman. We compelled him actually, he didn’t need to do it,” Governor El-Rufai stated.
POLITICS NIGERIA, nonetheless, takes a dive into the profile of Adamu as he’s being positioned to move the governing celebration.
Foray into Politics
Adamu’s journey into politics was in direction of Nigeria’s transitioning to the short-lived second republic.
Within the late Nineteen Seventies, he was elected to the Constituent Meeting, which drafted the structure for the republic.
He was a pioneer member of the Nationwide Get together of Nigeria (NPN), the primary Secretary-Common of the NPN in Plateau State from December 1978, and chairman of the NPN within the Plateau from 1982 to 1983, when army rule started once more.
In 1994, he was appointed to the Nationwide Constitutional Convention by Common Sani Abacha’s administration.
Adamu was later appointed a minister of state of the Works and Housing ministry in 1995, holding this place till November 1997.
Founding PDP member
When the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) was based in 1998, Adamu was one of many founding members.
The truth is, in 1999, beneath the PDP, he contested within the Nasarawa State gubernatorial election and received. He was once more re-elected through the 2003 Nasarawa State gubernatorial election.
After the tip of his two-term governorship, Adamu grew to become Secretary, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the celebration, thus making him a significant resolution maker.
It was on the identical platform that Adamu, in his later profession, received the Nasarawa West Senatorial election.
However Adamu switched sides in 2014. He was one of many aggrieved members of the PDP that fashioned the APC merger.
15bn corruption scandal
Adamu was arraigned in 2010 by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) for allegedly embezzling N15 billion naira.
The anti-graft company filed a 149-count towards Adamu and 18 others, together with former Nasarawa state officers and contractors, over allegations involving N15 billion fraud.
The previous governor and his co-accused, nonetheless, filed a movement countering the fees on the grounds that because the funds alleged to be embezzled belonged to the state, the EFCC was out of line in its investigation. The defendants additionally pleaded not responsible to the fees.
However David Okorowa, decide of the federal excessive court docket in Lafia on the time, dominated that Adamu would stand trial as he had a case to reply.
As of 2013, the defendants had filed a swimsuit on the court docket of attraction, difficult the choice of the decrease court docket.
Nothing was heard of the court docket case once more till 2019 when Adamu stated he had been discharged in 2016. He said this in his response to an allegation of corruption towards him made by former Senate President Bukola Saraki.
“I believe as a result of he has come a lot to speak about EFCC, he’s being dishonest about it. It’s because when my case was terminated, when it was discharged, within the Federal Excessive Courtroom in Lafia, approach again on June 28, 2016, as a senator, once I obtained again to Abuja, I went to him (Saraki) and informed him that my case has been discharged,” he stated.
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