Fintiri’s Brother Tijjani Breaks Silence, Says Lack Of Recognition Sends Him Out Of PDP

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Brother to Adamawa State Governor, Rt Hon Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has broken silence over his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Honourable Chubado Babbi Tijjani  granted  audience to this medium, refuting many of the issues the Madagali critical stakeholders raised recently in a press conference in Yola.
The two-term Madagali Local Government chairman during a telephone interview, said the governor and many people in his cabinet are aware of the contributions he made in 2019 to support the present government of PDP.
He said if the question of his political irrelevance is not an issue to them, why are they worried and granting press conferences over the whole issue.
It would recalled that the critical stakeholders  during a press conference described Honourable Tijjani as a politician with less political value who has not been adding value to the party and supported Fintiri in the last 2019 election.
Tijjani gave considerably evidence to prove that the likes of Musa Shayi, Hamza and Alhaji Tukur witnessed how he mobilised people for his campaigns.
Aside his many contributions, he said as a former chief of staff with  supporters across the state, he mobilized them to work for Fintiri in 2019.
” As they rightly pointed out, politics is about recognition, and I’m not being recognized, what I wanted is even if  an appointment is made from my ward, I should be consulted, even if my views will not be considered.
“So I want to agree with them if they say my staying in PDP or going to APC is of no relevance. It’s because they didn’t take me as anything, which informed my decision to move out of PDP. So they are right in this regards.
“I’m a politician and for me not to be consulted on issues concerning politics even at my ward level, I consider it as an insult. This is the reason why I decided to change direction and Identify myself with those that value me,”  Tijjani said.
He said he grew through the ranks of politics, from being a councilor to a two-term Chairman of Madagali, adviser to former Governor Nyako, and later Chief of Staff to Governor Bala James-led government, as such,  he  remains a valued stakeholders at least from Madagali Local Government Area.
He revealed that the main reason for him leaving PDP is simply lack of recognition, inclusion in the happenings, or decision on issues relating to his immediate area even as a stakeholder.
” So I joined APC on personal grounds, nobody influenced me, nobody called me to join and I only joined the party because of the way and manner I was treated in PDP, not because of anyone, or I follow any particular politician, no! not at all.” He revealed
He described the critical stakeholders conference as nothing than a voice of the Commissioner of Lands and Survey, Muhammad Umar and not the representation of Governor Fintiri.
He berated them that there is nothing critical about them, if they are so critical, the likes of Hamza Bello Madagali, the present organizing Secretary of State PDP should talk on behalf of them, but he was mute and not at the conference because of the valued relationship they have.
”I have  known Governor Fintiri for a very long time, he will not agree with them on this. If he wants to pass his message to anyone, he would have done that through his spokesperson and I assure you I can likewise reply him adequately. So what the so called critical stakeholders did was entirely the thinking of Mohammed Umar, commissioner of Lands and Survey. Therefore, I will not join issues with the governor because we have mutual respect for ourselves. If he wants to attack me, he has all the capacity to do that. If I want to attack him, I have the right to do that as a citizen of this country and we are in a democracy.
“Since he didn’t do that, it will be out of disrespect to say anything negative about him, so I reserve my comments because I believe this is not coming from him.
“I hold the ward chairman that addressed the press during their conference in high esteem. His name is Abdu Umaru Jabu, who is a younger brother to the commissioner of Lands and Survey. This is someone who named his child after me, he is like a father to me, he loves me then how will I join issues with him? I’m pretty sure if you give him a secret ballot paper today, he will vote for me to become even the president of this country. I’m popularly known as Villa, he has a Villa (his child named after me) in his house then tell me how will I fight such a person?
” To draw his attention, if he does not forget so soon, that he was the one that endorsed my withdrawal letter from being a member of PDP, he was actually not happy that I left. If you watch the video of their press conference well, he was not reading his mind, it was Muhammad Umar’s script. 
“So if you talk about critical stakeholders, why is Honourable Hamza Bello Madagali, who is the state organizing Secretary not part of them? This is to tell you that we know ourselves, so what’s critical about them from our local government? If he (Hamza) can’t come to say anything bad about me, then who are they? If at all I attack the governor, Hamza will not shield me, he will come out boldly and tell the world. Therefore, I have no reason to accuse him as well.” He said.
He added that,  “There is one boy by name Dauda Sa’idu, this is a young man I barely know seven months ago, he was an okada rider when I was  a local government chairman, he was probably not in my political camp, that is why I didn’t know him. But for him to say that we had a meeting with him in 2019 to vote APC is a blackmail. He lied against me.

” For me, the summary of all this didn’t come from the governor and I will not say anything bad about him,” he stressed.
According to him, If they see him as someone who cannot add value to their government but at least he has one fundamental thing they can’t take from him,  which is his vote.
“Is my vote not important? Who has more than one vote among them? A good politician will not say somebody is not important.” He stressed.
He however, said that years ago, building to 2019 elections, they had their political differences but the hatchet was long been buried and resolved amicably.
“We had our political differences before but was long ago  resolved  in the build up to the 2019. We have been friends, we are very fearless individuals. Governor Ahmadu can boldly make his decision without fear or favour, I can also do that. During the last elections, I mobilized votes for him across the state. Immediately he got the governorship ticket, I called him to congratulate him also. So there is no fracas between us.
” I cannot say the governor is having grudges against me at the moment, what I can only say, he has  his unique type of leadership that people must reach out to him before you can relate well.  But fortunately or unfortunately I’m not the type that disturbs people in authority.  if I helped you, I should not be coming and disturbing you over personal issues.
“I know if the governor finds me worthy to work for him, he can reach out to me. Besides there is nothing new for me in Adamawa State, I was a chief of staff which is the highest position Fintiri can give me,  but I was in the same office, so I don’t virtually need anything from his government to survive.” Tijjani said.
He recalled that their political relationship has existed for 22  years  and they have been patting the each other’s  backs  to grow, this he said, is not taking the relationship lightly.
“Governor Ahmadu, myself, Hamza Bello Madagali, one gentleman called Gulak one, Yusuf Presido (NULGE) exactly 22 years ago, as friends,  were in the same room in Mecca for Holy pilgrimage.
” These are people I know, so they are my friends and brothers and I’m also their friend. We have nothing personal against each other, it’s a matter of opinion. We are all grown up people for God’s sake. If they feel I’m not good enough to be in their camp, they are entitled to their opinion. If I feel I don’t like the way I’m being treated, I’m also entitled to my own opinion. We can part ways, it’s not a big deal.” He stated.
Tijjani said he left PDP for good to APC to begin a new political life as on  March 19,  2022, he will be formally inducted into the APC, his new found party in his home town of Madagali by  stakeholders.
He however, craved the indulgence of all APC members to unite as a family to grow up the party in Adamawa in the interest of all.
” I crave the indulgence of APC leaders to be fair to all as a family, we are in the opposition and if we don’t get our axes right, it will be a very big blow in the party again, it means the party will remain in the opposition which we don’t want.
“I’m calling on the party leadership to be fair to everyone. There should not be any type of imposition for whatever reasons.
“They should try as much as possible to reconcile all aspirants, but if it is proving difficult, they should be given a chance to exercise their popularity. If there is justice, I assure you people will surely support the winner. In life, injustice brings all manners of crisis, so you have to be fair to everybody, this is my call to the leaders.
” And for now, I don’t have any political ambition to contest, I will not be fair to those I met in the party all these years. I think I better join the queue if there is going to be any ambition that should be in the future.” Tijjani said.

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