FCT community protests AMAC APC chairman’s suspension
Cyril Mbah, Abuja
The suspension of the executive chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Candido, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) has continued to generate negative reactions from party supporters in AMAC, the most populated area council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Apart from protests by party supporters, APC ward executive members met recently and passed a vote of confidence on the AMAC chairman after vehemently condemning the suspension and urged the ruling party to reverse the decision in the interest of the party.
The All Progressives Congress has been embroiled in several disputes since the conclusion of its congress in the six area councils, as part of its preparations for the February 2022 FCT Area Council elections.
Trouble started when Alhaji Adamu, who will conclude his second tenure in office next year, was suspended for alleged anti-party activities and for refusing to accept the aspirant chosen by influential leaders and the national executive of the party to contest the chairmanship election in AMAC as the party’s flag-bearer.
It was gathered that Alhaji Adamu had insisted, point-blank, that the party should allow his nominee, who won the primary election by a wide margin, to represent the APC in the February election or risk losing the chairmanship to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The party thereafter clamped indefinite suspension on the chairman but in a swift reaction, ward leaders of the APC in AMAC passed a vote of confidence on Alhaji Adamu and backed his position on who should be the flag-bearer of the party.
In a statement issued after the meeting on Wednesday, the APC ward leaders said, rather than being castigated and being suspended, Alhaji Adamu should be rewarded for promoting the party and for development initiatives his administration introduced into AMAC.
The ward leaders called on the national executive of APC to reverse the suspension with immediate effect pointing out that allowing it to stand will adversely affect the fortunes of the party in the February 2022 FCT area council elections.