Allegation baseless, says Buni
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has debunked claims that she was plotting to hijack the Adamawa State chapter of the All Progressivess Congress (APC) to install her brother as governor of the state in 2023.
The Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, has also described the allegation as baseless.
The wife of the President was accused of planning to assume full control of the party structure to install her younger brother, Mr. Mohammed Modi, as the governor of the state in 2023.
It was further alleged that the plot has created uneasy calm in the state chapter of the party.
When her brother lost the 2018 governorship primary election to the party’s candidate in the 2019 general election and the former governor, Muhammadu Bindow, the president’s wife had slammed the APC for not providing a fair and neutral arrangement for its primary election.
However, it was alleged that the First Lady; the Chairman of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni; a former National Vice-Chairman, North-east Zone, Mustapha Salihu, and the Financial Secretary of the party, Mr. Saidu Naira, are manipulating the congresses in Adamawa State to ease the way for the first lady’s brother.
The First Lady has however denied the allegation, describing it as baseless.
Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Aliyu Abdulahi, she said her brother contested the last election without her hijacking the structure of the party and wondered why she would do it now.
The first lady stated: “Of course, this is a baseless allegation, it is untrue; there is no iota of truth in it. Look at it this way, if she was to do that for example, he contested before and she did not do it.
“Is she a member of the National Executive Council (NEC)? She’s not a NEC member of the party; she’s not a National Working Committee (NWC) member, she’s not a caretaker committee member. I have not seen Buni in that house with her and in fact, the congress of the state I’m sure has not even held.
“If someone has a fear of something that did not happen or that is going to happen, is that not speculation? The first lady is not like that I assure you, she doesn’t get involved in this kind of thing. It is untrue, it is baseless.”
On his part, Buni said the allegation was barren, dry, baseless, and flimsy.
Buni, while reacting through his Director General of Media and Publicity, Mr. Mamman Muhammed, said the caretaker committee under his leadership could not labour so hard only to engage in self-destruction.
Buni added: “It is very important to let those casting this senseless allegation that
APC under His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe State and Chairman CECPC, Mai Mala Buni has surpassed the charade the accusers were accustomed to. There is no more cutting of corners. They either do the right thing or remain in illusion.
“The caretaker committee under Governor Buni cannot labour so hard to rebuild the party only to engage in selfdestruction.”
Buni assured that the committee was committed to building a strong party free from parochial sentiments to stand the test of time and to remain Nigeria’s leading political party.
He said the party would not condone the addiction of creating stories with wild and deflated allegations to give the party leadership a bad name.