By Ezeocha Nzeh.
There are strong indications that the Yobe State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally conceded the position of the party’s National Secretary of to Borno state.
Following the declaration of former APC national secretary, Mai Mala Buni as the executive Governor of Yobe at the March 9 2019 governorship election, the office of APC secretary has remained vacant, leading to intense lobbying by stakeholders from the North East zone of the party who wanted to fill the vacant position
While the office was finally micro – zoned to Yobe and Bornu states, The AUTHORITY gathered that there have been controversies and disagreement between the two states over the position.
But a Presidential source confirmed to The AUTHORITY at the weekend that the Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, who was the former APC National Secretary has conceded the position to Borno state, when he confirmed that the front runner to the position, Waziri Bulama, has received the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the source, the Yobe State governor, who had earlier insisted that his replacement must come from Yobe, had to rescind his decision, when he met with the Presidency on Thursday night, and therefore pledged his support for the choice of the Presidency from Bornu State.
It would be recalled that the choice of Bulama as Acting National Secretary of APC had led to disagreement between the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the APC National Vice Chairman North East, Comrade Salihu Mustapha.
Mustapha had insisted that the choice and decision to replace the National Secretary must come from the North East zone, adding that the zone was on consultation between Yobe and Borno to produce a candidate who would be ratified by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
Briefing journalists last Wednesday, the National Vice Chairman said there was a charge to Yobe and Borno APC to produce a consensus National Secretary to the zone, which will later present same to the National Working Committee (NWC).
Attempt to get the reaction of the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni was not successful as the governor did not only fail to respond to the short message sent to him, but could not pick a call put across to his phone.