Democracy is a form of government in which the people have the
authority to deliberate and decide legislation, or to choose governing
officials to do so. It is also a system of government by the whole
population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through
elected representatives. It is indeed a government of the people, by
the people and only for the people.
It is really a fully representative form of governance that is the
vogue, nay globally. Any other system or form of governance or
leadership is often detested and vehemently rejected and as well
regarded as a pharaonic. It is therefore incumbent to state that, in a
true democracy, whether having to do with intra or inter party
affairs, there must be true democracy. Hence, the electorate must be
allowed to elect and or choose the people to lead them in any way or
under any circumstance.
The above explicitly abounds in Nigeria. Currently, there are many
registered political parties in Nigeria, including the APC and the
PDP. In this direction, these political parties each have their own
structures and leadership hierarchy. Sequel to this imperative, the
respective members of these political parties should be independent
enough to elect the people they want to lead them, either at the
internal party leadership status or at the elective level.
The above therefore implies that every political party should be left
on its own in choosing its leaders and their respective flag bearers.
There should not therefore be any extraneous interference in doing
this. Instructively, these parties and their members are free to give
their mandates and leadership responsibilities to people they desire,
and out of their own volitions.
In Sokoto State, the All Progressives Congress ( APC) has its
structures and leadership hierarchy and these leaders emerge through
the routine constitutional processes. The party should therefore be
left alone to function and be led only by ” its own,” and not any
extraneous, strange diabolical hands.
This is even as the party may have some internal hiccups that are not
only peculiar to the APC. This includes the ongoing leadership tussle
in the Sokoto State Chapter of the party where some deluded Judases
are causing a stir in the leadership hierarchy of the party, woefully
contesting the leadership or the mandate freely and voluntarily given
to its duly recognized leader, Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida.
One therefore wonders when people that are alien to the party and the
state are unwholesomely meddling in the affairs of the Sokoto State
Chapter of the APC, and they are devoid of any shame or prickness of
These are the glaring obnoxious cases of the incumbent Nigeria’s
Justice Minister and Attorney-General of the Federation, Alhaji
Abubakar Malami. SAN and the former Kano State Governor, Mallam
Ibrahim Shekarau, who is also the current Senator representing Kano
Central Senatorial District at the nation’s Upper Chamber. The public
endorsement of a factional Chairman of APC in Sokoto State, Alhaji
Mainasara Sani was therefore an outright aberration.
They have no business interfering in the affairs of the Sokoto State
APC while the same party in their respective states of Kebbi and Kano
are also troubled. Also, by such undue interference, the duo,
especially the Minister of Justice had violated the oath of office and
this is an outright contravention of the nation’s 1999 Constitution,
as amended. This flagrant nefarious act by Malami also deserves some
punitive measures to be meted to him.
It was sequel to this that a myriad of patriotic and well meaning
members of the members of the All Progress Congress (APC ) in Sokoto
State on Monday, 28th February, 2022, rose in unison and rightly
chided Malami for his unbecoming action. The party loyalists led by
its State Chairman, Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida asked the Attorney-General
of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN),
to resign his position.Sadiq Achida made the call at a press
conference , arguing that Malami had trampled on his office and abused
his office for preempting Court judgement on the disputes at different
Achida averred: ” It was glaring unfortunate for Malami to drag his
exalted office to the mud being the AGF and the Chief Law Officer of
the federation to openly preempted court judgment. By Malami’s
singular act of recognising a faction of APC in Sokoto state, having
known the matter is still pending before the Court of Appeal. The
Minister had breached the sanctity of the constitution and his oath of
office, which requires him not to allow his personal interest to
influence official conduct.”
Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida also further called on the acting National
Chairman of APC, Alhaji Mai-Mala to expel Malami, because of his
numerous roles in destabilizing APC in Sokoto, Kano, Kebbi, Zamfara
and Kwara States among others. According to him, Malami’s and former
Kano State governor, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau’s presence at a function in
Sokoto was a calculated attempt to disrupt the party’s unity in
Isa Sadiq Achida argued,”if Shekarau has any expertise in political
manipulation, he should redirect it toward achieving his ambition of
controlling the APC in Kano state rather than Sokoto. The duo came to
Sokoto with a single mission to destabilize the APC in Sokoto state,
We feel bold to tell them that they lost party control in their state,
in Sokoto also their mission is dead on arrival .”
Alhaji Achida further stated that he addressed the press conference on
behalf of Senators, State House and House of Representative members,
Elders Committee, State and local government executives and others. He
urged APC supporters to disregard the utterance of Malami and Shekarau
and remained united in support of APC leader, Sen. Aliyu Wamakko, who
ensured party progress at all levels.
Corroborating the stance of Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida and all the
members of the party in the state, thirteen members of the State House
of Assembly, led by the APC Leader, Alhaji Bello Isa Ambarura have
also vehemently condemned the spiteful acts of Malami and Shekarau.
According to Ambarura, the action of Malami was prejudicial and
contemptuous that would cast doubts in the minds of all discerning
Nigerians as regards to the sanctity of judgments and the entire
judiciary in the country. This will put the all-important arm of
government that everyone runs to in case of disputes between
individuals, groups, and or arms of governments, among others.
The APC Leader further noted that the Minister of Justice should have
known better than other ” unlearned” Nigerians that all matters
before courts of law are not subjects of public comments until they
are duly dispensed with appropriately.
The lawmakers therefore advised Malami and Shekarau to go back to
their respective states to put their houses in order and make APC in
those states better and the pacesetters they are not now. They should
ensure that they take control of the party in those states rather than
nefariously meddling in the affairs of other states.
They further restated their unalloyed loyalty to the leadership of the
undisputed political Patriarch of Sokoto State , as well as the choice
of the APC members of the state, Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida. They also
averred that Achida is the Chairman recognized by the law
and duly recognized by INEC.
It is therefore heartwarming that these right thinking and brainy
members of the APC under the dexterous and dogged leadership of Alhaji
Isa Sadiq Achida have chided Malami and they have appropriately asked
him to do the needful and reign from his position and allow for the
appointment of another law abiding individual to be the nation’s
Chief Law Officer.
Halilu, a Public Affairs Analyst writes from Rungumi Area, Sokoto