By Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
The exit of Atiku Abubakar ,former Vice President, from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is already taking tolls on the party in Adamawa State as eight serving commissioners in the state have reportedly dumped the party for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Feelers from the state reveal that the exodus of the commissioners has crippled government activities despite assurance by Jibrilla Bindow, Governor of Adamawa State to President Muhammadu Buhari that he would not follow Atiku out of APC.
Their exit from the party indicates that over half of his cabinet might have effectively pulled out of the state government.
The serving commissioners , who belong to Atiku’s camp, include his daughter, Fatima Atiku Abubakar, Commissioner of Health, Lilian Stephen, Commissioner of Works and Housing, Yayaji Mijinyawa, Commissioner of Land and Survey, and Augustine Ayuba, Commissioner of Youths and Sports, .
Others are Alhaji Daware, Commerce and Trade and Ahmadu Waziri, Agriculture.
What is not yet known is whether Bindow and Martins Babale, his deputy, would also eventually move out of the party.
Ibrahim Bilal, State Chairman of APC, had, while endorsing President Buhari for the 2019 presidential race asked party members not comfortable with the decision to align themselves with the majority or opt out stressing that APC was interested in keeping a united front..
The call to shape-up or ship-out by Bilal has reportedly not gone down well with most state government officials, who allegedly belonged to Atiku’s platform.
Yayaji Mijinyawa, Commissioner of Land and Survey, confirmed the movement out of the party, on Monday adding that his loyalty and that of others, as well, is to the former vice president.