Elders from Adamawa State have called on Nigerians to disregard a story connecting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, to a purported 2023 political plan.
According to the elders, the SGF who is the Chairman of the 2019 Presidential Inauguration Committee would not be distracted.
Speaking on behalf of the elders, the pioneer national vice chairman in charge of North East, Dr. Umar Duhu, said even though Mustapha is qualify to seek for the highest office in the land, if he wishes to run with Bola Tinubu in 2023, that is not on his mind now.
“APC as it is today, is a conglomeration of ideas and interest groups, it is therefore dangerous for someone to think some people are not entitled to power.
“Therefore, the people that are accusing Boss Mustapha of plans to forge a joint ticket in 2023 should know they are only jumping the gun for now, and are wasting their time, given that he is “too busy with stabilizing national affairs.
“Tinubu and Boss have the rights of association, vote and be voted for, as guaranteed by our laws”.
“Mustapha’s intimidating credentials are there, 30 years ago, the Kingibe group within the Social Democratic Party (SDP), actually presented him initially to Abiola for consideration as presidential running mate.
“It is therefore ridiculous for some spent force politicians to think they can cow such a formidable democratic icon into silence.
“While some of us would ordinarily not want to join issues with anybody, we’ll like to warn that we know everybody; let them not mistake Boss’s simplicity for cowardice”, the group said.
On whether, the SGF would be dropped in the next cabinet, the group categorically counselled President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the postulation of mischief makers within the party and to stick with the confidence he has built in Mr Boss over the time.
The group said Mustapha has redefined the office of the SGF and restored its lost dignity.
The Adamawa political group described Boss Mustapha as not only a Legal professional but an astute politician who was able to stabilize the party during its crisis times.
The Adamawa political group also noted that Boss Mustapha has been a member of Federal Republic of Nigeria Constituent Assembly (1988-1989); Chairman, People’s Solidarity Party – Gongola State (1989-1990) and state chairman, Social Democratic Party-Gongola State (1990-1991).
Also, he was a gubernatorial candidate for SDP in Adamawa state in 1991. He was the Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, from 2010 to 2013.
In 2007, he served as the Deputy Director General of the party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation.
He was a member of NCC and Director Contact and Mobilisation APC (2015) and member, APC Transition Committee (2015) as well as a member, APC Board of Trustees.
As such, the group maintains he is qualified to contest for any political position in Nigeria.