Presidential Muhammadu’s Special Assistant on Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmad risked being sanctioned by the APC for ignoring the party’s directive and that of the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for him to be part of the campaign train ahead of the next round of elections.
While all other critical stakeholders of the party obeyed and have been in Kano to campaign for the party, Ahmad travelled to Qatar to watch live matches in the on-going World Cup.
Although, Ahmad is the Deputy Director, Special Media Projects/New Media, APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC). But it is doubtful if he believes in the presidential agenda of Senator Bola Tinubu.
His tweet, which was a reaction to a statement by Babachir Lawal during a Channel Television interview on November 25, however suggest that he may be in agreement with Lawal, that Obi was the candidate to beat.
In that interview, Lawal had said “we are supporting Peter Obi because he has a chance to win. The average Christian in the North is for Labour Party. Ahmad’s comment as shown in his tweet was “okay.”
This coincides with repeated calls by his people, for the APC to sanction him for choosing to fly to Qatar for the football fiesta, when other party leaders are working hard to convince Kano people to support the APC in next year’s election.
Ahmad may still have been angry that he could not secure the party’s ticket to contest for the House of Representatives election for the Alabasu/Gaya/Ajingi Federal Constituency of Kano State. Twice as the party conducted its primary, he lost to Abdulahi Mahmud Gaya, the current occupant of the seat.
Some of the party leaders are not happy and have called for his head on a platter. Alhaji Samani Inuwa, one of the leaders of the party from Gaya Local Government, told newsmen alongside other members that Ahmad’s attitude was worrisome.
He said “we cannot comprehend how Bashir Ahmad chooses to be in Qatar when in Kano we were in Gaya Local Government to launch the party gubernatorial and other positions campaigns.
“If every member of the party would act the way Bashir acted, we don’t think APC would make it to the elective offices, therefore a punishment should quickly meted on him to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Our correspondent sent a message to the presidential aide through his verified twitter handle on Sunday but he was yet to respond as at the time of filing this report.