By Ali Abare Abubakar
One of the numerous governorship aspirants for the Adamawa State October 6, 2014 bye-election, on the platform of the main opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Ahmed Hassan Barata has hinted that he has been under immense pressure to return to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as a fall-out of the September 6 APC primaries he lost to Senator Jibrilla Bindow.
Senator Barata who represents Adamawa South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, stated this in his residence in Abuja, through his media consultant, Malam Hussaini Hayatu on Monday, when some local government chairmen from his senatorial zone led by the Adamawa State Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, Hon. Sahabu Aliyu Jauro who is also the council chairman of Fufore local government, paid him a courtesy visit.
Others in the entourage include chairmen of Demsa, Shelleng, Toungo, Guyuk, Mayo-Balwa, Numan, Jada, Ganye ad Lamurde Local Government Councils, LGC, all in Adamawa State.
Although the visit, according to Malam Hayatu, was to intimate Barata with the idea of returning to the party he ditched early this year for the opposition following the defection of the immediate past governor of the state, retired Admiral Murtala Nyako, who was impeached by the state House of Assembly in July.
“You know the Senator is not happy with what happened during the APC governorship bye-election primaries in the state. Although he was not happy, but the man who eventually won the ticket is his colleague in the senate, while the other aspirant is like brother to him; hence he could not do anything that will jeopardize the fortunes of the party in the forthcoming election,” says Hayatu.
However, the consultant said his client did not give any answer to the PDP delegation, but said he was still studying the situation to know what steps to take in the near future, especially in regard to the 2015 general election which is fast around the corner.
It is believed since he lost the chance to contest for the governorship; he may re-contest for the senate since this was his first term in the upper legislative chamber, where he was elected in 2011on the platform of the PDP.
Barata was also a member of the House of Representatives for eight years from 1999 to 2007; he was first elected into the lower chamber in 1992 on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC.