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Balarabe Musa: Playing Consistent Role Of Opposition Politics

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah, Lagos

One thing that both critics and admirers of the first executive governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa will not dispute about him is the inability of any successive government to buy him over. He remains committed in ventilating his believe whether the government in power is ready to listen or not.  When he was impeached by members of Kaduna State House of Assembly dominated by the then National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in1981, many people did not anticipate his future contributions to political discourse would be overwhelming as it is today. Musa, who has maintained a consistent role in opposition politics, has refused to shift ground and join the ruling party for what ever gain. His anti-corruption stance and dogged fight against bad governance has endeared him to many a Nigerians including politicians.

Musa-man-in-the-newsPerhaps this explains his current disposition towards the in-coming administration of President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari.While speaking with Daily Independent last week, the former Governor of Kaduna state opined that the President-elect may be frustrated in his fight against corruption by his political associates in the All Progressives Congress (APC). His statement revealed that those that funded Buhari’s campaign might be a thorn in his flesh if he decides to implement his anti –corruption programme. Of course not a few Nigerians know this, but lack the courage to say it.

During preparations for the just concluded general elections, he did not fail to lambast the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for unduly favoring the candidate of All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari in the distribution of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).  Musa did not hide his feelings when he said,

“Let us call a spade, a spade. There are two main contenders for the Presidency in this election. The analyzed data above depicts a worrying trend. Voters in the zones that tend to support President Goodluck Jonathan are massively disenfranchised by the application of the so-called PVCs debacle, 40% to 50% of voters in these regions who are lawfully and duly registered to vote will be denied their right to vote by INEC”.

He is a disciple of late Aminu Kano who was the leader of the defunct Northern Element Progressives Union (NEPU) and later Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) but never a supporter of President Jonathan. He has never failed to criticize the present government on the way it has handled the insurgency in the northern part of the country. On several occasions, the Marxist politician scored the present government below average in its handling of corruption and insecurity in the country. The glaring case was when the federal government decided to involve the assistance of foreign countries. He described the exercise right from the first day as a misadventure that would not produce any good result.

Musa was elected governor of Kaduna State in 1979 on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party PRP), founded by Mallam Aminu Kano. The dominant National Party of Nigeria (NPN) challenged his election unsuccessfully. His party was initially a member of the PPP alliance in opposition to the NPN, but later quietly withdrew. As Governor he had a running battle with the Kaduna state house of assembly, which was dominated by NPN members. He was unable to form a cabinet since he refused to nominate NPN members and the House equally did not ratify his nominees. Eventually he was impeached on June 1981, making him the first state governor in Nigeria to be impeached.