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Hamza Al-Mustapha, AA presidential candidate

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Mustapha, the Action Alliance presidential candidate, was the late Abacha CSO.

Retired Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha was born on July 27, 1960, and he received his Education in Nguru, located in Yobe state. He joined the Nigerian Army in 1983 after attending the Nigerian Defense Academy in Kaduna. Al-Mustapha is a trained specialist in military intelligence agencies. He served in a number of high-level leadership roles, including at the 82nd Division Headquarters, Army Headquarters, as well as the Ministry of Defense. The Army major and intelligence officer also worked as General Sani Abacha’s Chief Security Officer from 1993 until 1998.

When Abacha died, Al-Mustapha called together the military’s higher-ups to ensure there wouldn’t be a power struggle. On June 9, 1998, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar took power, and Al-Mustapha was removed and imprisoned. After being set free, Al-Mustapha moved to the city of Kano. In 2017, he got into partisan Politics with the help of his potent youth and outreach support. He was the pioneer in establishing the Green Party in Nigeria (GPN). Subsequently, he became the People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN) presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election. Over the past few months, He has been collaborating with people of his Action Alliance Party as well as other stakeholders to figure out how to participate in the country’s restoration.

Despite challenges, Mustapha emerged as the Action Alliance candidate.

At the presidential primary for the Action Alliance party, which took place on June 9 in Abuja, the Retired Maj. Mustapha emerged victorious, securing the party’s nomination for the party presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections with Johnson Chukwuka as the vice president. At the party primaries, Al Mustapha won 506 votes, comfortably surpassing his main rival, Chief Samson Odupitan, who got 216 votes. In the start, there were four candidates, but two of them, Mr. Tunde Kelani and Chief Osakwe Johnson, dropped out in favour of Al Mustapha, and the election was held using the option A4 formula. 854 total delegates were recognised to vote. And Johnson Chukwuka is his choice for vice president.

Although most of the cases have been resolved, one remains open: the removal of Hamza Al- Mustapha as the party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, as ordered by the Federal High Court in Abuja. Declaring to be the party’s legitimate national chairman, Adekunle Omoaje filed a Lawsuit challenging the nominations of Kenneth Udeze, a leader of the party fraction submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the upcoming elections. Nevertheless, he is still the designated candidate for his party.

Several plans to combat insecurity and improve the country was laid out.

Some months ago, he made an appearance on the Channels Television program Politics Today, where he stated that he would be running for office this time because he felt compelled to do so after receiving encouragement from many people he knows and has worked with in Nigeria, from both older and younger generations. The hardships the country overcame in the past and the profound admiration for where it is now are what fuel his devotion to this country. The candidate for the Action Alliance has stated that several data reveal that Nigeria is in a very bad situation at present and that dedicated Nigerians are essential to reposition the country. He has also stated that he is not in the presidential election for financial benefits, as some would think.

Moreso, During an interview with the media, Mustapha recently shocked Nigerians by saying he would move to Sambisa Forest if he were elected president as part of a plan to stop Terrorism in the nation in six months, promising to tackle the issue of Insecurity regardless of the political fallout. Furthermore, he stated that he would demote all these military leaders and send them home if a solution could not be found within six months. They would face charges and be required to repay the funds, restoring order within the Nigerian Armed Forces so that they can more effectively deal with new Security concerns.

AA presidential candidate meets with Gov Wike at his residence.

Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers State, met with Action Alliance (AA) presidential candidate Hamza Al-Mustapha in a private discussion at his home in Port Harcourt about past months events. However, what Al-Mustapha and his group planned to discuss had yet to be made public at their meeting. After the meeting, they were kept from reporters. The visit, however, is being interpreted as further consultations in advance of next year’s general election, which some believe should be continuity within party lines. In recent years, many top politicians have met at Governor Wike’s residential space. This is especially the case after the Peoples Democratic Party presidential primary, which now has proceeded to cause reactions.


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