James Barka, former Acting Governor of Adamawa State, has
announced his decision to dump the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC)
“because of its plethora of failed promises and lack
of credible leadership”.
Barka spoke on his planned defection to the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) when he received Tahir Shehu, the Adamawa State PDP
Chairman, and other leaders in audience at his residence in Yola.
Barka was Speaker of Adamawa State two times and later became
Acting Governor when Governor Murtala Nyako's first tenure was
nullified in 2008. He is currently a member of the Presidential
Committee on Northeast Initiative (PCNI). He was also Nigeria's
Ambassador to Malaysia under President Goodluck Jonathan.
"APC has failed Nigerians in a number of ways,” he said.
"We left the PDP back then in 2014 because of impunity, but
surprisingly, APC has become worse off when it comes to
On taming the tide of insecurity, he scored the Muhammadu Buhari-
led government low, saying the APC performance has been
He decried the persistent killings of innocent farmers in southern
part of Adamawa State by suspected herdsmen, and lamented that
the APC government was doing too little to arrest the situation.
Regarding governance on the home front, he criticized Jibirilla
Bindow Governor of the state, describing him as “an unreliable
"People should be people of integrity; when you say A, it should be
A,” he said.
"When you say Chairman, let's meet tomorrow by 11am, it should
be so.
“This is a government I helped to build, spending my resources and
time, but today they hardly recognize whether we exist at all.”
Barka then revealed that his formal return to the PDP will happen at
an elaborate ceremony in a couple of weeks.
While defecting from PDP to APC in 2015, Barja had said: “I am now
into a newfound party of mine which I believe is the party with good
manifesto to change the country that another party messed down
for good.”