By Umar Muhammad Puma
A lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Rep Ahmed Fons Nwangubi has warned the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the imposition of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as the consensus candidate of the party in the forth coming governorship bye election in the State.
Rep Ahmed who represents Mayo Belwa, Jada, Ganye and Tango Federal Constituency of Adamawa gave the warning while assessing the current political situation within the PDP in Adamawa, saying such a move may lead to a bad outing for the party at the polls.
The former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu had defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP with a view to contesting the governorship election come October.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, Rep Ahmadu said “the coming of Nuhu Ribadu to the PDP is not a big deal to the people of Adamawa state, because it is not what gives the PDP strength. The party has always being very strong in the state without Ribadu”.
“The most important thing is that, the party must allow all the interested candidates go through the process of primaries, instead of somebody saying that he or she is coming from above to carry an automatic ticket in the name of consensus”.
“My understanding of consensus is when all the interested candidates come together and select one person to pick the ticket on their behalf. But when you impose a candidate and say ‘order from above’, you are now trying to say that God has chosen the person to represent the party, because He is the only one above”, he said.
On whether a Ribadu ticket would put the PDP in good stead to win the election, he expressed reservations on the sincerity and loyalty of the anti corruption crusader to the PDP should he be given the mandate to govern the State.
He said, “Personally, I think that Ribadu is somebody whom after being made governor could dump the party and go back to the APC. If not, I don’t see why he could not contest the position under the APC”.
“From what I’ve heard, they are about fifteen of them vying for the position, including the acting governor. If the party must avoid what happened in Osun and repeat the Ekiti experience, the national leadership must allow the state chapter to carry out a due process of primaries from where we can all rally round whoever emerged for the main election, in order to ensure victory for the party”, he submitted.
He commended the efforts of security personnel within the state in minimizing the spate of insurgency, saying that the election could hold hitch-free given adequate presence of security and preparations on the part of INEC. He also commended the INEC leadership for doing a good job in improving electioneering processes in Nigeria by ensuring that loop holes for malpractices are blocked.