Crisis is imminent in Adamawa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as General Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) yesterday declared his intention to vie for the governorship ticket of the party, to contest the yet to be fixed governorship bye election in the state.
Following the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako on the 15th of this month and the emergence of Ahmadu Fintiri as acting governor, the stage is set for the election of a substantive governor. The substantive governor elected will complete the tenure of the ousted governor.
Marwa, while making his declaration during a meeting with the party’s delegates, yesterday in Yola, said his desire to contest for the exalted position was borne out of his desire to serve the people, given his experience as a former military governor in both Borno and Lagos states.
But, shortly after Marwa made his intention to contest the state governorship election known, another PDP chieftain in the state, Dr. Umar Ardo, said the retired general was not qualified to contest on the party’s platform.
Marwa, in his address, told the delegates and party supporters from Adamawa Central Senatorial Zone, which comprised 8 of the 21 local governments in the state, that if elected governor, he will declare free education at all levels in Adamawa.
The governorship aspirant, who traced his track record of achievements in Borno and Lagos states, declared that he stood better chance of ruling Adamawa state because of his previous experiences.
The former Nigerian high commissioner to South Africa, also declared that his exposure as a diplomat gives him an edge over other aspirants, saying he wants to govern the state to bring it out of its doldrums.
Marwa also promised that if voted into power, his administration intends to build an independent power plant that will take care of the erratic power supply to the state. Besides, he said he also intends to make healthcare services free, and assured the people of an accountable government, devoid of deceit and corruption as experienced in the past.
The former Lagos state administrator urged the delegates to resist any attempt at imposition of a candidate on them by ensuring they elect their candidate at a party primary.
However, reacting to Marwa’s declaration at a parley with newsmen, also in Yola, Dr. Ardo declared that the retired military officer lacked the moral right to contest the election on the platform of the PDP.
Dr. Ardo, who is also an aspirant asked: “Marwa ran away and abandoned PDP for APC when the going was rough. Now that the rough road has been smoothened, he wants to come and contest and sideline those that struggled to keep the party together?”
The governorship aspirant said Marwa must go back to his ward, local government, state and zonal levels and collect his waiver from the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) and the National Working Committee (NWC), if he hopes to contest on the PDP platform.
“Besides, by the provisions of sections 8 (b) & 50 (9) of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2012), Marwa and his likes are not eligible to contest any elective office under the platform of the party except given a waiver. And the procedure of obtaining a waiver is clearly stipulated under Section 50 (10b) of the Constitution.
“As a rational being, he should have done first things first, i.e., get the waiver first before declaring to contest.
“But certainly Adamawa will not recommend waiver for Marwa because it will be tantamount to appointing a deserter as commander of the military formation he deserted on the battlefield. No army in the world can do that – and we won’t do it in Adamawa.
“In any case, if we had also chickened out like he did, where would he have had the party to come back to contest under?”, Ardo further asked rhetorically.