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Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

Crisis looms in Adamawa PDP as acting gov, party chair plot alliance

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By Lawrence Olaoye

here are indications that crisis may soon hit the compact Adamawa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as there are allegations that the Acting Govermor, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, had perfected plans to ally with the state party Chairman, Chief Joel Madaki, to outwit other aspirants eyeing the party ticket ahead of the October 11 governorship bye election in the state.

There are speculations that Fintiri had struck a deal with Madaki for him to frustrate efforts other aspirants while he becomes the deputy governorship candidate.

A source in the state chapter of the party disclosed that what the acting governor plans to do is to make the chairman to use his grip over the party to frustrate all other aspirants “while the acting governor fuel in money, as he currently does, to compromise delegates and other stakeholders.”

The source added, “their plan is to block other contenders from having their own people emerge as delegates at the congress scheduled for Monday, and subsequently deny the aspirants opportunity to meet with the elected delegates.

“Majority of the members of the state party executive are not in support of what is happening but the acting governor and the chairman are intimidating them with threats of exclusion or expulsion.

“The way they are going about this is really dangerous not only for the PDP in Adamawa but also democratic practice in the country. If Fintiri is allowed to go with his plans it would set a terrible precedence that may see Speakers impeaching the elected governors of their state and foist themselves on everybody.

“We cannot allow this to stand. You cannot come in mufti and stage a kind of military coup. The activities of Fintiri and his cronies signify height of desperation and lawlessness to satisfy myopic interest.

“We are submitting a petition to the national leadership of the party for it to do something about this because the way it is, no aspirant can be comfortable to go into the primaries when the process is already skewed in favour of one person.”

Meanwhile, the party’s national leadership on the issue of approval of waiver for those candidates who recently decamped into the party has begun to cause anxiety in the state.

The PDP National Working Committee (NWC), which is supposed to approve the waiver application, had last wee declined to do so.

But there are feelers that the applications may be granted today at the party’s executive meeting but some of the aspirants, who are old members of the party, have already begun moves to stall the process in order to disqualify those aspirants perceived as potent threats to their ambitions.

Those aspirants requiring waiver in order to participate in the September 6th primary include the former Chairman of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Military administrator of Lagos state, Gen. Buba Marwa and the former governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the 2011 governorship election in Adamawa, Engnr. Marcus Gundiri.


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