The recent defection of General Muhammad Buba Marwa from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is generating serious controversies among various stakeholders in the state.
In a press statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to Governor Murtala Nyako, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, the government accused the former Lagos state Military Administrator of defecting to the PDP because his failure to extort money from Nyako and the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
“We are aware that the Marwa group has approached Governor Nyako severally for money and they had equally contacted former Vice President Abubakar for money as well,” he said.
Sajoh similarly said Marwa’s defection will not affect the fortunes of the party as he has no electoral value leading to his inability to win even his ward when he contested the governorship of the state under the platform of CPC in 2011.
“For us in Adamawa state, Marwa’s defection was of very little consequence as he has no electoral value as he could not even win his electoral ward during the 2011 gubernatorial contest” Sajoh said.
Sajoh similarly said that Marwa might have been encouraged to defect to the PDP following President Goodluck Jonathan’s assurances that by hook or crook he will ensure that PDP wins Adamawa state during his state visit at Bauchi last Saturday.
“These suggest that the defection of Buba Marwa and his group is as a result of preconceived assurance that 2015 elections in Adamawa state will be rigged in their favour using the military, police and other security apparatus as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC,”
In a swift reaction, for Marwa group Hon. Musa Bubakari Kamale dismissed the allegation as frivolous saying that the real reasons behind the defection of Marwa was due to the entrenchment of impunity, injustice, lack of internal democracy and undemocratic culture being entrenched in APC.
He said among the reasons that led to the defection of Marwa to PDP included non dissolution of the illegal task team, non involvement of caretaker officials in the organization of the mega rally in the state, operation of caretaker committee as one man show by Kobis Ari Thimnu and hijack of registration materials by council chairmen using thugs.