- Says probe political misadventure
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Former Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu, has explained that the decision of incumbent Governor of the state, Umaru Al-Makura, to impose his choice candidate on Nasarawa people, is at the root of his current faceoff with the Governor.
“We have had at least three separate stakeholders meetings in his Office in Lafia, in the past eight weeks, during which he said publicly that he had no anointed candidate, only for him to now turn round and instruct public office holders and political appointees under him to line up behind a particular person.
“Now, I am tempted to wonder what has changed within these four weeks that he (Governor Al-Makura) is busy trying to muzzle any person opposed to his attempted imposition of an aspirant on the APC in Nasarawa State?”, Adamu said in a statement signed by his Legislative Aide, Jibrin Abdullahi.
Governor Al-Makura had on Wednesday set up a panel headed by the State Commissioner of Finance and Economic Planning, Ayuba Dogara Ayenajeh, to investigate the handling of the Farin Ruwa Independent Hydro-Power Project, the Zimbabwean Farmers Project, as well as concession arrangements for some Nasarawa State properties during Senator Adamu’s tenure as governor of the state.
Sen. Adamu who now represents Nasarawa West in the Senate, in the statement lamented that the Governor reneged on his promise to have no anointed candidates for the governorship and other political offices in the state, but to allow popular candidates emerge through popular and transparent process.
He said in one of the stakeholders meeting between the Governor and politicians in the State, Almakura had assured people aspiring to all political offices of level playing ground during the primaries of the party.
“Barely one month ago, I led a delegation of House of Assembly members, present and former commissioners, LGA chairmen, and APC local government chairmen to the Government House in Lafia to pay Sallah Homage to him (Governor Al-Makura) and he used that opportunity to assure people aspiring to all political offices of level playing field during the primaries of our party, the APC”, he said in the statement.
While restating his commitment to accord the Almakura all due respect as the Governor of his home state, Senator Adamu however, pointed out that as a firm believer in the democratic tenets of freedom of association and the freedom to hold opinion, he is entitled to support the aspiration of the persons he believes will serve the best interest of the people of the state.
“Such democratic ethos are what our party, the APC, and our leader President Muhammadu Buhari are striving to promote, which was why though the President accepted to go for direct primaries during his nomination process, he allowed other structures of the party to decide the mode of their primaries”, he said, stressing that Governor Al-Makura should also learn from the President by ensuring that Nasarawa goes through the 2019 elections through the democratic tenets, in line with the Constitution of the party.
Speaking on the setting up of a probe panel against his administration over uncompleted projects like: Farin Ruwa Independent Hydro-Power Project, the Zimbabwean Farmers Project, as well as concession arrangements for some Nasarawa State properties, Adamu described the probe as political misadventure.
He explained that the probe was hastily done to see if he will be forced into accept the abuse of democratic process enshrined in the APC’s Constitution in the process of selecting a governorship aspirant of the party for the 2019 election.
Dismissing the claims of the Governor that the Farin Ruwa Independent Hydro-Power Project was abandoned, the former governor observed that the project was about sixty percent completed when he left office in 2007, adding that since government is a continuum, he expected his successors to complete the project after his two terms in office.