Adamawa Acting Governor, PDP Leaders on War Path Over Succession Battle
Political events unfolding in Yola, the Adamawa State capital since the ouster of the firmer governor of the state, Rear Admiral Murtal Nyako (Rtd) has continued to vindicate Abusidiqu.
Abusidiqu had in the wake of the impeachment of Nyako reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), may be the final loser in the entire political chess game that saw the removal of Nyako, as it may be faced with internal political crisis that may consume it.
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Shortly after the ouster of Nyako, two bigwigs in the party, former Lagos State Administrator, General Buba Marwa and Umar Ardo engaged each other in a political brit-bat over who would pick the party’s ticket for the election that will produce a new governor for the state.
Marwa, formally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defected to the then Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), under which he contested for the governorship seat, but lost to Nyako. When the CPC and other political Parties merged to form the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Nyako defected from the PDP to the APC, an irreconcilable difference between them developed and as a result, Dumped the APC and returned back to the PDP.
Upon the removal Nyako, he indicated interest to vie for the seat again, as some PDP delegates endorsed him to contest for the governorship election.
Addressing the delegates and PDP leadership, General Marwa thanked them for his endorsement and stated that he will get the ticket for the election as President Jonathan has stated that there will be no imposition of candidates for the position. His declaration however triggered Crisis in the Adamawa PDP as some other aspirants kicked against his ambition.
One of the other aspirants, Dr. Umar Ardo said the former military administrator wants to ride on the rising popularity of PDP in the state to actualise his ambition after ditching the party saying Marwa is not eligible until he gets a waiver.
But just as Marwa and Ardo are on each others throat with accusations and counter accusations from both camp, the State Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri has opened another door of crisis for the party with his interest to contest for the governorship seat.
Fintiri, the former speaker of the State Assembly who spearheaded the removal of Nyako had stormed the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja last week beating his chest for ‘delivering’ on the impeachment of the former governor.
It was gathered that Fintiri’s posters have already flooded Yola proclaiming his interest in the race to succeed Nyako.
But the PDP is gripped by tension over Fintiri’s interest as several other top members also showing interest.
Stakeholders who masterminded the ouster of the former governor say the plan was never intended to make Fintiri substantive governor.
One of the stakeholders said they might return to the trenches against the Acting Governor if he tries to impose himself on the state.
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Fintiri has already put machinery in place to hijack the PDP structure to fulfill his ambition.
It was learnt that he does not want to return to the House of Assembly as its Speaker.
A highly-placed source privy to the plot said: “The acting governor of Adamawa State is moving fast and clearly will slip very fast on banana peels on his path. His posters have been posted in strategic places all over the state capital urging him to move on to complete the tenure of Nyako. This is coming barely two weeks after the ouster of Nyako and resignation of the Deputy Gov Bala Ngilari.
“Those urging the acting governor on are obviously playing the script of his close friends without recourse to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.”
Fintiri’s supporters want him to remain in office in view of the security challenge in the state and on the excuse that it will be too costly to run two elections in Adamawa within six months.
They are advocating the ‘Doctrine of Necessity’.
But a source in the state said:”They totally forget that a state assembly cannot apply the Doctrine of Necessity to suit its wishes. Alternatively, Fintiri’s colleagues in Adamawa State House of Assembly are touting the idea that what the acting governor needs to do is to get all PDP governorship candidates in the state to agree and present him as a consensus candidate in elections within the stipulated 90 days with the understanding that the governor will then not contest in Feb 2015 elections.
“Fintiri seems to have bought the idea. He has not only mobilised his colleagues in the Assembly for the project who are already canvassing same but he also has wooed chairmen of local governments who had gone to the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to PDP and promised full release of local government funds.
“He promised to take them to Abuja where they in turn would request President Jonathan as the Leader of PDP to ensure Fintiri completes Nyakos term.”
But another source asked the PDP to watch it because it might lose the state to the opposition if Fintiri is fielded.
He said the electorate in the state cannot be taken for granted by the PDP.
The second source added: “All these permutations are assuming that Adamawa electorate are ignorant because the acting governor had actually toyed with the idea of moving to the APC at the height of Nyako’s reign.
“As the Speaker of the Assembly, he was at Lamido Cinema all night with Nyako at the venue of APC state Congress in Adamawa where a deal was reached between Nyako, ex-Vice- President Atiku Abubakar and the ex-Speaker on the leadership of APC in the state.
“It was when Nyako outsmarted both Atiku and the ex-Speaker that the Speaker vowed to return to PDP with all his members to deal with Nyako. He got the Assembly to dust up Nyako’s sins and get him out . This they did.”
A pro-Fintiri stakeholder said: “Does it make sense for PDP to have another candidate to complete Nyako’s tenure? Why can’t we allow Fintiri to lead the state till February 2015 when we will be due for another election?
“If by October a new candidate is elected as the PDP governor in Adamawa State, he won’t be able to settle down till February and he won’t achieve anything. This state needs to be stabilised after Nyako’s exit. A few of us are supporting Fintiri’s aspiration as substantive governor because of the need for stability and continuity.”
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