Adamawa Gov, Ngilari, Cajoles 678 PDP Delegates With Appointment As Aides to Get their Votes
Faced with a tight race for the PDP ticket for the Adamawa governorship, the state governor, Bala Nggilari, met with delegates yesterday promising them incentives in a bid to have them elect him as the party’s flag-bearer in Monday’s primary election.
Some of the delegates who were part of the meeting described how Nggilari begged the delegates for votes with a pledge to go along with them throughout his tenure.
“The man has just announced that he is appointing all of us as special assistants on N50,000 salary, monthly. He said this will run for the entire tenure of four years,” one of the delegates alleged.
Another delegate said they are all being issued with a data form for entry into the government payroll. “We’re filling out the forms right now”.
If Mr Nggilari abides by his words to the delegates, the government will be lavishing N33.9 million every month on the 678 delegates, he said.
Nggilari who was impeached alongside the then governor, Murtala Nyako, had his impeachment reversed by a Federal High Court in Abuja in October.
He has since declared to vie for his party’s nomination for the governorship ticket against a pact earlier reached in September (though before his assumption of office) zoning the position to the Adamawa Central zone.
He is however facing stiff opposition from other aspirants including the former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu and the former executive secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Ahmed Modibbo.
In his reaction, the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr Maxwell Duku confirmed the development, adding that the governor has promised all the delegates special assistant (SA) positions regardless of whether they will vote him or not. “Being party members, the governor deemed it fit to appoint them as SA’s regardless of whether they will vote him or not,” Duku said.
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