Crisis Looms in Adamawa PDP as Acting Governor Fintiri Plots Fresh Move with Party Chairman
Indications that the Adamawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), would soon be engulfed in crisis heightened yesterday with a fresh plot by the Acting Governor of the Adamawa, Umar Fintiri plotting to actualize his governorship ambition.
Fintiri has allegedly perfected plans to recruit the state chairman of the party, Chief Joel Madaki to work towards the actualisation of his governorship ambition, thereby forestalling the chances of other aspirants.
At least 11 persons including the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu who recently joined the party has indicated interest to contest for the party’s gubernatorial primary election slated for September 6.
Despite the criticism by stakeholders on the allege move by the governors, Fintiri is bent on actualizing his plan.
It was gathered yesterday that Fintiri promised the party chairman that he would make him his running mate if he helps him to get the party’s nomination.
According to a source in the state chapter of the party, moves by the acting governor was to use the chairman in getting a grip over the party as that would help frustrate other aspirants, saying, “while the acting governor fuel in money, as he currently does, to compromise delegates and other stakeholders.
“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.”
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