PDP Has Completely Failed Nigerians — Former Gov Abdullahi Adamu
Former governor of nasarawa state, senator Abdullahi Adamu, in a recent media chat with reporters said that the ruling peoples democratic party (PDP) has failed woefully in addressing unemployment and corruption in the country and that the all progressives congress (APC) is set to reposition Nigeria.
As a former PDP governor, do you consider the APC as the alternative to further the good course of democracy in Nasarawa state?
I think I want to believe the course the APC is charting is intended to salvage the fortunes of Nigerian democracy. The whole essence of the APC message is to reposition Nigeria and there are two major areas that the PDP has failed woefully to address in the country.
First is unemployment. Our army of young men and women in Nigeria who have gone through the educational ladder- the best they could- attended the highest possible height at this point in time, yet remained unemployed.
This problem also affects the security because a hungry man is an angry man. As a first measure, we have plans unlike the PDP that has failed to develop a plan over the past 16, 17 years that it has been in power, it has failed to develop a plan to tackle unemployment in the country.
The PDP has abused over time the confidence, the trust that Nigerian voters gave to the party. The PDP has failed in its social contract with the people. And the APC will stir the course for the better, is set to address that.
Secondly, over and above employment, there is this canker worm of corruption that has made service delivery in the system impossible, it has infested the system from the highest quarter down and the establishment seen to condone corruption: only the weaklings are caught, only the weaklings are taken in but those who have supported the- powers- that- be go scotch free.
I think this canker worm of corruption must stop and the rule of law must prevail. It is not prevailing at this point in time because of corruption.
So the crises ravaging the country from the South south, South East and now you are talking about Boko Haram insurgency in spite of huge resources committed into fighting insecurity, it seems we have security that is weak, there is insecurity everywhere, none is secured, if you are banker, you are in your house wherever, you are not secured.
The executive has failed, insecurity is rampant and it is happening under Jonathan’s watch. And the followership has been denied the right to hold their leaders to account: if you speak against them they get you arrested or you are intimidated. We can’t go on like this.
One of your colleagues Senator Danjuma Goye said the APC is yet to perfect its manifestoes, what are the critical areas of APC’s yet-to-be published manifestoes that are in tandem with your personal conviction?
It depends on what you understand by what he said. You know no party comes out without manifestoes, of course every party throws up manifestoes so the manifestoes you are talking about must be put in specific context, is it that the manifesto is lacking from the constitution of the party as for what the party intends to do? What you called business plan or manifesto? Obviously, at every election, parties sort out specific issues. So, it depends on what context. I didn’t hear the question put to him and I have not read any paper yet to see what Goje said, so I won’t respond to the question
Mr. Labaran Maku has in recent times accused you, among others defectors, of pursuing selfish political interest rather than the public interest you claimed, how will you react to this?
I am not a reactionary. Labaran Maku is my boy. If he grows as far as to touch the sky above, he remains my product. I don’t join issues with someone in my stable. He is my boy. Go and ask him whether he is my boy or not.
I brought him to limelight. I made him a commissioner, I made him my deputy (Governor) So I won’t react to his utterances. If he doesn’t see me as one of the people that God used to make him I see myself as one. And the people that he calls his people know I did it. That’s what God wills and God did it through me. Whatever he is today I started him up. I don’t respond to Maku.
Some of you former PDP members defected to the APC, but your letter of defection submitted to the senate is yet to be responded to….
Cuts in… I don’t need an answer for that, don’t worry yourself. I am the senator involved. My own politics is local. I do whatever I do after my consultation with those I have to consult with. If l go back today I will still be elected by the grace of God. I don’t need reply from anybody. The worst scenario, bottom line is to kick me out of the senate.
They can’t do it, yes, they can’t do it. They can’t succeed. If they want my constituency to recall me they can’t succeed. My people know why I am in the APC today. The APC is the future. So my people can’t recall me because I have defected to the APC.
Secondly, the PDP cannot complain because when you want to go to equity you must go to equity with clean hands. The hands of PDP in this regard is dirty, it is soiled.
Some group from Nasarawa West Senatorial District have alleged that you are merely aligning yourself with Governor Tanko Al Makura’s power of incumbency to enable you contest for senate in 2015, could this claim be true?
I will invite you anytime you have opportunity even from today for as long I am alive to come to my constituency. That is just the making of some guys who are jealous about what I have done. You can go anywhere in constituency and may see what I have done.
Now I have more followership than when I was in the PDP for your information and I am saying this with authority. So this is not the constituents say, but what the so-called group says.
Sir, there is a recent development in your state and it has to do with the alleged threat to impeach your state governor, Al Makura, how real is this threat?
Well I won’t want to comment on that yet. But definitely I have read about it. Definitely earlier on, there have been actions that point in that direction but the governor was able to contain the situation.
This time around there is talk about presidency’s direct involvement. This one is political and when there is a political problem you solve it politically.
We are from Nasarawa state by the grace of God, l am not challenging the legislators, it is within their call to look at issues. But let them tarry awhile, let them think a little bit.
What they want to do, is it in the best interest of Nasarawa state? We already have our problems, if more are added to these only God knows what the repercussions will be.
Nasarawa state is the closest neighbour to Abuja. If anybody puts Nasarawa state on fire only God knows where it will go to, how far it will spread. Don’t ignite fire in Nasarawa state, that’s my warning.
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