Taraba PDP Primaries: Stop that Madness in Wadata Plaza By Muhammad Adamu Auta
Before I proceed, let me make the following clarification: I am not a card-carrying member of PDP or its sympathizer, but my loyalty lies with the All Progressive Congress, APC. But as an indigene of Taraba state, I have every right to comment on issues bothering on our collective wellbeing and our future; and my argument is premised on the fact that, I am a stakeholder by virtue of my belongings to the state, Taraba.
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP last week conducted its nation-wide gubernatorial primaries where the party’s standard bearers were elected by delegates (Statutory, and elected) as contained in its constitution. However, few states including my state could not perform such rituals due to what the state chapter described as unresolved issues which requires the attention of the national working committee of the party. Five days later, the NWC shifted the Primaries to its Wadata Plaza headquarters and before you know it, all the elected delegates voyaged from Jalingo were barred from entering the premises of the party’s headquarters. Shortly after, the party in cohorts with the Presidency at the instance of a retired army general, anoint, hand-picked, and announced the emergence of Arc. Darius Isiyaku as the standard bearer of the party in the state, thus, shutting the door of other contestants.
As someone whose loyalty lies with the APC, I consider this as a blessing, because with Arc. Darius as the standard bearer, we can secure our victory effortlessly. He is not just unpopular, but a timid politically. As I write these lines, I have never come across a person who confesses to me that he is voting Darius come 2015. When I casually gauge the mood of the people of Taraba just after his announcement as the standard bearer, the result shows that, “calamity” has befallen on my people; because everyone was set off balance. Someone even asked: who is that Darius? Is he from Taraba? Where is his house located? This is to show you that, we are just a few meters to the Taraba Government House.
Now, politics apart, let’s talk about morality, with what PDP did to its aspirants in Taraba and other states such as the neighboring Adamawa State, what is democratic about the party? How would somebody who owns No house in Taraba sit down in Abuja and dictate who should be what in the state? How can someone born, schooled, and work (apart from his stint in the Jonathan’s cabinet) all his life in Kaduna come to Taraba as a Governor? How do you expect somebody who does not know the number of local governments in Taraba state to deliver? Are we in the Military era where military administrators emerged at the pleasure of the commander-in-Chief? Time shall tell….
Muhammad S. Adamu Auta
Ibrahim Road, Jalingo,
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