By Daji Sani
Stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa State Sunday expressed sadness at the state of development in the state, saying there was need to apologise to the people of the state over their respective roles in the emergence of Governor Murtala Nyako.
The stakeholders argued that this had become imperative given Nyako’s leadership style, which they claimed had brought untold hardship and pains to the state.
The stakeholder’s forum, which was held at Professor Jubril Aminu’s residence near the Government House in Yola, witnessed a massive attendance of aggrieved PDP stalwarts, including Aminu himself, Senator Bello Tukur, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta, Alhaji Muhammad (Walin Ganye), Joel Madaki, Dr. Umar Ardo, and others who expressed worry over the conduct of Nyako in the administration of the state.
Aminu in his welcome address, apologised to the people of the state for the role he played in imposing Nyako on them.
“I supported Nyako having in mind his credentials would bring glory to Adamawa people, I will not get tired of apologising to Adamawa peoples for supporting governor Nyako,” he said.
Aminu disclosed that, “instead of politicians to strive towards bringing dividends of democracy, they only promote their personal benefits a development which relegates democratic practice in the land because an attempt was made to drag security personnel to prevent the ward congresses from holding through a ban on political activities at the instance of the governor but the security operatives refuses to be cowed.”
On his part, Tukur said his estrangement with Nyako was a blessing in disguise due to accusations levelled against him that he was responsible for the governor’s lack of performance.
“I am vindicated that even after I left the government of Nyako, lack of performance has persisted,” he claimed.
In his speech, spokesman for the group, Dr. Umar Ardo, said the current congresses taking place in the state represents the best form of resolving the crisis bedeviling the party in the state for the past six years.
He also commended the Ambassador Umar Damagum-led committee and the structure put in place in conducting free, fair, transparent and credible congresses.
“We seize this opportunity to thank the chairman and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) for their firm stance to see that the state issue is resolved through the current democratic process taking place,” he said.
Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Ambassador Umar Damagum, commended the people of the state, saying they gave him the needed support to discharge his duties.
“I was amazed by the support I got from Adamawa people which was responsible for the success so far recorded but that is understandable because the people are tired and readily need change,” he added.
Damagum appealed to people to support him in putting an enduring structure in the state.
Meanwhile, the governor has been accused of trying to circumvent established rules by rushing to appoint an acting Chief Judge in the state in order to frustrate the conduct of the remaining congresses.
It was gathered that the governor was alleged to be moves to appoint one Nathan Musa, as the acting Chief Judge in the state so as to get a court injunction to stall the proceeding of the congresses.
A source told THISDAY that the state had been operating without an acting Chief Judge or the substantive Chief Judge for sometime now.
“The state government in an effort to stop the congresses in the state is said to be making moves geared towards obtain a court order, but the absence of a Chief Justice in the state, however, is said to be threatening the move, which the governor is not comfortable with,” the source added.