Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako
• Faction accuses governor of anti-party activities
Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, has debunked allegations that he was at loggerhead with the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, following his failure to receive Tukur at the Yola International Airport, when the chairman visited the state penultimate Wednesday.
In his reaction, Nyako explained that he was not formally invited to receive the national chairman, stressing that no PDP official or member approached him, or phoned him to the effect that the chairman was visiting.
He said the national chairman would always remain his kinsman, adding that the fact that they had varied interest in politics did not mean that Tukur was his enemy.
Nyako disclosed that a mere public announcement was not the formal way to invite a personality like him, who occupies the number one seat of the state and the leader of the party in the state, which Tukur chairs at the national level.
The governor cautioned politicians against peddling rumours aimed at heating up the polity.
“As far as I am concerned, there is a cordial relationship between me and the national chairman. We only have political differences and that is what the people need to know.
“Our position as leaders of the party is to work collectively for the interest of the citizenry and not on our personal interest,” the governor stated.
The state of emergency, the governor had protested the inclusion of the state among the three states where emergency rule was declared last May.
While appealing to the citizens to remain calm, Nyako admitted that: “ it is true that the state has witnessed a few criminal activities by armed hoodlums in the past few years, but so are other states in the federation.”
He described the state as a peaceful state in the North-eastern zone as declared by national and international peace groups.
Nyako reiterated his administration’s determination to ensure that roads of medium and short distances like Bauchi street in Jimeta area of the state capital and such other roads in the state capital were given priority in the rehabilitation exercise funded by state’s fund and intervention funds from World Bank and African Development Bank (ADB).
He expressed dismay that the amount of money earlier spent by the state government on the reconstruction of some federal roads in the state was yet to be reimbursed.
The governor disclosed that currently, works were in progress on the construction of Fufore/Ribadu road, Army Barracks/Mayo-Inne road, while plans were on for the rehabilitation of Fulbi road.
In denouncing the opposition to his administration by some political elite from the state, based in Abuja, he said it was all out of envy, going by the support his administration enjoyed from the masses of the state.
But as if to give verve to Nyako’s accusation of envy against the political elite of the state, the factional Chairman of PDP in Adamawa State, Chief Joel Madaki, had accused Nyako of anti-party activities in the state.
While addressing journalists in Yola, Madaki maintained that no individual was above the party’s supremacy, adding that Nyako needed to be called to order.
He said he had sent a letter of complaint to the disciplinary committee authorised by the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), urging it to take disciplinary action against members involved in anti-party activities.
Nyako was among four northern governors, who paid solidarity visit to the Governor of Rivers State, last Tuesday.
Madaki also claimed that his faction had established a case of anti-party activities against Nyako and his supporters, especially during the recent by-election held at Nassawo-Binyeri State Constituency.
He further accused Nyako of neglecting the manifesto of the party, which had led to non-functional civil service in the state, pointing out that: “This has portrayed our PDP government in bad light; and when we fail to make self assessment and criticism, then vibrant opposition parties will do it for us.”
He, therefore, called on Nyako to pay the civil servants their entitlements. arguing that the declaration of the Nyako administration, that “no work no pay” cannot be allowed to stand.
In his reaction, the factional Secretary of the party loyal to Nyako, Mr. P.P. Elisha, described Madaki as a drowning man, who wants to be politically relevant by all means.