By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- AHEAD the October 11 gubernatorial election in Adamawa and primary election by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, erstwhile Military Administrator of Lagos and Borno States, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa and former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan, Barrister Ahmed Gulak have urged the PDP to ensure a level playing field for all aspirants.
Speaking with Journalists yesterday at PDP National Secretariat after returning his expression of interest and nomination forms, Marwa who called on PDP to ensure that he was granted waiver, said he will not leave the party if he cannot get the ticket, saying, “We built the Adamawa state PDP, I will remain in PDP.”
Also speaking with Journalists, Ahmed Gulak who warned that imposition would have a disastrous effect on the chance of the party in winning the state’s guber election, stressed that the least anybody could wish the people at this trying moment was for them to be allowed to choose their leader.
According to him, the bitter experience from the imposition of the impeached governor, Mutala Nyako, should deter whoever is contemplating similar idea to have a rethink.
Speaking on waiver Marwa said, “Certainly there is provision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) constitution which says all members who aspire to run for any office whether party’s position or actual government or elective positions, should have spent a minimum of two years failing which they will not be able to run, unless they are granted a waiver of this position.
“I don’t see any great difficulty with this in the sense that when the former chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur became chairman, you will recall the party structures were dissolved and new congresses were organized for the party and all those new members that crossed over then from the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), spent less than two months and were deemed qualified to run in the congresses and today they remain in elective positions.
“Nobody asked them for waiver, and none was given, based on that we have full confidence that the issue of waiver will not be an issue, because if it has been done in Adamawa state for others it will be extended,in any case fundamental also is that almost everybody in the party will ask for waiver because fresh registration took place at that time and so you will find out almost everybody has spent less than two years in the party.
“I have applied for waiver through the normal processes and I am confident that it will be amicably resolved.”
On whether he would repeat Keke NAPEP in Adamawa State, Marwa said, “By the grace of God and because of fear of God, our deep sincerity and commitment, our capacity for hardwork, our propensity to excel and care for the downtrodden, those things that I did in Borno and Lagos I will multiply them because you have to build on previous records. Even more so in my dear state which is unfortunately at the bottom of the ladder of all states due to unsatisfactory leadership in the previous dispensation.
“All the indices of progress beginning from security, in the northeast, I will bring to bear my background, my training, my experience and capacity to face squarely this challenge and by the grace of God working with other stakeholders and security agencies we should bring this issue of insecurity to a successful resolution. I am not saying that I General Marwa will bring things to will bring successful resolution, I am saying with my experience I will contribute meaningfully towards the resolution of this issues having been governor of the same northeast.”
On Consensus, he said, “Now we have to be very careful with the word consensus, the word by definition is an understanding of agreement reached among contestants, not somebody else does consensus. Fine, if the issue of consensus is to be contemplated, there is absolutely nobody who want to go through the rigours of all these stress, but having said that I know the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a party that wants the electoral process to be properly followed. And this has happened in Ekiti, Osun and there is no reason why the same process should not follow in Adamawa state.”
On former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Marwa said,”The word must be carefully examine, when you say afraid, may be are other people afraid of Marwa. May be that is what you mean, nobody drafted anybody, everyone of us willingly joined the race. It depends on what everybody has done the electorates will have the final say.
When asked if he was meeting with other aspirants, Marwa said, “I can confirmed that I have held meetings with few of the aspirants, over the last several weeks, it is a continous process, there is absolutely no reason why all of us intending to build our state if given the mandate should not be talking to ourselves because we are not enemies.
On whether he will leave PDP, he said, “We built the Adamawa state PDP, I will remain in PDP.”