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Confusion in Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as General Buba Marwa declared his intention to contest for the party’s ticket ahead of the by-election to elect a successor for ousted governor, Murtala Nyako.
Marwa who said that President Jonathan will not impose candidates for the party drew the ire of other aspirants in the state chapter of the PDP who described him as an opportunist that wants to reap where he did not sow.
One of the aspirants, Dr. Umar Ardo who immediately reacted to Marwa’s declaration tells DailyTrust that the former military administrator wants to ride on the rising popularity of PDP in the state to actualise his ambition after ditching the party saying Marwa is not eligible until he gets a waiver.
“Marwa ran away and abandoned the PDP for APC when the going was rough. Now that the rough road has been smoothened, he wants to come back and contest to sideline those who struggled to keep the party going”, he said.
Declaring his interest to contest for governorship at a meeting with PDP delegates from 21 local government areas of the state, Marwa said both the president and national chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu had assured him of their resolve to allow voters elect their candidate without undue interference.
“I know for a fact, some of you are worried that Abuja will nominate a candidate for the party. I assure you that no such plan is being anticipated. I met with the President and asked him directly about the issue and he gave me his words. I also discussed the matter with the national chairman. Both the president and the chairman want a candidate to emerge through election”, he stated.
Some party members have expressed fears that some powerful politicians may influence Abuja to impose their chosen candidate on the party irrespective of popularity.
He warned that the electorate will reject any attempt to subvert the right of the people to determine their candidate through a democratic process.
Calling on the delegates to vote for him, the former Military Administrator of Borno and Lagos states said Adamawa needs somebody who has excelled as state governor of a state to turn around the state.
Marwa promised free education, free medical care, job creation and improved infrastructure if voted in to power, saying “ If I could achieve a lot in Borno and Lagos, what stops me from doing better in my state?” he asked.