Chairman of Waiver Panel and PDP’s National Organising Secretary, Abubakar Mustapha, have been warned against the granting of waiver to Nuhu Ribadu and others in a petition.
The petition titled: “objection to granting of waivers for the purpose of contesting the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship primaries in Adamawa state for the forthcoming October 11 bye-election,” was received at the party’s secretariat.
The seven petitioners comprising Dr. Umar Ardo, Ahmed Gulak, James Barka, Sen. Andrawus Sawa, Sen. Abubakar Halilu Girei, Dr. Idi Hong and Alhaji Awwal Tukur, prayed that Ribadu, Marwa and other aspirants be disallowed from participating in the primary.
They argued that Ribadu, Gunduri and Modibbo joined the PDP for the first time only recently, while Marwa and Kama returned to the party less than two years ago.
“We would ordinarily have had no objection to their being granted waiver to contest the governorship election, but what we cannot consent to is their presenting themselves for contest without subjecting themselves to the constitutional provisions of seeking waivers and strictly adhering to the process and for the national leadership to act otherwise,” the petition read in part.
Ribadu, in his reaction said, “those huffing and buffing over the entrance of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu into this race portray themselves as empty shells that they are.
“The attempt to truncate a legitimate process is totally condemnable and uncalled for. and there is no basis for opposition to granting of the waiver. We don’t seek for advantage over any aspirant. What we advocate for is for everybody to be allowed to participate in an open and transparent manner. No party member is superior to another,” he said.
It is not clear whether the party will oblige the petitioners’ request.