A communal group, “The Adamawa Collective”, has accused the National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Principal Private Secretary to the President, Hassan Tukur, of ethnic bias against Governor Bala James Ngilari in order to stop him from contesting in 2015.
Eli Gamaniel and Panny Boga, National Coordinator and Secretary of the group said Muazu and Tukur exempted Ngilari from the governorship race to pave way for a candidate from the Fulani stock, particularly former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu. “It is on record that Muázu and Tukur have mounted tremendous pressure on Governor Ngilari to drop his governorship ambition in 2015 for the Senate, with the excuse that it has been zoned and reserved for the Fulanis, particularly, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu,” the group said.
The group said since Ngilari was not in office at the time the governorship slot was zoned to Adamawa Central district, he could not be bound by it. Rather, they said political exigency made Ngilari the governor, pointing out the doctrine as alibi for Ngilari’s eligibility.
The group said: “The Doctrine of Necessity that brought President Goodluck Jonathan to office during the illness and later death of Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua remains a good reference point for the PDP.
“It was in that same spirit of the doctrine of necessity that late Governor Patrick Yakowa continued in office and contested in 2011 and won.”
The group urged the governor not to “negotiate away the rights of every tribe and faith to govern Adamawa State,” while accusing the PDP of double standards.