Gloating in Adamawa

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jul 22nd, 2014
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If there was any lingering doubt about the identities of the power-hungry schemers, who determined the untidy removal of the former Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, it was certainly laid to rest by the triumphalism of the former Speaker of the House of Assembly and Acting Governor, Umaru Fintiri.

The Acting Governor’s fourth day in office was dramatically and significantly marked by a revealing closed-door meeting he had with some high-profile officials of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja. There was no question about his gloating as he spoke with reporters afterwards.  “As a loyal and obedient party member,” he said, “I came on a courtesy call to my party and the National Working Committee as my first assignment after the battle to remove Governor Nyako who had stolen the mandate of the PDP under which he was elected.”  Fintiri added: “I came here to bring back the mandate and I have handed over to them the mandate. I promise that I will work together with the party, its leadership and the people of Adamawa to ensure that our party is restored to the people.”

A content analysis of Fintiri’s remarks indicates that Nyako’s impeachment and subsequent removal were most likely inspired more by his defection from the PDP to the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) than by his alleged “gross misconduct.”  This reasoning, of course, is based on the fact that the definition of the critical phrase should not reasonably include an individual’s voluntary movement from one party to another. In other words, irrespective of the veracity or invalidity of the charges against Nyako, the mission of the apparently teleguided legislators was to get rid of him by all means, including nauseatingly indecent and dishonourable methods, not to say legally-deficient processes.

It is worth observing that the accusations that fuelled the eventual removal of Nyako were not unveiled while he remained a member of the PDP, but were suddenly unearthed after his exit from the party. To a large extent, this fact colours the allegations even if they could be proved; and the conveniently delayed pursuit of punishment is itself a strong indictment of the integrity of the self-righteous accusers.

Expectedly, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, echoed Fintiri’s remarks, and was quoted as saying that the treatment Nyako got would restore the party’s dignity and roll back the rot caused by him.  Metuh’s choice of words is amazing because it suggests that he may not be conscious of the meaning they convey.  If undignified conduct is seen as having restored the party’s dignity, it is food for thought and should prompt a deeper examination, even a questioning, of the party’s values. Also, speaking of rot, what could be more rotten than the celebration of evil, which this big excitement represents?

Regrettably, this episode has once again demonstrated that the politically- powerful in the country are usually less guided by the spirit of the law and often more interested in how they can manipulate the letter of the law for narrow and short-sighted self-aggrandisement.

 


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