Waiver: PDP Decides Ribadu, Marwa’s Fate Ahead Of Adamawa Bye- Election
The National Working Committee, NWC of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP), will today (Wednesday) meet over applications for waiver forwarded to the party by three of the aspirants ahead of the October 11 gubernatorial election in Adamawa State.
It was gathered that some of the aspirants whose applications for waiver will be deliberated upon include a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, General Buba Marwa (rtd) and one other aspirant whose identity was not immediately known as at press time.
A party source who pleaded not to be disclosed told newsmen that the “NWC would deliberate on the applications of the aspirants on merit” adding that it will then take “appropriate decision and give anticipatory approval where necessary on behalf of the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC if they scaled through all hurdles in line with provisions of the party’s constitution.”
Ribadu had in compliance with Section 50 of PDP’s constitution applied for waiver from the leadership of the party to allow him contest the governorship primary election.
But, while picking his form, a former political aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, had questioned the eligibility of Ribadu and Marwa to contest the election on ground that they have not been granted waiver to contest.
While commenting on the recent development, the National Secretary of the Party, Professor Wale Oladipo told newsmen that they have gotten waiver applications from others states besides Adamawa adding however that “all applications would be treated on merits.”
However, the number of aspirants in the Adamawa governorship bye election has increased to 14 on Tuesday as Senator Abubakar Haliru Girei collected his express of interest and nomination forms.
Girei, who purchased his forms through an associate, Micheal Tika, said Senator Girei is not afraid of any aspirant, noting that his principal stands a very good chance to clinch the party’s ticket.
“He will do well and defeat all the candidates in the governorship election in Adamawa State. I think Senator Girei is a democrat, when he comes to that bridge, he will know how to cross it.
”Senator Girei is not afraid of anybody but one is not saying that the former chairman of EFCC is not a governorship material. All the aspirants that I have seen that have come forward for Adamawa governorship seat are good materials but I want to say that Senator Girei is a better material. He will stand for transparency, he will stand for the rule of law and he will stand for progress,” Tika declared.