The Adamawa State Governor, Vice-Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd) and some officials of his government may come under the hammer of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for allegedly engaging in anti party activities in the recent by-election in the state.
Addressing a press conference in Yola on Thursday, Chief Joel Madaki, who is the chairman of the PDP faction loyal to national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, said the party would not tolerate any act of indiscipline among its members as the party’s constitution is supreme.
Mr. Madaki alleged that the governor and some of his appointees engaged in anti party activities that were injurious to the party during the recent by-election into the vacant Nassarawo-Binyeri constituency seat in the State House of Assembly following the demise of Ahmed Gangwaso.
Information Nigeria recalls that Governor Nyako unsure of the fate of his candidate, Mohammed Chiroma, who lost the PDP ticket to the Madaki-backed candidate – Umar Abdulkarim– urged his supporters to instead vote for the opposition candidate.
But announcing the party’s steps to take disciplinary actions against the governor, Mr. Madaki said, “We had invited PDP members who are officials in government for questioning as to why they engaged in anti-party activities for KOWA party during the Nassarawo-Binyeri constituency by-election. They were however instructed not to honour our invitation through a paid announcement by the former PDP secretary. Their failure to honour our invitation is a flagrant disregard to party supremacy. Certainly they can never be left unpunished”.
The PDP chairman further asked the governor and other elected representatives to reconsider their stance and contribute towards the success of the party as they were elected on its platform.
He also lamented the decay in the state’s civil service and attributed it to bad governance.
But in a swift reaction, secretary of the PDP faction loyal to Governor Nyako, Mr. P.P Elisha accused Mr. Madaki of acting out the script of Alhaji Tukur, an indigene of the state, to persecute some party chieftains.