Marwa’s claim about PDP waiver false – Party Leader

Buba Marwa

Marwa is an Adamawa Governorship aspirant.

A Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain in Adamawa State, Umar Ardo, has said that the statement credited to former Lagos military governor, and Adamawa Governorship aspirant, Buba Marwa, that Mr. Marwa has been granted waiver by the National Headquarters of the party was false.

Mr. Marwa had last week informed a cross section of the party’s executives in the central and northern zones that the PDP headquarters had already granted him a waiver after he returned to the party from the All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Marwa had left the PDP before the 2011 election and joined the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, under whose platform he ran for the office of the Governor in the state.
Section 8 (b) of the PDP constitution 2012 as amended, which deals with the issue of returning members, states that such members are under probation for one year after their return unless they are granted waiver by the party’s NWC.

 “My attention is drawn to the claim by Gen. Buba Marwa in a meeting with party executives in Mubi as published by the Leadership Newspapers to the effect that “the issue of my waiver had since been taken care of at the party’s headquarters …” In fact, in the meeting Marwa categorically claimed that he had a waiver.

“I have very high respects for Gen. Marwa, but on this claim I am sure he is economical with the truth. Section 50 (10b) of the PDP Constitution is clear as to how waiver is obtained. The process starts from the ward level, through the Local Govt, to the State, to the Zonal, to the NWC and finally be approved by the NEC. The constitution is also clear that even the NEC lacks the power to grant waiver unless “the process of clearance of the waiver starts from the ward levels.

“Marwa claims that I was ignorant of his waiver as I did not verify from the party executives. But he is wrong, because I verified the facts before making my assertion. Marwa hails from Michika 2 Ward of Michika Local Govt. I have spoken to Mr. Adamu Iliya, the Chairman of Michika 2 Ward and he stated that not only Marwa never applied to the ward for waiver and therefore was never recommended but also he had never even seen Marwa in person since the latter’s purported return to the party,” Mr. Ardo said in a statement issued on Friday.
He also said he made inquiries from the PDP State Chairman on the issue and the latter denied any knowledge of such request coming from the Local Government chapter.

“I have also inquired from three members of the NWC and they all denied ever treating this issue in any of their meetings. Besides, I saw the agenda of the last NEC meeting and the issue of Marwa’s waiver was not there,” Mr. Ardo said.
“So, where and how did Marwa get the waiver he is making claim to? The truth is that Marwa has no waiver and his claim to having one is false. While I call on Marwa to both regularise his waiver process and acquaint himself with the party leadership in his ward, I take this opportunity to call on all PDP executives and members in the state to be wary of claims from desperate politicians as we approach the party primaries,” he said.


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  • Adamu

    General Buba Marwa has no waiver. He was childish for lying through his teeth. He returned to PDP on 30th March. He has been a member of PDP for less than four [4] months. The PDP Constitution requires 2-year membership to be eligible to fly the party’s flag at an election. Buba Marwa made a fool of himself by telling such a lie. He made himself a laughing stock too. All members of the PDP know that he is not eligible to contest without a waiver and no member of the PDP has received his application for waiver. It is folly for Buba Marwa to say nobody else in the PDP except himself knows he has a waiver. This is a ridiculous thing to say. Just pure dishonesty. It gives a very bad impression of Buba Marwa. He will never be granted a waiver for telling such a lie against the PDP National National Working Committee.

  • Ali

    Why is there no comment on this story? Do folks consider Brigadier Marwa’s claim of having obtained a waiver within four months of re-joining PDP a no-brainer or what? Well, my own take is that Brigadier Marwa is the one to show his waiver letter, if any, since there is nothing like oral waiver of a party constitution. Until he can show it he’ll be talking to himself.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Ali, there are few comments required on this story because no one is interested in kicking a dead horse.

      What I have read here is a derision of Mr. Marwa. There is not much else to say to someone who has insisted on making a fool of himself by dancing naked in the village market.

      Mr. Marwa has demystified Mr. Marwa by showing up Mr. Marwa as just another hungry, self-serving and unprincipled Nigerian politician.

      In such a scenario, would you blame the readers and other Nigerians for the lack of empathy in this matter?

  • Ahmad

    Marwa ke nan! From AC to PDPigs to CPC, to APC and now back to PDPigs. Haba! A rolling stone gathers no moss.