Adamawa Bye-Election: Marwa denies stepping down for Ribadu, Fintiri

Buba Marwa

A former military administrator of Lagos State, Buba Marwa, has denied speculations that he has stepped down for the state acting-governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, ahead of the October 11 Adamawa governorship bye-election.

Mr. Marwa, who plans to run on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said he had also not shown support for another aspirant, Nuhu Ribadu.

Speaking in Yola Tuesday, Mr. Marwa told journalists that though he held consultations with some of the PDP aspirants, he was yet to step-down for any contestant.

“Yes, I had talks and discussion with some of my co-contestants but we are yet to arrive at a conclusion. Instead, I should rather ask them to step down for me,” he said.

Commenting on the issue of waiver within the PDP, the former military administrator said it had been overtaken by events. He pointed out that, in previous cases, some people who defected to PDP were allowed to contest executive positions after spending only two months in the party.

He said he expected the same gesture to be given to him, Mr. Ribadu and Barkus Gundiri – all three aspirants being defectors from the All Progressive Congress, APC, -in the spirit of fairness.

“Our constitution in PDP says you can run for election on the platform, for executive or party position after a two-year stay in the party unless you get a waiver. Those with me in the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, who went to PDP in less than two months, participated in congresses; did anybody talk about waiver?

“Since nobody talked about waiver, what that meant was they were given waiver by implication. So if those people were given waiver, why will our own be different,” he queried.

He assured the people of the state that he was following the process of securing the waiver. He said the affected aspirants’ complaints had been sent to the national secretariat of the party and expressed confidence that the matter would be resolved amicably.

When asked about his view of the acting governor, Mr. Fintiri, contesting the bye-election, Mr. Marwa said, “The best person that will answer the question will be the acting governor himself, but I know I heard different comments. Ultimately, a man has to take his decision on what he feels is appropriate and what he thinks he ought to do. The bottom line, the electorates will have the final say.”

He said he was ready to support the PDP even if he lost out as an aspirant, provided a level play ground was produced. He noted that President Goodluck Jonathan had assured all the contestants a level playing ground.

“There is no anointed candidate from presidency or the national leadership of PDP. I wish to say this categorically that I myself have sat face to face with President Goodluck Jonathan, when I went to notify him of my intention. Mr. President made it very clear that he did not believe in imposition and the anointment of a candidate. He believes in democracy, rule of law and the electoral process.

“Mr. President told me himself that the PDP wanted the most popular, most acceptable candidate to emerge. So it is up to all aspirants to compose themselves, sell themselves to the electorates and provide the programmes they have for the people,” he said.


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  • Shariff.

    Haka ne sarkin aiki. Going by track records in all aspects everybody knows that you are the most qualified amongst your party line up, but PDP(shegyar uwa)doesn’t care one bit about internal democracy. But since you were assured level playing ground, my prayers is good health and God guardiance so that you come out victorious.

    • israel amulum

      Yes marwa. deserves to govern adamawa,based on track record

      • David tumba

        Yes. Marwa is the man, but if we repeat past mistake and diny our vote to marwa, za muyi kuka

    • David tumba

      Wane sarkin, aiki? Marwa ko ribadu. Nigeria ta sheda ayukan marwa, ribadu fa? Sherif! Is not all about party, is about who can take us to the next level, Kai ma ka ce pdp shegiyar uwa kaman yanda na yi zagi ga nyako. Allah ya ba wa marwa mulkin Adamawa, sai ka cika mana da amin

  • checkmate

    PDP behind suicide bombings in Nigeria – Ribadu

    Former presidential flag bearer of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should be held responsible for incessant suicide bombings in the country.

    Ribadu also blamed the ruling party for the high rate of insecurity and corruption currently rocking the nation.

    According to him: “The PDP has ruled Nigeria since 1999 and the only things it brought to us are insecurity, suicide bombings and corruption at the highest level.”Speaking further, he said “PDP has failed Nigeria. It is time to give the opposition a new chance. I call on other opposition parties to join the new train of progressives.” Ribadu who spoke to Daily Sun in Abuja at the weekend, also warned members of the newly-formed All Progressives Congress (APC) to be wary of the antics of those dissatisfied with the emergence of the party. “Those benefitting from today’s political structure will not want the new party to succeed”. – Daily Post. February 12, 2013

    THIS IS RIBADU FOR YOU FOLKS. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HIM NOW? A KINDERGARTEN POLITICIAN, AN UNPRINCIPLED MAN, A DESPERATE POSITION-SEEKING PERSON OR A CONFUSED MAN.

  • Easy

    My Questions are; Did the people of Adamawa voted for Ribadu in the 2011 Presidential Election? Which candidate among the presidential candidates had the highest votes in that election in Adamawa state? What is Ribadu’s popularity amongst the people of Adamawa state? The answers to these questions will give me the clue on who really is Ribadu. The people Adamawa should be the ones to clearly show us who Ribadu is.

  • Efe1

    Katakata don dey burst. Watch this space, blow go begin fly for Adamawa PDP soon. And Ribadu will be humble and left looking hopelessly silly.

    • Francis510

      We dey wait for Roforofo fight.

  • Francis510

    PDP should give it Marwa is the most qualified person. Hahahaha Mr Ribadu don failed. You want waiver, no way.

  • Madiba

    Buba Marwa, this is what you get by being desperate. If you had stayed put in APC, you would have naturally been the guy to beat in the party. You would have contested against Ribadu and this would have been opportunity for you to really test your popularity once again. This would have also produced a good contest with good options for the electorate and enriched us all. But you goofed. Can you learn from this? Sorry sha.

    • David tumba

      Is not all about party, is about capability. I believe marwa have the ability.

  • David tumba

    In this present generation, is not easy to get such opportunity, for someone like marwa to come out and seek to govern adamawa. If we become selfish and diny marwa, we will pay the price, let appreciate marwa from his past records.