The crisis rocking the Adamawa State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has continued unabated as the former Presidential Adviser on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, has warned the national secretariat of the party not to “settle” Bala Ngilari with his duly won ticket.
Mr. Gulak, who won the ticket for the Adamawa state northern senatorial zone, noted that only seven aspirants contested the primary in Abuja and the Adamawa Governor, Mr. Ngilari, was not one of them.
“(Ngilari) did not even buy the form for the senatorial zone,” Mr. Gulak said. “The sitting governor did not contest with us and he cannot be the flag bearer of the Adamawa North senatorial district.”
Mr. Gulak, who addressed journalists in Yola, noted that Mr. Ngilari contested the governorship primaries and not the northern senatorial district primary.
“In fact he was screened in Bauchi and was declared to contest the PDP governorship ticket,” Mr. Gulak said. “I contested the primaries with six others. They are Col. Mana, Kari Abubakar, Mr. Cliff, Muhammad Murtala among others. I won the primaries with 84 votes; I was declared winner and my name duly submitted to INEC.”
He said he did not step down for anybody.
“I am aware of the substitution of my name for that of the governor by the national secretariat,” he said. “This is wrong unconstitutional and I am contesting this action in the court.”
He noted that Mr. Ngilari was currently the governor because of the court and he would pursue the case to a logical conclusion.
Mr. Ngilari lost the governorship ticket to Nuhu Ribadu in a primary that has remained a subject of controversy in the state.