The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Adamawa state, Nuhu Ribadu, has stated that his party represents the change that is badly needed to bring about development in the state.
Speaking exclusively to PREMIUM TIMES in Yola, the Adamawa state capital recently, Mr. Ribadu said most people in the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state were responsible for the lack of development there when former Governor Murtala Nyako held sway.
“Those in the opposition today were the ones in the PDP and they were the ones who ran the state down,” Mr. Ribadu said. “They did so badly and then moved on to the APC. Today, PDP is surely the new deal; it is the change in Adamawa.”
The former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also said Adamawa State only began to witness relative development when the Speaker of the Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri, became the acting governor following the impeachment of Mr. Nyako.
Mr. Ribadu said most of the roads in the state capital, which were in terrible shape, were speedily rehabilitated, while even new ones are being constructed.
“Our roads are motorable now and we are even having functioning street lights for the first time in nearly eight years,” he said. “The acting governor did well, and Governor Ngilari has continued from where he stopped.
“Ask around and confirm what I am telling you, you must have noticed various on-going projects in the town, they were not there before.”
Speaking further, the former anti-corruption chief said the PDP of today in Adamawa had nothing to do with what happened in the past.
“We were never part of the government, we did not participate in the government; so what we have is new and fresh,” he said. “As the flag-bearer of the party today, I had nothing with the former government. It is therefore only fair to exclude us from the failure we are talking about.”
On his plans for Adamawa state, Mr. Ribadu said the first thing he would tackle is to ensure that all those who were displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency are resettled.
“I will unify the state and restore to normal the lives of the people displaced by the insurgency,” he said. “I will resettle and empower them. I will bring back the schools destroyed. I will restore full hospital services; this is going to be a priority.
“I will clean up the system of government. I will sanitise it. I will bring order by fighting crimes in Adamawa. It is time for anyone who is a criminal or a fraudster to leave Adamawa because when I come, they will have no hiding place. Some crimes associated with economic deprivation like cattle rustling will also be phased out. I intend to work honestly and bring all of us together to make Adamawa a safe place.
“Of course, I will preserve the people’s money. There will be no corruption in Adamawa. It is the money so saved that we intend to use to rebuild our schools and hospitals. I will provide water and build the roads. Adamawa is the only state in which local governments are not interconnected with tarred roads.
“I want to do feeder roads. I want to look for opportunity for people to get employment in all areas and sectors.”
Mr. Ribadu also said although he was aware that the requisite resources needed to carry out all his plans were not readily available, he said he would maximize whatever little he had, even as he promised to rapidly improve the state’s internally generated revenue.
“If you give me N10, I will use it such that if you see the work, you will think it is N50,” he said. “That is what my philosophy is all about.
“We will also see how we can improve the internally generated revenue. We will also reduce the cost of governance drastically. We will block all the loopholes of wastages. That is what I know how to do best. All my life, all I do is work.”