Group accuses Adamawa Governor, Ngilari, of dictatorship

Bala Ngilari

A non political group in Adamawa state, the Adamawa Persicope, has accused the state governor, James Ngilari, of exhibiting the characters of a dictator in the administration of the state.

A statement by the group’s spokesperson, Yakubu Damargi, said, “The Governor’s removal of Gombi Local Government chairman, Rufai Umar, who defected to the All Progressives Congress is undemocratic.

“When former Governor Murtala Nyako defected to APC, Ngilari, who was then his deputy did not follow him, a development Nyako described as normal in democracy. We now wonder why the same Ngilari will go ahead and dissolve an entire elected local government council and appoint a caretaker simply because the council chairman and his councillors defected to APC.

“The same Ngilari as governor and Peoples Democratic Party leader for reasons best known to him allowed political crisis to linger in PDP-led local government areas of Numan and Guyuk leading to the controversial impeachments of the council chairmen. The same Ngilari who did not participate in PDP senatorial primaries has found his way to emerge as the party’s senatorial candidate for Adamawa North after losing the governorship ticket to Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.”

The group condemned the governor’s decision to disrupt traffic flow along his private residence under the pretext of security. It pointed out that the obstacles placed on public roads, obstructing free flow of traffic in front of Mr. Ngilari’s home, was uncalled for.

Mr. Damargi noted that the governor’s predecessor, Murtala Nyako and other prominent personalities, who live along that road, did not take such measures in front of their houses and did not inconvenience other road users.

“If Ngilari feels his security is being threatened why not relocate to Government House where proper security arrangements are in place to protect him instead of inconveniencing passers-by and other residents of the area.

“His security men have now started restricting tricyclists from passing through the road built with public money.This is unacceptable as it is affecting many parents using the road to take their children to a private school along the road not far from the Governor’s residence,” the group said.

It urged Mr. Ngilari to “come down from his high horse” and act like the simple and easy going man he used to be when he was the Deputy Governor to Mr. Nyako, an attitude which earned him the nick name, Damo Sarkin Hakuri, the humble and patient one.

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