Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: We Won't Mortgage Adamawa, Nyako Replies Elite

Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako has replied critics of his administration, saying he has performed creditably but would not surrender the future of the state to the self appointed elite.

According to a statement by his chief press secretary, Mallam Maijama'a Adamu, Nyako said the only area he had not performed was "in the area of subordinating the resources of Adamawa State to self centred interests of our few but highly vocal elite."

But former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator, Professor Jibril Aminu and the incumbent senator representing Adamawa Senatorial zone, Senator Bello Tukur, have apologised to the people of Adamawa State over the roles they played in bringing Governor Nyako to office.

The two politicians made this apology during a press conference at the end of a meeting of Adamawa State PDP stakeholders held at the residence of Professor Aminu.

The professor expressed regret that the man they helped into office turned around to work against the people.

According to him, "I never thought that Governor Nyako will fail the people given his rich credentials as a soldier. I will not get tired of apologizing to Adamawa people for backing Governor Nyako."

On his part, Senator Bello Tukur said his parting of ways with the governor was a blessing in disguise for him because when he was serving in Nyako's government, everybody accused him of causing the governor to fail.

"I am vindicated that even after I left the government of Nyako, lack of performance has continued to prevail in Adamawa State," he added.

The press conference was attended by many notable politicians in the state, including former military governor, Dan Sulaiman, Dr. Umar Ardo, Senator Bello Tukur, Wilberforce Juta, Joel Madaki, Alhaji Sadiq Mohammed (Walin Ganye) and other politicians in the state.

Professor Jibril Aminu said instead of the current crop of democrats to entrench democratic culture, they only promote their personal interests, a development which relegates democratic practice to the promotion of impunity in the land.

"The biggest obstacle we have in Nigeria today," Aminu said, "is that the governors have formed an organization which they use in frustrating not only the polity but even the president in order to attain their selfish goals. "They also use the money they siphoned from public till and the security agents at their disposal to promote a reign of impunity in the land under the cover of immunity."

He commended the security operatives in the state for not allowing themselves to be dragged into partisanship by the state government.

"An attempt was made to drag security personnel to prevent the ward congresses from holding through a ban on political activities at the instance of the governor but they defied the move, which resulted in the conduct of the ward congresses across the state," he said.

The stakeholders also frown at the attempt of the governor to disrupt the conduct of the ward congresses through the ban on political activities, saying that Adamawa people were too mature for such a prank.

In another development, Governor Nyako has been accused of trying to circumvent established rules by rushing to appoint an acting chief judge in the state in order to frustrate the conduct of the remaining congresses.

It was confided to this reporter that the governor was trying at all costs to appoint Nathan Musa the acting chief judge in the state so as to get a court injunction to stall the congresses from going on.

The source told LEADERSHIP that the state had been operating without either an acting chief judge or the substantive chief judge for a long time. The government, in an effort to stop the congresses in the state, it was revealed, now wants to obtain a court order but the absence of a chief judge in the state was an obstacle and, as a result, the governor wants to install a CJ to obtain the restraining court injunction.

Nyako also listed the achievements of his administration rated overall best in universal basic education to include construction of 4,000 classrooms against 800 provided by his predecessor.

He said he has also delivered in road construction which is unsurpassed, in youth empowerment, construction of vocational training centres and improved agricultural activities among others.

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