* As group protests zoning formula adopted by the party
From Umar Dankano Yola
A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Adamawa, Umar Ardo has accused the National Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi of not being firm in taking decisions on issues affecting the party in Adamawa state.
Ardo who spoke to newsmen in Yola said he had observed that Makarfi’s lack of taking firm decisions on issues affecting the party in Adamawa has cause more tension and division among interest groups in the state.
Ardo said that Makarfi has taken three different decisions on issues in Adamawa and later reversed the decisions without consulting affected group.
“This is not the best way to lead the people; if a leader takes decision even if it’s a bad decision he should stand by it.
“But where you made a decision and one group complain, without referring to the other group you changed your decision, you change again! Three times he did this in Adamawa state,” Ardo said.
He explained that the recent summersault in decision taken by Makarfi was the approval of chairmen and secretaries for the local government caretaker committees in the state which was later cancelled raising concern among party members in the state.
Ardo said that the decision to remove the chairmen and secretaries by Makarfi shortly after their appointment looked like an attempt to fervour a particular group in the party ahead of Saturday’s ward congress in the state.
Similarly a group of PDP supporters led by Umar Ardo have protested over a zoning formula adopted by some stakeholders for party state congress.
Recalls that on Tuesday, a meeting of “major stakeholders” of the party comprising former Acting Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, Amb. Wilberforce Juta, Sen. Grace Bent, Sa’ad Tahir, Zainab Maina among others announced a zoning for the up coming state congress where they said the formula was reached after a meeting with the state caretaker committee of the party.
Ardo told the chairman of the care taker committee, Muhammad Imam Alkali that major stakeholders took the decision without consultation with other members of the party.
“If they call themselves major stakeholders, we that are protesting today before you are the foot soldiers and mobilizers. They (stakeholders) are made up of former governors, ambassadors and senators while on outside we have former house of assembly members, council chairmen and councillors; without us the party is going nowhere,” Ardo said.
“What they did is an act of insubordination to the party. We want the party leadership to discountenance this indisciplined action and take serious action on it.”
Ardo condemned the decision by the state caretaker committee to remove all chairmen and secretaries of local government caretaker committees ahead of Saturday ward congress in the state, saying that the action look like an attempt to fervour certain interest group in the party.
He noted that the party must do the right thing if it want to make impact in Adamawa, adding that as aggrieved members of the party, the have two option to take if the party failed to addressed their grievances.
“We have two clear options and we are keeping it closed to our chest and we will do it if they don’t do what is right,” Ardo said.
Reacting to the complaints , the state caretaker chairman of the party, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, absolved the party of any zoning arrangement.
“We encourage consensus but where there in no consensus, we will go for election.”
Imam said the decision to withdrew caretaker chairmen and secretaries at the local government level was done in good faith and not an attempt to fervour any group.