The Nuhu Ribadu Formula
Now that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has declared his intention to contest for the
governorship of Adamawa state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP); the Adamawa political scene has changed. Thus, poster and
briefcase politicians who were waiting for the PDP governorship ticket to
be given to them on a platter of gold will have to work for it. In
addition, those segments of the society which were hitherto indifferent to
the political scene because of the absence of new and reliable candidates
are now reawakened.
Almost all the contestants for Adamawa PDP governorship ticket; their
supporters and godfathers are now jittery because of Ribadus entry into
the race. Their fears are genuine and understandable-like some people
think- Nuhu will be given an automatic ticket- no primaries.
Hitherto, most of the contestants have not put on ground serious campaign
structures- they were waiting for Abuja to bulldoze the way for them. Out
of the blue! Abuja is now looking the other way. So, they are now
groaning. One of the contestants was even quoted saying Nuhu needs a
waiver. Nuhu Ribadu is joining the PDP, not rejoining. He does not need
any waiver. Chapter II part 1 of the PDP constitution (2012 as amended) is
very explicit- admission into membership and procedure for rejoining are
two different things.
Nuhu is well-cultured, well-read and has integrity to jealously protect-
thus, the general belief is that he wont use this opportunity to deny
other contestants the opportunity to test their popularity.
Despite having the support and encouragement from those whom each of other
contestants needs dearly, Nuhu must work for a level playing field to
allow PDP delegates to decide their flag-bearer, because, first, at the
end of the day, the flag bearer needs the support of other contestants,
and second, to show that he indeed believes in the values he fought for,
of which transparency and equality are prominent.
Many factors were responsible for drafting Ribadu into the contest on the
platform of the PDP. First, a lot of stakeholders in Adamawa state have
come to the conclusion that Adamawa need a paradigm shift in terms of
development. Secondly, the state needs a governor that is relatively
young, incorruptible, committed, well-read, urbane, with a clean record
and one that has the capacity to leapfrog the states development to
where it is supposed to be. Nuhu possesses these qualities.
Apart from the aforementioned, there are also some salient political
factors that necessitated the drafting of Ribadu into the race. There is a
general consensus that Adamawa central should produce the next governor
and Nuhu is the perfect candidate from that zone. Though there are other
well-qualified candidates, considering the present political and economic
atmosphere, Nuhu is the best.Another factor is, the PDP has realized
its big errors- the Murtala Nyako error for instance- Nuhu has the mind to
correct such errors.
Some observers are of the view that, if Nuhu is good, must PDP be the
vehicle for him to be governor? Nuhus immediate constituency, his
senatorial zone, most of his friends and peers and indeed Adamawa state
are overwhelmingly PDP, so naturally he should be in the PDP.
However, the battle will not be easy for Ribadu both at PDP primaries and
the main elections. Other contestants will put up a fierce fight for
delegates votes or for juicy political compensation. On the other hand,
the APC with Atikus guidance will present a sophisticated counter-move
to get massive support from some segments of Adamawa people. The APC would
also use the Adamawa central card, but with an additional political
move- its candidate will be from Adamawa central, but may be different
from Nuhu in terms of tongue and faith.
The advantages Nuhu Ribadu has are: he is naturally charismatic, young,
well-read, urbane and clean hands. He also has a higher chance of
winning the elections on the platform of PDP than APC because the PDP is
well rooted in the state. The recent woes of APC in the state too would
work against them.
Nuhus superb qualities further give him and whichever partys flag he
bears, an edge over every other candidate and party. So, with the current
political and economic situation in Adamawa state, Nuhu Ribadu is the
formula for any political party to win the October 11 governorship
election- the PDP is smart to quickly grab the opportunity.
Zayyad I. Muhammad writes from Jimeta, Adamawa State, [email protected],
08036070980. He blogs at www.zayyaddp.blogspot.com
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