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Adamawa Governor Protests Exclusion From PDP Guber Primaries

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The governor of Adamwa State, Bala Ngilari, has protested to the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, what he termed his exclusion from contesting the 2015 gubernatorial primaries through a zoning arrangement.

He gave the national chairman of the party 24 hours to reverse the zoning of the governorship contest under the party’s platform to Adamawa Central Senatorial District or risk facing legal action.

In a letter addressed to the PDP national chairman dated November 17, Ngilari, through his lawyer, Festus Keyamo,  stated that he was not party to the  arrangement arrived at by some party stakeholders from the State who agreed that the governorship slot be zoned to Adamawa Central Senatorial District.

Referring to a statement from the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party which  zoned the governorship contest to Adamawa Central Senatorial District, Keyamo asserted that it was an attempt to scheme NgIlari out of the race since he hails from Adamawa North Senatorial District.

Quoting Section 1(1), (2) and (3) and Section 42 (1) (a) & (b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), governor’s counsel contended that the position of the NWC and the plan to scheme Ngglari out of the gubernatorial race is “illegal, unconstitutional, null and void” and against the spirit and letters of the Constitution.

Keyamo recalled that on the day of President Goodluck Jonathan’s declaration to contest the presidency in 2015, he promised all PDP  governors automatic tickets or the right of first refusal.

“Why then, would the case of Adamawa State be different? Why would Governor Bala Nggilari be singled out for special treatment and why would he not benefit from the gesture extended to his colleagues?” the lawyer queried.
He also pointed out that no sitting PDP governor had been denied the opportunity of running for a second time, adding that “since the existence of the old Gongola State up to the creation and existence of Adamawa State, no zoning formula based on Senatorial Districts has been used to produce the various Governors of the State.”

“Because of time constraint, we kindly request that you should address these issues within 48 hours of the receipt of this complaint. If you fail, refuse and/or neglect to act, we may have no option left than to proceed to a court of law to seek redress for Governor Bala Nggilari,” Keyamo warned.
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