By Iro Dan Fulani
A peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant, Umar Ardo, has refuted claims by former military administrator of Lagos State, Buba Marwa, a retired brigadier general, that the national leadership of the party would grant him waiver to contest for the governorship seat of the state.
Marwa, now Nigerian ambassador to South Africa, at a meeting with members of the party’s state executive, said that the national body had resolved to grant waivers to all new members of the PDP.
But Ardo has said that there is no iota of the truth in Marwa’s claim, as he had not followed the laid down steps to getting a waiver.
“I am sure he is economical with the truth. Section 50 (10b) of the PDP Constitution is clear as to how waiver is obtained. The process starts from the ward level, through the Local Government, to the State, to the Zonal, to the NWC (National Working Committee) and finally be approved by the NEC,” Ardo said.
The aspirant said that, according to the constitution, even the party’s NEC has no power to grant waiver unless “the process of clearance of the waiver starts from the ward levels”.
Ardo said he had verified from the chairman of Michika 2 Ward of Michika local government area where Marwa hails from and learnt that the ambassador never applied to the ward for waiver and therefore was never recommended by the ward.
Ardo added both the PDP state chairman, Joel Hammajoda Madaki, and members of the NWC, also denied knowledge of the purported waiver.
“So, where and how did Marwa get the waiver he is making claim to? The truth is that Marwa has no waiver and his claim to having one is false. While I call on Marwa to both regularize his waiver process and acquaint himself with the party leadership in his ward, I take this opportunity to call on all PDP executives and members in the state to be wary of claims from desperate politicians as we approach the party primaries,” he stated.