Adamawa State was created in 1991 out of the old Gongola State. It has a wide range of tribes and cultures totaling about 76 with different languages too. The state can be described as a mini Nigeria because of all the above attributes and of course it could also be said to be a complex entity. Yes, a very complex state of course and its complex nature has also rubbed on its political life.
The complex political nature of this sunshine state in the north east sub-region of Nigeria has made its political fortune to become a very unpredictable one. Other political permutations that have passed the test of time in other states of the Federation have become very unrealistic there. For contestants in Adamawa political terrain, it is always a hell of time to get their acts together as it is often difficult to strike the balance due to its heterogeneous nature. Political uncertainty has no doubt enveloped Adamawa State with the exit of former Governor Murtala Nyako since the end of the impeachment saga.
Adamawa State has been the cynosure of all eyes as far as political developments are concerned in the north east zone of the country. The state has its numerous potentials covering all areas of human endeavours. Be it in the Ministry, Politics, Economy, Academic and Social areas, Adamawa people have proven their capability in whatever endeavours they are involved. It is also widely believed, that when it comes to the governance of the state, very prominent personalities want their ‘own’ candidate in office so as to have a control of the machinery of government. According to insinuations making the rounds in the state, impeached governor Murtala Nyako never indicated interest in partisan politics to govern the state, but because certain interest wanted to break the hold or monopoly others hand on the state made them to ‘drag’ the retired Naval Chief into partisan politics.
Nyako, it is widely believed never presented himself to anybody in Adamawa State, he was only picked to protect some personalities in the state. It is also widely believed that the former governor had no blue print on the development or administering the state. However, when he found himself on the saddle as the chief executive of the sunshine state, he had nothing to fall back on which made to derail. Adamawa State is home to some founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It has ruled the state since the return to civilian rule in 1999. Nyako, a former Chief of Naval Staff was elected on the platform of the PDP in 2007.
However, he dumped the party for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in November 2013, when the leadership crisis bedeviled the PDP. As the 2015 elections draw nearer, all the contestants in the governorship election namely, Malam Nuhu Ribadu (PDP) Engr. Markus Gundiri (SDP), Mohammed Jibrilla (APC) and Dr. Mohammed Modibbo (PDM) have started moving round the state and wooing voters with the best aid side of their tongues. Since the historic presidential rally in the state last month, the political rumble in the state had reached a high crescendo, it is also clear that ahead of the general elections, the political water of Adamawa State is being turned around. Though the contending interests are confronting themselves, it needs not to be further reiterated that the stakeholders across political divides are already in frenzy in the state.
The ruling PDP which did not want to leave any stone unturned appeared to have gone back to its draining board with a view to putting new strategies on ground on how it will not lose Adamawa State to the opposition in the election. President Goodluck Jonathan who is the National Leader of PDP as well as the presidential candidate of the party led the PDP foot soldiers to the state to canvass for votes and also reconciled aggrieved members of the party during the presidential rally. The rally and other efforts of Mr. President, no doubt has brightened the chances of Malam Nuhu Ribadu to win the coveted governorship seat of the state as most aggrieved members of the party have agreed to work for his victory following the reconciliatory efforts of President Jonathan.
Since the PDP presidential rally, the state of political activities by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have taken a quantum leap as many interest groups have risen to support the electoral fortunes of the party. It is widely believed in the political circle of the state that the shift in the date of the election to March 28 and April 15 2015 no doubt is a good omen for the party some school of thought are of the view the six weeks time lag is enough for any serious political party to make amends to its programme and strategies. With the new date of the election announced, the profile of Malam Nuhu Ribadu, the PDP governorship candidate has continued to soar higher. Many groups, associations and youths have been coming out in solidarity with the former anti-graft agency boss. A political stalwart in the state who does not want his name in print said the intending scenario in the state politically is the outcome of the love people have for Malam Ribadu. According to him, he said he (Nuhu) has the pedigree to govern the state judging by the present situation of the state in terms of development. He said his zero tolerance for corruption also stands him out from other contestants.
Above all, the PDP governorship candidate is perceived by many people in the state as someone with an independent mind. They all chorused that it can never and will never be business as usual in the state with Ribadu as governor. Words making the rounds in the state is that Nuhu cannot be manipulated by anybody or groups in the running of the affairs of the state. It is also said that he is widely connected to attract developments to the state which has not been the case. Recently, the chances of the PDP in the 2015 general elections received a big boost when warring stakeholders in the state chapter of the party resolved to settle their difference which arose as a result of the party governorship primaries held in Abuja last year which produced Ribadu as the party’s flag bearer.
The state chairman of the party, Chief Joel Madaki appealed to the teaming supporters of the party to come together as one family ahead of next months election to deliver the state to President Jonathan. At the meeting held in the banquet hall, Government House, Yola, Chief Madaki agreed with other party stakeholders that there will be landslide victory for President Jonathan in the state and across the nation. He, however, warned the local government chairmen against involving in anti party activities. He warned them to avoid being tempted by the opposition party who want to induce them financially. The party stakeholders agreed to bury their differences and work for the success of the party. The reconciliatory meeting was chaired by the State Governor, Barrister Bala James Nggilari who is also the leader of the party in the state.
He, however, used the forum to inaugurate a new campaign team for the party headed by Chief Felix Tangwami as the Director General. The stakeholders unanimously agreed at the meeting to work for the success of President Jonathan with a resounding large number of votes. Some stakeholders at the meeting were Ribadu, Governor Bala James Nggilari, Senator Silas Zwingina, Former Governor of the defunct Gongola Sate, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta. Ribadu while speaking at the meeting said that Adamawa State is the home of PDP where Jonathan Secured 65 percent at the presidential poll in 2011. “If you vote , I promise you that I will not betray you, I met just recently with Mr. President and he showed concern over the level of underdevelopment in Adamawa with the promise that Adamawa is among the states he will accord priority in terms of Federal projects”.