….says he is the prefer Man for leadership in Adamawa for the coming elections
A Press Conference by thirty political parties in Adamawa state salute the doggedness of Dr Umar Ardo’s fight for the entrenchment of internal Democracy, which according to them is a missing element in Nigeria’s party system that is responsible for the poor governance and under-development of state and the country.
Comrade Ja’afar Baba Gire who read the press statement for and on Behalf of 30 Political Parties at Dan Tsoho Hotel Jimeta, Yola said until the issue of internal Democracy is resolved democracy will not work in the country.
“We are all living witnesses to the systematic collapse of democratic values in our political parties. In our opinion, there is one fundamental element missing in our party system, which is responsible for the poor governance and under-development of our state and our country today. And until this issue is considered and resolved party politics will never be stable in Nigeria, and democracy will not serve its purpose of developing this country. This missing element is the lack of Internal Democracy.” Ja’afar said
According to him this is where they found Ardo a more political activist than a politician in Adamawa state and the country at large
“Even though he likes to describe himself as a politician, most people actually see Dr. Umar Ardo more of a political activist. His candor and plain speaking, no matter whose ox is gored; his decisiveness and actions when the need arises; his rather forceful arguments and decisions once he is clear of what is at stake – all set him apart from ordinary politicians in the state and the country in a distinctive and ample manner. Unlike most politicians, Ardo never refrained from conflict when he believes that an issue must be resolved. Again, unlike most politicians in the state whose source of wealth is not unconnected to public treasury, Dr. Ardo cannot be said to have ever made any money from public treasury, even though he served at the highest office in the country – the Presidential Villa! Every kobo Dr. Ardo ever made is earned and not stolen. How many of our so-called politicians in the state can boast of legitimately earning their money outside government treasury? This is a challenge we are throwing out to them all!”
Baba while reading the statement to Media men continue to say that:
“It is in recognition of this fact that we call for this press conference to appreciate, and pay tribute to, one politician, and an academic, who perceptively understood this problem and has been fighting doggedly to solve it in his political party. And this individual is Dr. Umar Ardo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Although we are not of the same party with him, but we all could not fail to notice his fight for the entrenchment of internal democracy in his party for over 12 years running. He fought it at the party level, from state to national; he fought it at the courts, from High Courts way up to the Supreme Court, expending hundreds of millions of his hard earned money. We admit that he is yet to prevail, but he still has not given up and is determined not to give up till he prevails.
“A man like this needs support and encouragements from all well-meaning Nigerians, because when he ultimately wins, it will be to the benefit of all. It is in recognition of this worthy struggle, that we, chairmen and leaders of the following political parties in Adamawa State – i.e. APDA, ASD, ANN, DA, GPN, NCP, WTPN, PRP, NNPP, JMPP, PANDE, MPN, UPC, PDM, ANDP, APN, CNP, AD, NDCP, NPC, ZM, APP, PTP, ACCORD, ACD, NDLP, NPM, AA, MRDD, JMPP and NCP”
Baba in the press statement he further read that their decision was after a sober reflection and exhaustive deliberations amongst themselves and have resolved that Dr. Umar Ardo is a true and patriotic democrat who values democracy and is desirous to entrench and sustain it in Adamawa state and Nigeria.
“We unanimously agreed to support his struggle to entrench internal democracy in our party system in the interest of our dear state and country, if given the opportunity to lead the state, Dr. Ardo will not steal from our public treasury and he is the only one among the motley politicians of the state we believe will bring a positive change, progressive, fruitful and productive development in our dear state.
“That while still remaining members of our various parties, however if Dr. Ardo prevails and is nominated by any political party as gubernatorial candidate for the state, we will unanimously endorse his candidacy and collectively support and work for his election in the interest of our dear state.
” The essence of this press conference is to bring to light the positive struggle of a patriot who cares for the well-being and welfare of our people by trying to protect the alarming antics of latter-day politicians towards destroying the cause of democracy in Adamawa State in particular and the nation at large, and to support this struggle. We call upon all the good people of Adamawa and Nigeria to join us and Dr. Ardo in resisting and rejecting such acts of such politicians so as to pull Adamawa state out of its present quackmare. The constitutions of all political parties have invested all sovereignty into the hands of the people, and not in the hands of any so-called stakeholders. As they say, a stitch in time saves nine; and to be forewarned is to be forearmed.” He further read