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Gusau Chides Northern Elders, Says Ultimatum to Jonathan Ridiculous

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IMAGE: Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji Gusau, was a deputy governorship candidate in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change »


A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji Gusau, yesterday described the ultimatum issued to President Goodluck Jonathan by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), to rescue the over 200 Chibok schoolgirls or forfeit his  2015 re-election bid as ridiculous and laughable.

He also described the recent declaration by the Adamawa State acting Governor, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to contest the October 11 governorship by-election in the state as morally and politically wrong.

Speaking during a chat with THISDAY in Sokoto, Gusau, who was a deputy governorship candidate in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change(CPC) in the 2012 governorship election in the state, maintained that the ultimatum given to the president was a non issue and of no effect whatsoever.

He emphasised that the elders ought to have prevailed on the Boko Haram insurgents to hearken to the voice of reason and release the Chibok girls.

According to him, if the elders actually have the interest of the North at heart, they should have worked hard to ensure the release of the Chibok girls by pleading with the insurgents.

He noted that the elders do not represent the North and as such their utterances were not on behalf of the North.
Gusau averred that members of the forum were only making noise to attract attention and achieve their sinister motives.

“I am fed up with the utterances of these northern elders. They do not represent the interest of the northerners but are only after their personal interest.

“If actually the northern elders are interested in the well being of northerners, they should have prevailed on the Boko Haram insurgents to release the Chibok schoolgirls,” Gusau said.

He posited that it was morally wrong for the Adamawa acting governor to contest the governorship by-election after spearheading the impeachment of former governor Murtala Nyako.

Gusau warned that this portends danger to democracy in future, unless the constitution was quickly amended to stop any acting governor from the state House of Assembly from stepping down to contest election after the impeachment of the governor of that state.

“A person who led the assembly to impeach a governor should not benefit from that impeachment by coming out to contest by-election election but because the constitution is silent on this issue we are witnessing this kind of coups in our state assemblies.

“We have witnessed several impeachments in the country in the past but we have never seen where a Speaker of the assembly, who was sworn  in as acting governor, stepped down to contest an election except now that it is happening in Adamawa state.

“This means Fintiri spearheaded Nyako’s impeachment because he wants to be governor. What we need in Nigeria is sustainable democracy. If this thing is allowed to continue, then there are going to be palace coups in other states and this portends danger to our democracy,” Gusau stressed.

He therefore, advocated the amendment of the constitutional provision that would bar a speaker who was sworn in as acting governor from stepping down to contest by- election.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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