A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and leader of the factional r-PDP in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo, has chided governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for claiming to convene a PDP stakeholders’ meeting, saying that the governor only called a congress of his ‘yes men’.
Ardo while reacting to the stakeholders’ meeting convened by the governor earlier in the day where he reeled out his achievements in the last two years, said no true stakeholders meeting will hold without former governor Boni Haruna, Dan Sulaiman, Sen Grace Jackson Bent, himself and many other real stakeholders in attendance.
” Our attention has been drawn to a news article reporting that a meeting held of purportedly PDP’s Stakeholders of Adamawa state.
” Going through the list of those in attendance, and most importantly, those that were absent, it is clear that it is not a meeting of PDP stakeholders by any stretch of imagination.
” In Adamawa State, you cannot truly hold a meeting of PDP Stakeholders without Gov. Boni Haruna, Amb. Dan Suleiman, Sen. Grace Bent, my humble self, etc.
” We are the ones that joined and built this party in Adamawa from the scratch way back from 1998 and are still active members of the party. Without us, there can be no PDP stakeholders in Adamawa State.
” The meeting of today, therefore, is not that of PDP Stakeholders; it is a meeting of Fintiri and his cohorts, the partakers in the current looting spree of the state’s treasury.
” In due course, we will respond to his claims in the so-called governance of the state as contained in the speech he delivered. PDP, and indeed Adamawa state, cannot continue in the direction Fintiri is taking the party and the state except if we are bend on destroying our future and the future of our children. And this, we cannot accept.
” I call on all genuine Adamawa PDP Stakeholders and all Adamawa indigenes of good standing to stand up and support the genuine PDP Stakeholders in the fight against the current misdemeanor and kleptocracy going on in the state in the name of governance for the sake of our present generation and the generation next to come,” Ardo said.