Dr. Umar Ardo, a chieftain of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state, has excoriated governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri telling him that he lacked the moral right to probe his immediate past predecessor, Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow.
At a victory rally in Yola, some hours after the Supreme Court has affirmed his victory, Fintiri has vowed to probe his immediate predecessor in particular and all past corrupt leaders at the state and local government levels in general.
Bindow who assumed the reins of leadership on the crest of goodwill, occasioned by dismal performance of the then ruling PDP, which was bedevilled by internal party squabbles, worsening insecurity and perceived corruption was himself accused of institutionalizing mediocrity, corruption and malfeasance leading to his outright rejection in 2019.
Expressing dismay over what he termed large scale and unprecedented corruption hoisted on the state in the past, Fintiri said he would soon launch a probe on the immediate past governor of the state, Mohammed Bindow for entrenching economic malfeasance on the state.
But in a swift reposte, Dr Umar Ardo excoriated the governor saying he lacked the moral precept to probe Bindow having being accused of displaying similar traits during his 86 day stint as acting governor.
He said, Fintiri’s touted fight against corruption could only gain traction if he waved off his constitutional immunity and faced charges of corruption levelled against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
’’ I don’t think Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri has the moral right to probe his predecessor, or any other person for that matter, on accusations of embezzlement of public funds, especially with a view to recovering the funds, punishing culprits of such acts, preventing future occurrences and setting a record.
‘’ As a sitting governor, he no doubt has the right and powers to do so. But as an accused himself in court of the same offenses, he lacks the moral right, and powers, to do so.
‘’But it also has to be done. And since Gov. Fintiri is keen on doing so, which is good, he can do so only if he purges himself of the same charges against him by waving his constitutional immunity and getting his trial concluded in record time. Only then can his intended probe be seen to be fair, just and meaningful.
‘’To me, anything other than this route is tantamount to either deceit, political grandstanding or opposition witch-hunt or all the three, illustrating the pot and kettle fable,’’ he said.