After losing out in the battle for the control of the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, there are strong indications that Governor Murtala Nyako has concluded plans to dump the ruling party.
Nigerian Pilot checks reveal that he has commenced secret talks with the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.
Nyako has been having running battles with the PDP national chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur since October last year, following the sack of the Adamawa PDP executive committee by the party’s National Working Committee, NWC.
Despite the intervention of the PDP Governors’ Forum and a palace coup by some members of the NWC, the national leadership of PDP has remained unwavering in its recognition of the winners of the recent congresses in Adamawa State.
It was gathered from very reliable sources within the camp of Governor Nyako that the embattled Governor is making arrangements for ‘plan B’ as the possibility of his anointed successor getting the PDP governorship ticket is getting very slim.
According to our source, the governor has detailed his Chief of Staff, Abdulrahman Abba, to commence negotiations with the proponents of the mega party who are leaders of CPC and ACN.
“The Governor is already discussing with those working to set up a mega party. The Chief of Staff, Abdulrahman Abubakar is the go-between for the Governor and all things being equal, our camp will join the mega party if the merger plan succeeds.”
Responding to questions on the possibility of members of the opposition accepting Governor Nyako, our source said the Governor came into the PDP from an opposition political party.
“You know the Governor has always been General (Muhammadu) Buhari’s man for several decades. He was Buhari’s coordinator in Adamawa over a decade ago and Buhari’s presence in the mega party will pave way for the Governor”, he said. Nigerian Pilot also gathered that Governor Nyako was compelled to explore the possibility of joining the proposed mega party following his failed attempt to buy over members of the Adamawa Caretaker Committee that conducted the recent congresses in the state.
The members of the committee were said to have snubbed clandestine invitations by the Governor at the heat of the Adamawa crisis.
Our checks revealed that when members of the committee initially got to Yola, they were given cold reception by the Governor who never bothered about their welfare.
“Rather than reaching out to the Caretaker Committee members, the Governor was wasting money on members of the National Working Committee in Abuja with the hope they could turn the table in his favour.
“He only remembered the Caretaker Committee when it was already too late and there was nothing they could do to accommodate the Governor’s interest during the conduct of the fresh congresses”.
Our source, however, feigned ignorance of the speculations in Adamawa State that the Governor is preparing his son to succeed him in 2015.
Source: Nigeria Pilot