Ribadu accuses Fintiri of plans to suspend Adamawa lawmaker for defecting to APC

The organizing secretary of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State, Mustapha Atiku Ribadu has accused governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of subterranean plans to get the lawmaker representing Michika state constituency, Joseph Ayuba suspended over his defection from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to APC.

Joseph Ayuba also known as Depolis has over the weekend at a grand ceremony in his constituency announced his defection to APC over alleged injustice.

Speaking to our reporter in a phone chat, Ribadu who said the defection of Ayuba and the anticipatory defection of other PDP lawmakers into the opposition party has rattled the governor added that the governor felt the only way he can deal with the “recalcitrant” member and also scare others from leaving the PDP is by illegally suspending Ayuba.

“We learnt on good authority that governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri is not taking the defection of Joseph Ayuba and the anticipatory massive defection of PDP lawmakers in the state house of assembly into our party lightly.

“The governor has allegedly ordered the speaker to suspend the house recess and convene a kangaroo sitting in which Joseph Ayuba will be suspended on account of his defection to APC.

“As a party, we must counsel the speaker against towing the inglorious route because the action will definitely haunt him. He should also not soil the hard earned integrity of his father who lived a modest and exemplary life worthy of emulation on the alter of crass partisanship,” Ribadu said.

Ribadu who expressed disgust about the looming anarchy the governor wanted to hoist on Adamawa polity counsels the legislative arm as an independent organ not to allow itself to be humiliated by doing the dirty bidding of the governor adding that posterity will not be kind to them if they handed over their sovereignty over a pot of porridge.

“The lawmakers particularly the speaker have a unique opportunity to assert their independence and show to the world they are not lapdogs of the governor. As lawmakers, they should not be seen to adopt double standards on the issue of defection.

“It is on record the member representing Mubi South state constituency, Musa Bororo had before now on the floor of the assembly defected to PDP yet his defection was celebrated with fanfare and razzmatazz.

“But the mindset that, a member who defected outside the hallowed chambers must be crushed at all cost to serve as deterrent to others will never be condoned by our party as we will ensure that justice is done because what is good for the goose is also good for the gander” he said.

Ribadu noted that his party is also aware of plans by the PDP led state government to employ thugs to occupy the state assembly after the illegal suspension of Ayuba adding that his party will resist such satanic tendency.

He noted that like the German Octopus, the entry of Ayuba into APC is causing serious ripples in PDP as the event is metaphysically interpreted as a clear sign that the game is over for the PDP in the state.


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