Simon Timkat, Yola
The Adamawa State Police Command has stepped into face-off between the state government and the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the former’s refusal to grant the latter access to Ribadu Square.
It was gathered that the PDP had applied to the state for approval to use the venue for its planned unity rally to be attended by President Goodluck Jonathan and defecting members of the APC to the PDP.
In trying to break the deadlock, the state police command had advised the governor, Murtala Nyako, to approve the venue, which it said is normally hired and used for political rallies and weddings, for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to host President Goodluck Jonathan next week Tuesday.
The Police said its intervention became imperative following series of complaints
from the state chapter of the PDP to the command that the state government has denied the party the use of the venue to host the president next week.
In a letter sent to Governor Murala Nyako signed by the commissioner
of Police, Mr. John Abakasanga, the commissioner observed that the said venue ( Ribadu square) in contention is a public venue which is meant for both official and private lawful functions of the government and people of the state provided conditions for such use of the venue are met.
However the letter dated 22nd of April, 2014 also noted that the purposes for which the PDP intends to use the venue is to carry out its party rally vand or other lawful party activities.
It further added that on the account of the above that the police command is strongly of the opinion that His Excellency should
have a re-think and rescind his objection to the use of the venue by any political party whose integrity is not in doubt.
“Our state is fragile and we must do all it takes to maintain its relative peace;” the letter reads. “Your Excellency, you have been known to be a man of peace and not otherwise, warning that the steps were necessary so that disgruntled elements does not take advantage of the denial to throw the state into chaos,” the letter added.
“We believe that the refusal to allow some groups of people the use of the venue for lawful activities and granting approval to other groups to use the same venue could pose more tension than making the venue available for use by every group;” the CP maintained.
The commissioner of police warned that while the command could contend with any threat posed by the use of the venue, the force may not be able to cope with the threats that may arise from the refusal for the use of the venue.
The issue of the release of Ribadu Square to the Adamawa State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP for the one day scheduled visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to Adamawa State on the 29th of April, 2014 continues to generate controversy in the state.
However, the use of the Mahmud Ribdu Square in Yola for the one day PDP rally is trying to raise dust as the states Urban
planning Development Board has been thinking otherwise.
Checks revealed that the Board in charge of leasing oft the square has tried to be funny demanding about N5 million bfor its use which is seen as political scheme to deny the PDP its use.”
Meanwhile, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa on Tuesday, inaugurated seven committees for President Goodluck Jonathan visit to the state.
Jonathan is scheduled to visit Yola for PDP unity rally where he is expected to receive some APC defectors like Buba Marwa and Marcus Gundiri and many others
Addressing members of the committee at the ceremony, the state chairman of PDP, Chief Joel Madaki, urged them to justify the
confidence reposed in them.
Madaki urged party members to cooperate with the committees to ensure success of the visit.
He also announced that there would be a reception on 26th April for the former national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.