Gundiri: A des­per­ate politi­cian?

Daily Trust - - OPINION - Mah­mud Inuwa, Li­mawa ward, Jimeta-Yola.

Markus Gundiri can best be de­scribed as a des­per­ate politi­cian, that his ul­ti­mate aim was to oc­cupy the ex­alted seat of the Dougerei lodge. His re­cent de­fec­tion back to the All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC) less than a year tells it all. Markus Gundiri joined pol­i­tics for the first in 2012 and vied for the gov­er­nor­ship of the state un­der

Ac­tion Con­gress of Nige­ria and was over­whelm­ingly de­feated by the then gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), who was the then Gov­er­nor Mur­tala Nyako, he dumped the party in 2015, and joined the for­ma­tion of the mega party, the APC. See­ing, that he may not re­alised his am­bi­tion of be­com­ing the Gov­er­nor of the state un­der the APC, he left the party and joined the PDP and ob­tained the N10m ex­pres­sion form to con­test for the pri­maries.

He later left the party, when Malam Nuhu Ribadu, was im­posed in a kan­ga­roo con­ven­tion held in Abuja as the gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date of the PDP cour­tesy of the pres­i­dency at that time. Markus Gundiri re­canted as well, re­traced his steps and em­braced the So­cial Demo­cratic Party (SDP) thereby be­com­ing the gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date of the party and was de­feated at the poll by the present Gov­er­nor Mo­hammed Bin­dow Jib­rilla with more 100,000 votes. His re­cent de­fec­tion was pur­port­edly the hand­i­work of the Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion, En­gi­neer David Babachir Lawal, who hail from the same place with him.

It is noteworthy, that in less than five years in ven­tur­ing into the murky waters of pol­i­tics due to his des­per­a­tion, he changes three po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Para­dox­i­cally, the main pur­pose of his re­joic­ing the APC was to play the card of a spoiler in 2019, when the in­cum­bent de­clare his in­ten­tion for a sec­ond term as the SGF is not on the same pedestal with Gov­er­nor Mo­hammed Bin­dow Jib­rilla.

Also, there is a lot of dis­cus­sion in po­lit­i­cal cir­cle that both the SGF and Gundiri in­tent to play the re­li­gion card in 2019.

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts opined, that the SGF is em­pow­er­ing Markus Gundiri for that pur­pose with a lot of con­tracts. And his de­fec­tion was un­der the in­struc­tion of the SGF. But the irony is that the peo­ple of the state are highly so­phis­ti­cated to be sway on re­li­gion line.

There­fore it is just a mere waste of time for the duo, even if they thought in their cal­cu­la­tion, that the is­sue of re­li­gion can eas­ily give them a lee­way to oc­cupy the ex­alted seat of Adamawa State.

Peo­ple of the state, are of the con­vic­tion, that what the Gov­er­nor Bin­dow Jib­rilla, is do­ing has never hap­pen in the po­lit­i­cal his­tory of the state as such, there is no need for dis­trac­tion from the po­lit­i­cal elites of the state. This stems from his pop­ulist pro­grammes of trans­form­ing the state to an en­vi­able po­si­tion to be at par with con­tem­po­raries.

It amounts to great dis­ser­vice for any in­di­vid­ual from the state to in­dulge in any kind of in­trigues to dis­tract what the Gov­er­nor Bin­dow Jib­rilla, is do­ing now. Though the de­fec­tor has said, he is not join­ing the party to hi­jack it, but un­der­cur­rent is at the end, he would not vie for the plat­form of the party as some po­lit­i­cal pun­dits pos­tu­lated.

What­ever may be his in­ten­tion, the peo­ple of the state are wiser than be­fore to be sway based on any pri­mor­dial in­ter­est. The peo­ple know what is good or bad and they are anx­iously wait­ing for 2019.

CAR­TOON by Modes­tus Ukeoma

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