A former Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state, Mr. P. P. Elisha, has advised the members of the transition committee of the governor-elect, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, to be mindful of their comments and utterances as it is capable of throwing the state into danger. Mr. P. P. Elisha gave the advised while assessing the performance of the committee in an interview with the finder newspaper correspondent in Yola.
Mr. Elisha a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), said it was because of some unguarded utterances by some members of the committee that led to the delay in payment of the April’s salaries to workers which unfortunately failed in the holy month of Ramadan.
Lamenting further, he said that it was as the result of the threat issued to the bank by some members of the committee that the state government will change or transfer it account from Zenith bank and any bank that will give the incumbent administration a loan or overdraft to pay salaries will be on their own that made the banks apprehensive from given the governor an overdraft to pay workers their salaries.
Therefore, Mr. Elisha reminded the members of the transition committee to note that the issue of overdraft preceded governor Bindow administration. Stating that it was former Governor Murtala Hammanyero Nyako that introduced it and Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri was the second person to benefit from the facility while he was an Acting Governor.
“It was former Governor Murtala Hammanyero Nyako that introduced the issue of overdraft facility in the state to enabled him upset the salaries bill of the state before his unceremonious impeachment by Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and it was him (Fintiri) that benefited from the facility immediately after his impeached of former Governor Nyako.
Hence, he said for some members of this committee to make such reckless remarks and issued a threat to banks is uncalled for considering the significance of the month it failed into. He maintained that “this was the method the state has been using in paying the salaries before the emergence of Governor Bindow as the Executive Governor of the state. And it is method that will be continued to be use by whomever that will succeed him. So why are they subjecting the workers into untold hardship just to take the glory, “he demanded?
Consequently, the former Director of Public Affairs, counselled the committee members that their role as transition committee is basically to provide the incoming administration with a blueprint on how to lay the foundation of their administration not investigative or probe panel.
“The essence of the transition committee is to formulate a policy for smooth transition of power. It is like a committee that will study the balance sheet of the outgoing administration and advice the incoming administration where they have stopped and where they need to carry on. It is not an investigative or probe panel as they have turned themselves into,” he warned.
Thus, he advised them that as a committee, they should work out a modality that would enable the incoming administration to succeed from wherever Governor Bindow has stopped not to be vindictive. He observed that going by the current picture painted it will be difficult for incoming government to succeed because of their manner of approach to governance.
“As a government, you do not suppose to be vindictive. Your ideas always should be on service to humanity not given people impression that you will be rude, that is a sign of failure. Because you will spend your valuable time pursuing ghost enemies that are not visible and at the end of the fail to deliver on the promises you rendered to people. Therefore, my advice to them is they should concentrate on how to offer the dividends of democracy to the electorates not vindictiveness,” he concluded.