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INEC Yet To Perfect Electoral Process – Gadi

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Garba Gadi was Deputy Governor in Bauchi State from 2007 to 2009. He was impeached after the Governor, Isa Yuguda, defected from the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and he refused to decamp with him. In this interview with PATIENCE OGBODO-IWUAGWU, Gadi who is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), speaks on the outcome of the last general elections, among other issues. Excerpts… 




How do you see the last general elections?

Well, the election was fair and credible, but I always argue that the elections of the late Moshood Abiola where people voted massively, as far as I am concerned, was the best in the country. This is because the voting cut across all parts of the country and it was fair, free and credible. Also 2015 elections were fair and credible because there were minimal cases of rigging, even though there were reports of box snatching in some polling units. The 2015 elections were credible but the electoral body will continue to improve on their performance because we are yet to perfect the electoral process. But from what we saw in the last election, we hope there will be improvement until perfection is achieved.

What should we expect from APC government in Bauchi State and the country?

Generally, the APC has its manifesto which if implemented at federal and state level, everybody will benefit because the aim of the manifesto is to deliver the dividend of democracy to Nigerians. The main concern of the APC in line with the provision of manifesto is the security of lives and property. The party believes that sound economy will go a long way to better the lives of Nigerians. The APC will improve the economy that problems such as unemployment which is a very serious issue especially as regards the youths will be minimized. APC will also ensure security in the land and a controlled economy.

You were the Chairman of the Technical Transition Committee set up by Governor Mohammed Abubakar, what is your reaction to the inability of the immediate past administration of PDP to pay workers’ salaries?

First, you should understand the responsibility of the transition committee which I am heading because people have an impression that it’s a committee that will investigate the past government; the committee’s concern is to improve governance in Bauchi State. Concerning what is happening today, especially non-payment of workers’ salaries, from what I read in the newspapers, the former administration of Yuguda in May was given N2.9billion from the federation account and something like N2.5billion was also allocated to local governments. We are fully aware that Bauchi local governments have not being getting their allocation directly and it is known that the total salary of Bauchi State workers is N2.2billion. So the former governor has no justification not to pay salaries before leaving office.

 What is your reaction to the people’s plan to defect to the APC?

Well, some of us have been in opposition party for 16 years, even though I was briefly in government for two years, then we have been able to weather it, it takes courage for people, especially in a developing country like Nigeria, to sustain such opposition. It’s unfortunate that most of the people that are defecting have been in government for the last 16 years and they were not members of the party who defect to the PDP and now want to come back. So these people are just after themselves but in politics you have to carry everybody along but the APC will ensure justice for every member.

Are you confident that President Buhari will meet the expectations of Nigerians?

Well, as far as President Buhari is concerned, I can assure you that he has only two objectives in life; that is doing the right thing which is due process and also fairness and justice. If that is what President Buhari will do for this nation, then we will be getting somewhere.

Do think that Governor Abubakar will restore the lost glory of Bauchi State?

From what I have seen so far, he seems to be ready to make a change in Bauchi State. Abubakar is determined to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of Bauchi State. Although I cannot say much about him, those of us around him will advise him and tell him the bitter truth on how to make governance profitable to the electorate and we will continue praying for them in order to for them to meet the expectations of the people who voted for change; not  just change but positive change.

What was your reaction to the resignation of the National Chairman of PDP, Adamu Muazu, who is from Bauchi State?

Well, I have a lot of respect for Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. He served Bauchi as a governor for eight years and wherever you go in the state, you can identify his good work and I am happy for him that he resigned because it takes courage for a Nigerian to leave such office without a lot of rancour. So I congratulate him.

There was an allegation that Muazu was not loyal to President Jonathan, and that rather he worked for the APC during the general elections, what is your take on this?

I saw him on television going to all places campaigning for the PDP till the time of the election, but unfortunately PDP did not perform as they did not meet the expectations of Nigerians. I am not a member of the PDP and I have no cause, as a member of the APC, to believe that Adamu Muazu worked for the APC nor did anything contrary to the interest of the PDP.

You were deputy Governor to Yuguda from 2007 to 2009, and were later impeached but the court later ruled that you were illegally removed from office and ordered that your entitlements be paid, has that been done?

Unfortunately, the payment has not been made till now. Though the Supreme Court delivered the judgment in my favour, I have not been paid.