The 2 major political parties in the state, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) conducted their primary election at the weekend ahead of the scheduled November Local Government election in Adamawa State.
The primaries were rumoured to be full of irregularities in some local government areas as party faithfuls lamented over what they described as imposition by some top party officials.
The inability of most political parties in Nigeria to conduct free, fair and credible party congresses has made it extremely difficult for political parties to organize and conduct primary elections.
A political party does not belong to any individual or clique of individuals.
Imposition of candidates on the party has spelt doom for many political parties and even their candidates.
When imposition prevails, it will continue to scare credible people from coming into politics.
When the best are not in the arena, the quality of governance is deplorable and painful.
PDP slightly leads in the state, after having a Governor, 2 Senators, 5 House of Reps Members, and 13 House of Assembly Members, while the main opposition party, the APC has 1 Senator, 3 House of Reps Members and 11 House of Assembly Members, so they can’t be written off.
Just recently, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri in his zeal to support the growth of democracy told newsmen that his administration will not interfere in the upcoming elections, where he promised a level playing ground to all candidates and party’s.
Unlike other people who can’t keep to their words, Governor Fintiri is perceived to be a man of his words, who matches words with actions.
That statement alone has rekindled the hope of may candidates and party’s that the election will be free, fair and credible.
For a sitting Governor to abstain from meddling in election is a good sign that democracy will thrive but at the same time spell doom for the ruling People’s Democratic Party who wants to take control of the grassroots.
It is important to note that imposition of candidates cuts across all the political parties, even the main opposition, the All Progressive Congress (APC) were involved in imposition but they still have the chance to pull a stunt at the council’s election.
Already, the main opposition party in the state, the All Progressive Congress have 11 members of the House of Assembly which might be hard for the ruling party to win the LG elections in their constituencies.
They also have bigwigs like SGF Boss Mustapha, Halilu Modi, Sen. Binani, Felix Tangwami, Nuhu Ribadu, and FCT Minister Mohammed Bello.
Others are Dahiru Bobbo, Sen. Silas Zwingina, Sen. Ahmed Barata, Prof. Tahir Mamman and Sen. Binta Masi Garba who formed a reconciliation and reposition committee with a view to reclaiming the state back.
At the instance of providing a level playing ground, the ruling party might find it hard to win some local government areas unless they field in competent candidates.
The primaries might be a deciding factor at the polls, as internal crisis like nepotism and imposition is mostly the cause of party’s failure to win an election.
It was internal crisis that led APC to lose some seat at the 2015 general election in the state, it will be a bad omen for the ruling PDP to start having internal crises which can be avoided by conducting a rancour free primary elections.
For the ruling PDP to have total dominance at the grassroot level, they need to first and foremost conduct a free, fair and credible primary election in order to record success at the polls, but as it stands now there are people that have been shortchanged due to imposition of candidates.
For all intents and purposes, people begin to wonder why political parties that have made certain mistakes in the past would turn around to make the same mistakes instead of correcting them.
Recent experience has shown the tendency of this practice to cause the disintegration of political parties and to breed bad blood and discontentment in the rank and file of the parties.
It is therefore imperative for all political stakeholders to allow free and fair participations by all candidates so as to guard against negative eventuality which normally follows such unpopular decisions.
Politicians should learn from their past mistakes if truly they want to succeed.