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Published On: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

Adamawa guber: How Fintiri floored Marwa, others

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Adamawa State Acting Governor, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri

Adamawa State Acting Governor, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri

From Umar Dankano, Yola

Acting Governor of Adamawa, Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri emerged as the governorship candidate of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the, October, 11th 2014 bye-election held in the state. .

 He polled 624 votes out of 912 cast, to defeat other four governorship aspirants.

 Announcing the result of the 14 hours electoral process the leader of the PDP national committee that conducted the Adamawa Gubernatorial Primaries, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, said Fintiri polled 624 while Dr Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo got 197 votes.

 Modibbo was followed by Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa, who scored 64 votes, while Dr. Umar Ardo and Barrister Jerry Kumdusi got nine and four votes respectively.

 The former speaker of the House of Representatives disclosed that 23 invalid votes were recorded during the exercise.

The 912 delegates were categorized into Statutory, who are members of the party holding elective and political appointments or holding executive office in the state, zonal or national office of the party, while the Ad- Hoc delegates are the elected three at the ward levels.

 In his acceptance speech, Acting Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, described his emergence as a resounding victory to the party, and appealed to other aspirants to join hands with him and other stakeholders to lead PDP to victory in the October 11th election.

The conduct of the primaries scheduled to commence at 10: am Saturday, began at about 6: 30pm, with accreditation of delegates from the 21 local government areas.

Meanwhile, former Military Administrator of Lagos and Borno States and aspirant in the Adamawa guber primaries, General Buba Marwa (rtd) has declared his support for the Acting Governor, who emerged winners in the race.

In his acceptance speech after the result of the elections were declared, Marwa stated that his decision is to enable the PDP to emerge victorious in the October 11th re-run election.

According to him “after due consultations with my political associates and supporters, I have decided to support the Acting Governor in the task ahead.”

Marwa declared that all his supporters have been directed to support the PDP flag bearer come October 11th poll.

But on his part, the first runner up in the election and former Executive Secretary of UBEC Dr. Ahmed Modibbo said he is accessing the situation before taking the next line of action.

Modibbo who spoke through his special assistant on Media Mr. Julius Tobi added that it is too early to make comments on the outcome saying after a careful assessment, his principal would respond appropriately.

Meanwhile, Dr Umar Ardo, one of the aspirants who participated in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for Adamawa governorship by-election on Saturday has said he is disappointment with the conduct of the exercise.

Ardo explained that his grouse with the primaries was that many people that were not supposed to participate as delegates were allowed to do so.

He said local government chairmen and their deputies who recently defected from APC to PDP took part in the poll.

“We also have some House of Assembly and House of Representatives members that just joined PDP that ought not to participate by virtue of Section 9 of the party constitution, but it was overlooked.

“We raised the point and submitted petition to the panel,” Ardo said

Ardo told newsmen on Sunday in Yola that in spite of the disappointment, he had accepted the outcome in good fate.

“I feel disappointed but I will abide by it. I even sent Fintiri a congratulatory message though he didn’t reply me,” Ardo said.

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