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Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

Fintiri, Ribadu, Modibbo, Tukur, others in hot race for Adamawa guber

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By Lawrence Olaoye

As the deadline for the submission of the nomination forms for the People Democratic Party (PDP) elapsed yesterday, prominent aspirants for the Adamawa governorship bye election were at the party’s headquarters to return their forms.

Those who have returned their expression of interest forms include the acting governor of the state, Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Universal Basic Education (UBE), Alhaji Ahmed Modibbo and Alhaji Awaal Tukur.

Others include Senator Abubakar Girei, former Minister of state for health, Dr. Aliyu Idi-Hong, former Adamawa state governorship aspirant on the platform of the defunct ACN, Engnr. Marcus Gindiri, Dr. Umar Ardo, and Gen. Buba Marwa amongst others.

Addressing newsmen after the submission of his form, the state acting governor said should he be elected to complete the impeached Murtala Nyako’s tenure, he would not contest the governorship election in the state by 2015.

He said “It is my wish, I will not contest in 2015, but if the Adamawa people insist, I will contest”

Fintiri also argued that the party leadership should allow the people of Adamawa Central Senatorial Zone to produce the state governor because the somebody for the zone has never been fortunate to emerge the state’s governor since its creation.

He said “But we are contesting for 2014, section 191 (2) of the constitution says whoever emerges will serve the remaining period of the last administration”.

On the idea of consensus, Fintiri said “I will support consensus candidate to bring stability and cohesion, I will abide by the decision of the party”.

On his part, Modibbo who said he was not afraid of any of his co-contestants, added that he was specifically called upon to come and rescue Adamawa state, which according to him, has suffered infrastructural breakdown.

According to him, he had paid his dues having served the nation meritoriously for 35 years. He said he knew the challenges facing the state, particularly in the education sector, and was ready to face them headlong in order to transform the state.

Commenting on consensus, the former UBE boss lamented that “our tragedy in Adamawa was as a result of imposition and consensus”. He pleaded with the party’s leadership to allow the people of the state choose their leader through democratic means.

Ribadu in his comments said he resolved to contest the Adamawa governorship bye election because of his determination to serve his fatherland in whatever capacity.

According to him, though he had a failed bid at Presidency in 2011 on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), he resolved to serve as the state governor so as to save Adamawa from infrastructural deterioration.

Responding to the controversy around waiver for him and other new entrants into the PDP in Adamawa state, Ribadu said that it was not his headache because he had done his beat leaving the party leadership to do its own part.

Dr. Idi Hong, in his comments said Adamawa was at a crossroad with dilapidated infrastructure and would require a dynamic and visionary leader like himself.

Commenting on the large number of aspirants on the platform of the PDP Idi-Hong said this shows that the party is acceptable in the state and that whoever emerges its flagbearer would eventually win the state’s October 11 governorship election.

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