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Adamawa Governorship Race: Ribadu, Seven Others Step Down

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Eight out of the fourteen aspirants for the

Adamawa State Governorship election on the

platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),

including Nuhu Ribadu, have stepped down.

They stepped down from the race in the early

hours of Friday after a marathon closed-door

meeting with the Senate President, David Mark, at

the Presidential Villa.

Following the impeachment of the former

Governor, Murtala Nyako, October 11 was fixed

for the election of a substantive governor for the

state.

The Senate President, alongside the PDP National

Working Committee (NWC) of the party in Abuja,

had intervened to forestall looming crisis ahead

of the party’s primary election scheduled to hold

on Saturday in the state.

The meeting with the aspirants, which lasted

about four hours, started by 9.06 p.m on

Thursday and ended around 1.00 a.m on Friday. It

was held at the Banquet Hall of the State House.

At the meeting, it was gathered that Mr. Mark,

alongside other officials of the party, were able to

reach a consensus with the aspirants and

succeeded in pruning down the number of those

contesting from fourteen to six.

The six aspirants still in the race for the party’s

governorship ticket on Saturday are Ahmed

Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Umar Ardo,

Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.

Those who have withdrawn from the race include

Nuhu Ribadu; Auwal Tukur; Aliyu Idi Hong,

Andrawus Sawa; James Barka; GAliyu Kama;

Markus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.

It was gathered that an agreement was reached

at the closed-door meeting that the six aspirants

contesting for the party’s ticket on Saturday will

not contest for the position in 2015.

The meeting also agreed that only those who

agreed to step down now can contest for the

party’s governorship election ticket in 2015, with

more consideration in 2015 for Adamawa Central

that has never produced a governor.

It was also agreed that any aspirant who fails to

win the party’s ticket in Saturday’s primary

election must support the party’s flag-bearer

towards the October 11 election.

Speaking with journalists at the end of the

meeting, the Chairman of the Adamawa State

chapter of the party, Joel Madaki said, “Fourteen

aspirants contesting for the position earlier has

now reduced to six aspirants due to this meeting.

It is a very welcome idea. Nobody was forced to

step them. Those who stepped down did so

voluntarily in order to wait to contest for the

position in 2015″.

He added that “The six aspirants contesting this

election are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed

Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru

Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.”

The former Special Adviser to the President on

Political Affairs, Ahmed Gulak, who is also

contesting for the ticket on Saturday, said “The

outcome of the meeting was fantastic. We met as

family members of PDP, even before coming here

all the aspirants in Adamawa have unanimously

resolved that after the primaries, in a free, fair

primaries, anybody that emerges will get our

support.”

“Today, in this meeting, the number of the

aspirants have been drastically reduced to six,

which is manageable. I am contesting, Gen.

Marwa is contesting, Ahmed Modibbo is

contesting, Dr. Umar Ardo is contesting, Hon. Jerry

Kumdisi is contesting, and Acting Governor Fintiri

is contesting.

“And we have resolved to go into the primaries

without rancour, without acrimony and to come

out of it as peaceful co-existing members.”

“And at the end of it all, anybody that emerges,

we will all queue behind him. And if I emerge as

the candidate, they will all queue behind me. It is

going to be a family affair and there will be no

losers.”

On his chances of getting the ticket as Mr. Ribadu

and others were now out of the race, he said:

“Nuhu Ribadu or not, you know, I prepared for

this election. Even, if 14 of us are going into this

election, I am confident of my ability, of my

capability, of my mobilization, of my sensitization

that the delegates will select me.”

Aliyu Idi Hong, who is among those who withdrew

from the race, said: “Peace-building, negotiation,

give-and-take, everything went well. We have

been given a caveat and one thing we have

succeeded in extracting from this meeting is that

the meeting started with a preamble that

whoever is going to contest and if he happens to

win as a governor, he will not have the right to

contest the 2015 election.”

“Some of us think that our aspirations, our

ambition, our vision for Adamawa is a long term

and more articulate vision and not a stop-gap six

 

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