Politics Acting Adamawa Governor 'Fintiri' Will Not Re-contest in 2015



Prof. Wale Oladipo, National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has disclosed that the acting governor of Adamawa state, Alhaji Umar Fintiri, would not re-contest in the 2015 if he emerged as winner in the October 11 governorship by-election.

He told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that the agreement was reached with the party leadership and aspirants who contested the September 6 Adamawa primaries.

"Whoever wins now will not insist to contest in 2015; I can assure of that because that is our agreement.’’

He added that the agreement was not documented but "it was solid, robust, voluntary and concrete with the consent of all party stakeholders in Adamawa''.

Oladipo added that as secretary of the committee that broker the agreement, measures had been put in place to ensure that whoever won the bye-election would not contest in 2015.

"And in any case, the primaries for 2015 will take place in about a month time,’’ he said.

He said that eight aspirants voluntarily withdrew from the race on the ground that they would prefer to wait and contest the 2015 election.

He, however, debunked insinuations that the party leadership was using the agreement to deny the state acting governor from contesting in 2015.

"The governor himself was the person that said `if I win, I will not contest', so nobody is taking anything from him.

"It will be morally wrong for who ever wins now to contest the 2015 election. And you should know that in PDP, we are a family; there is no domineering dictator; here we all discussed and reached an agreement.

" And we move out as a team and that is what we are going to do in Adamawa,’’ he said.

Oladipo also said that the party's appeal panel would look at the petitions of some aspirants on the conduct of the Adamawa primaries, to address them.

"They have a right to file petitions, but the appeal panel would look at it dispassionately and address it as the need arises,’’ he said.

He, however, expressed optimism that the PDP would do the needful to ensure that it won the October 11 Adamawa by-election.

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