Adamawa Poll: Ribadu, 7 Others Step Down

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has withdrawn from the forthcoming primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party. Seven other aspirants also stepped down.
They took the decision after a marathon meeting which ended at the Presidential Villa in the early hours of Friday.
The Senate President, David Mark and other officials of the party were at the meeting and the numnber of aspirants now stands at six instead of the 14 people that signified interest earlier.
The six aspirants in the race to get the party’s ticket to succeed impeached Governor Murtala Nyako are Ahmed Gulak, Brig Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), Ahmed Modibbo, Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.
Those who stepped down are Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; Auwal Tukur; Aliyu Idi Hong, Andrawus Sawa; James Barka; GAliyu Kama; Markus Gundiri and Abubakar Girei.
Street Journal gathered that one of the things put on the bargaining table at the closed door meeting was that the six aspirants contesting for the party’s ticket on Saturday will not contest for the position in 2015.
As such, only those who agreed to step down now can contest for the party’s governorship election ticket in 2015. It was also gathered that Adamawa Central that has never produced a governor might be considered as the zone to produce the 2015 gubernatorial candidate.
The state Chairman of the PDP, Joel Madaki, who spoke after the meeting disclosed that “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. The six aspirants contesting this election are Ahmed Gulak, Buba Marwa, Ahmed Modibbo, Dr. Umar Ardo, Acting Governor Umaru Fintiri, and Jerry Kumdisi.”
Meanwhile, one of the agreements also reached at the meeting was that after the primaries, the 5 other aspirants who did not get the ticket must support whoever emerges as the candidate to enable the PDP win the election proper.

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