The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward congresses conducted in Adamawa State for the October 11 governorship election has been unanimously endorsed by all the 14 governorship aspirants of the party in the state.
However, the PDP delegates’ election has been concluded in the state.
Confirming the election yesterday in Yola, the state Secretary of the party, Tahir Shehu, who said while new delegates were elected in some places, the existing delegates were retained, adding tat the list was being compiled.
Shehu commended the committee set up by the national secretariat of the party for their diligent work, saying the success of the exercise was a testimony to quality leadership at the helm of party’s affairs.
THISDAY checks revealed that in the said election which was held on September 1, three ad hoc delegates for the September 6 primaries of the party were elected in a peaceful and orderly manner and the election ended on Tuesday, while the list of the new delegates were compiled and released publicly yesterday.
Meanwhile, the aspirants in a joint statement issued in Yola yesterday which was made available to journalists, described the ward congress as transparent and substantially in compliance with the party’s guidelines.
“Pursuant to the above, we (aspirants) accept the delegates’ list resulting from the ward congresses to be used for the September 6 state congress for the election of the party’s flagbearer in the 2014 by-election for the office of the governor of the state,” he said.
The statement added that the resolutions were unanimously passed and adopted at the stakeholders’ meeting convened by the ward congress committee headed by Dr. Akilu Indabawa, moments after the conduct of the ward congresses.
It stated that all the aspirants attended the meeting in person with the exception of Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, who was represented by Mr. Kelvin Peters, the Director General of his campaign organisation, while Mr. Marcus Gundiri was absent but sent his apologies.
The statement listed the aspirants in attendance with their signatures and mobile phone numbers against their names to include: Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, Prof. Andrawus Sawa, Brigadier General Aliyu Kama (rtd), Ambassador James Barka and Mr. Marcus Gundiri.
Others were Hon. Awwal Tukur, Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong, Hon. Jerry Kumdisi, Dr. Umar Ardo, Brigadier General Buba Marwa, Senator Abubakar Halilu Girei, Ahmed Ali Gulak and Alhaji Faruk Jauro.
In another development, ahead of Saturday governorship primaries of the party in the state, Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo, who is also vying for the October 11 governorship by-election has promised an all-inclusive government if elected governor.
Modibbo made the promise at a meeting with the 147 PDP delegates of the southern senatorial zone of the state yesterday in Ganye town, who were drawn from four local government areas that make up the zone, namely: Ganye, Jada, Tongo and Mayo-Belwa local governments areas.
He also met with another 178 delegates from five local governments of Demsa, Numan, Shileng, Guyuk and Lamorde which are part of the southern senatorial zone.
While seeking their votes in the Saturday’s primaries, he reassured them that as a founding member of PDP and a proud son of the state, he was committed to bringing back the lost glory of the state through purposeful political leadership.
He revealed that a thoroughly all-inclusive government would be the only solution of the state challenges going by its large tribal population.
Modibbo also warned the delegates not to allow politicians who had failed them in the past to return to office; urging them to vote for those who have workable re-engineering development plans for the state like him.
He added that his 35 years working experiences in the public service would bail out the state from its current economic and infrastructural setbacks.
The aspirant provided satisfactory answers to some questions which emanated from delegates most of whom bordered on capital projects, political appointments and women representation for the zone.
The monarch who said the former UBEC boss needed no further introduction in the state due to his good gestures, appealed for peaceful conduct among aspirants.