Ribadu Joins Guber Race In Adamawa

Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Monday picked up
governorship form to run for Adamawa
State number one seat.
The Nation reports that Ribadu, who was
the former chairman of the Economic and
Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) is
contesting under the platform of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after
obtaining the governorship nomination
form.
It was gathered that the form, with serial
number 0000060, was obtained at the
party’s national secretariat through a
representative, Alhaji Hamidu Mahmud, at a
cost of N10 million.
Mahmud after obtaining the form revealed
that Ribadu, who was also a former
Presidential Candidate of the defunct Action
Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had applied to the
leadership of the PDP for a waiver and that
he was awaiting the response from the
party leaders.
Mahmud expressed optimism that Ribadu
would get the waiver because the PDP
constitution did not insert the waiver clause
in anticipation that he can’t join the race.
He said there is no reason why the party
should deny him the opportunity to vie for
the ticket.
Meanwhile, Ribadu, is vying against other
political bigwigs like the former political
adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan,
Ahmed Gulak; Acting governor of Adamawa
State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri and the former
Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic
Education Commission (UBEC), Ahmed
Modibbo.
Others aspirants include the former Minister
of state for Foreign Affairs, Aliyu Idi Hong;
former Lagos military administrator, Buba
Marwa; as well as the son of former national
chairman of the PDP, Awwal Tukur, and
others.
The nomination is expected to close on
Tuesday while the submission of the forms
is slated for August 25, with screening of
aspirants expected to hold on August 28,
2014. The ward congress comes up on
September 1, while appeal for the congress
will hold on September 3.
It would be recalled that on August 11,
2014, the former EFCC boss revealed his
intention to defect to the Peoples
Democratic Party
before he officially defected to the PDP on
August 15, 2014,
a decision which the the National Chairman
of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun described as
a merely confirmation of the level to which
the Nigerian society had degenerated
.
Meanwhile, the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed the
state governorship election for October 11,
2014.

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