Ribadu,Tukur's Son,Ag Governor,Others Pick Adamawa PDP Guber Form

Former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and one time Presidential candidate, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, on Monday joined six others to pick the extension of interest and nomination forms of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the Adamawa State Governorship bye-election slated for October 11 this year.
Those who picked the forms on Monday are Honourable Awual Tukur, the eldest son of the immediate National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Honourable Idi Hong, a one time Minister of State, Foreign Affairs, Honourable Marcus Gundiri, a former Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in the state and two others.
Other aspirants, who obtained the nominations last Friday are Dr Ahmed Modibo, former Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Alhaji Umar Fintiri, the State acting governor, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, a former Political Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan and Brigadier Buba Marwa, former Lagos State military administrator.
Speaking with newsmen after obtaining the mandatory forms, Mallam Ribadu disclosed that he had already applied for the Party’s waiver through its appropriate organ in line with its Constitution to enable him contest for the governorship election and was waiting for a response.
Mallam Ribadu, who spoke through one of  associates, who picked the forms on his behalf, Alhaji Hamidu Mahmoud also, debunked the speculation doing the round that President Goodluck Jonathan was the one behind his candidature which prompted his dumping the All Progressive Congress (APC), last Saturday.
According to him, “we are not aware that the President wants Ribadu. It was the PDP chieftain from Adamawa State who asked him to come out and contest the race. So, the issue of the President wanting Ribadu does not arise.
There have been controversies over alleged plans by the leadership of the Party in Abuja to coerce the State chapter of the party in granting waiver for Ribadu in an attempt to let him have an undue advantage over other aspirants, the arrangement which other stakeholders had rejected.
Also speaking with newsmen, Tukur debunked claims that he was counting on his father’s goodwill for the governorship ticket. He said, “There is no doubt, I’m Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s son.He’s my father, I’ll ride on his back; I won’t ride on anyone else’s back. That is nature. 
“I’ve said it that people should also look at my own history as an individual. No law says because I’m Tukur’s son I cannot play my politics. This is my time. I face the electorates and people should leave my father out of it and face me on my right.”
Hong, who also picked a nomination form to contest the Adamawa bye-election, insisted that the party was yet to declare Ribadu its consensus candidate 
He declared that the entrance of Ribadu was not a threat to his ambition to contest and win the party’s sole ticket for the October 11 governorship election in the state.
Responding to the insinuation that stakeholders from the state may have resolved to make Ribadu the consensus candidate of the PDP, Awwal said though consensus is part of the party’s mode of leadership selection, the PDP hierarchy has yet to call a meeting of aspirants where such decision could be taken.
On whether he had stepped down for Ribadu as being speculated, the former lawmaker said his coming forward to obtain nomination form to contest the state governorship election on the platform of the PDP had put a lie to the rumour.
 On how he intended to handle insecurity in the state should he get elected, Awwal said he would ensure redistribution of wealth and engage the people in worthwhile ventures. 
Meanwhile, Ribadu was on Monday, in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, endorsed by a group of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders across the 21 Local Governments of the state endorsed for the governorship race.
Speaking at the event convened by Concerned Youth for Good Governance in Adamawa at the Conference hall, Muna Hotel, Yola, the stakeholders extolled Ribadu for his incorruptible stance which according to them was responsible for the endorsement.
Alhaji Isa Ibrahim Toungo, leader of the group said their clamour for Ribadu’s candidature was an honest and patriotic effort to entrench good governance in the state, following the decay that embedded the state. He added that Ribadu has earned a reputation of being a fearless, dedicated and patriotic citizen, who did well in all his areas and that they can vouch for his credibility, anytime.
Alhaji Adamu Modibbo, former gubernatorial candidate of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP), who represented Ribadu at the event, thanked the people for their support for the aspiration of Ribadu adding that when elected, he will reinvent the state and restore its lost glory.
He added that a vote for Ribadu is a vote for peace, tranquility and progress.
Dignitaries at the occasion included former Speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi, former Commissioner for Local Government under Boni Haruna Saleh Kinjir, former member of Adamawa State house of Assembly, Rhoda Bugi among others.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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