By Umar Yusuf
YOLA—Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, has emerged as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the October 11, 2014 bye-election.
He polled 624 votes out of the 912 votes cast to defeat four other aspirants.
Announcing the result of the 14-hour electoral process, the leader of the PDP Adamawa Gubernatorial Primaries Committee, Dimeji Bankole, said Fintiri polled 624 while Dr Ahmed Modibbo got 197 votes.
Modibbo was followed by Brig-Gen Buba Marwa, who scored 64 votes; Dr. Umar Ardo, nine votes; and Mr Jerry Kumdusi, four votes.
Bankole, a former speaker of the House of Representatives disclosed that of the votes,23 invalid ones were recorded during the exercise.
The 912 delegates were categorized into Statutory (members of the party holding elective and political appointments or holding executive office in the state, zonal or national office of the party) and Ad- Hoc delegates (those at the ward levels).
The primaries scheduled to commence at 10 am on Saturday started at about 6:30pm with the accreditation of delegates from the 21 local councils of the state.
In his acceptance speech, the acting governor, described his emergence as a resounding victory for the party and appealed to other aspirants to join hands with him and other stakeholders to lead PDP to victory in the October 11 election.
Speaking on the primaries, Marwa accepted the outcome of the exercise and declared his support for Fintiri.
Marwa stated that his decision is to enable the PDP to emerge victorious in the October 11 bye-election.
According to him “after due consultations with my political associates and supporters, I have decided to support the Acting Governor in the task ahead.”
Marwa declared that all his supporters have been directed to support the PDP flag bearer on October 11.