The acting Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, yesterday disclosed that his emergence was an act of God and that was why his initial disqualification by the Ibrahim Mantu screening committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sparked a protest in the state.
Fintiri told journalists in Yola on his return from Abuja that the disqualification was aimed at discontinuing his ambition to contest for the October 11 by-election but turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
According to him, his ambition to contest the October 11 by-election was solely an Adamawa Project and that was why Adamawa people protested against his initial disqualification.
“Because they know that l have what it takes to transform the state,” he said.
“The reaction of the people when I was initially disqualified showed that the people of Adamawa are with me. My ambition is an Adamawa project.
“I feel happy and have cause to thank God that the Appeal Committee has cleared me to contest, I want to assure the people of Adamawa who trooped out to welcome me that we must all team up and work for the total liberation of the state,” Fintiri said.
The acting governor noted that he was in touch with most of the other 13 aspirants on how to reach a consensus so as to support a popular candidate who can win the forthcoming by-election.
Meanwhile, one of the aspirants in the guber race, former speaker of the state assembly and presently an Ambassador to Tunisia, James Barka, has decided to drop his ambition to support Fintiri.
Barka told reporters that with Fintiri in the race, there was no reason why he should contest against him because they shared similar ideals for the state.
“When I heard that Fintiri was disqualified I was sad and felt I can give him my clearance. But when the appeal committee cleared him, I was overwhelmed with joy and decided that since Fintiri is in the race I should pull my weight behind him by withdrawing in his favour”, Barka said.
He said that there were other aspirants that would soon withdraw their ambition in support of Fintiri.
In a similar development, another aspirant, Alhaji Sabo Jimeta, has also announced his decision to support the Fintiri ambition and urged other aspirants to follow suit in the interest of the party and the state in general.
Sabo, who was aspiring to contest in 2015, said he had directed his campaign team in the 21 local government areas to work for Fintiri
“What has increasingly impressed the good people of Adamawa State is that Fintiri is a young, vibrant and patriotic leader with an enviable record of service. He is ready to take the state out of her current woes to a new level that will adequately cater for the well-being of her citizens,” Sabo emphasised.
Meanwhile, the screening committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared seven aspirants for its primaries for the October 11 gubernatorial by-election in Adamawa State.
The Chairman of the screening committee, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), noted that all the aspirants that presented themselves for the governorship ticket met the guidelines of the party.
Akeredolu listed the cleared aspirants to include Senator Bindow Jibrilla, Senator Ahmed Hassan Barata, Alhaji Dahiru Bobbo and Hon. Emmanuel Bello, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Mr. Yakubu Tsala and Ibrahim Mijinyawa.
The chairman of the committee announced that the report of the committee would be forwarded to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party before its primary on September 7.