The CPC withdrew the candidate from the election.
The Adamawa chapter of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) on Tuesday withdrew its candidate for the May 11 by-election for Nasarawo/Binyeri state constituency of the state.
The party explained that the action was taken in the spirit of on-going merger talks between it and other parties, adding that the candidate, Ibrahim Umar, was allegedly fielded by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in the state.
But Mr. Umar in a swift reaction insisted that he was a CPC member and was still in the race.
Addressing newsmen in Yola, the state chairman of the CPC Publicity Sub-committee on the merger, Musa Kamale, said the party decided to withdraw its candidate in the election and support the ACN candidate.
Mr. Kamale said apart from that, the party had, after a meeting of stakeholders, discovered that Mr. Umar was a PDP member sponsored with the connivance of some CPC officials to emerge as candidate of the party.
He said that the development had been communicated to the national secretariat of the party, which had endorsed the withdrawal of the candidate.
Mr. Kamale tendered a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, signed by the National Chairman of CPC, Tony Momoh, dated April 24, withdrawing the party candidate.
Mr. Umar, however, insisted that he was a bonafide CPC member and would not withdraw from the race.
He said that he followed due process to emerge as the CPC candidate and would not withdraw as he was not even aware of any such letter from the national headquarters announcing his withdrawal.
“Those calling for my withdrawal are the ones working for the PDP,” Mr. Umar said.
Meanwhile, INEC has published the names of five candidates cleared to contest the by-election.
The candidates are Messrs Mathias Yohanna (ACN), Gershon Kasuwa (APGA), Ibrahim Umar (CPC), Umar Kaigama (KOWA) and Umar Abdulkarim (PDP).
The Nasarawo/Binyeri by-election arose because of the death of the member representing the constituency, Ahmad Gangwaso, in January.
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