As the October 11, 2014 governorship by-election in Adamawa State approaches, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Monday, concluded screening of all seven aspirants at the state secretariat of the party in Yola.
The exercise which ended Monday night had all the seven aspirants in attendance with each of them taking their turn.
The Chairman of the Screening Committee, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, told journalists that the exercise was hitch free and went on as scheduled.
He said all the aspirants were very orderly and complied with the party’s rules and regulations and that the result will be announced soon.
An executive member of the party told PREMIUM TIMES that there is a high possibility of all the aspirants agreeing to produce a consensus candidate that will fly the party’s flag in the governorship bye-election.
An aspirant, Ahmad Barata, who was the first to appear before the committee refused to talk to the journalists. He appeared angry.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered from a source close to the politician that Mr. Barata and other aspirants had been under intense pressure by a powerful chieftain of the party to drop their ambition for a favoured aspirant.
Another aspirant, Dahiru Bobbo, a close associate of Atiku Abubakar, denied any attempt to persuade him to withdraw from the governorship race, saying any person vying for the governorship is free to make independent decision.
He described the screening as interactive and lively, saying the committee touched on the economy, politics and other sundry issues.