Adamawa Election:  Acting Governor Fintiri wins PDP primary

Ahmad Fintiri, Adamawa acting governor

The Acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, has emerged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the October 11 governorship election in the state.
Mr. Fintiri defeated other aspirants in the primary election held in Yola, the state capital, on Saturday.
In an intense election which lasted up to the early hours of Sunday, Mr. Fintiri  won the primaries with 624 votes. The current Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, came second with 197 votes.
A former Lagos and Borno military administrator, Buba Marwa, got 54 votes, while Umar Ardo, and a member of the State Assembly, Jerry Kumdiisi, scored 9 and 4 votes respectively.
There were also 23  invalid votes.
The results were declared by the chairman of the primary and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole at about 4: 03 a.m.  
Mr. Fintiri’s emergence was expected after eight of the aspirants who had withdrawn from the primary election declared support for him.
The eight aspirants include a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, as well as Awwal  Tukur, Idi Hong, Aliyu Kama, Markus Gundiri, Andrawus Sawa, Halilu Gire, and James  Barka.
They had after a meeting with Senate President, David Mark, early on Friday stepped down from the race after it was agreed that the Adamawa northern senatorial zone should produce the governor in the coming bye-election, while the position would be zoned to the central zone in 2015.

The aspirants said they supported Mr. Fintiri after he agreed not to contest the primaries of the party for the February 2015 governorship election.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    PDP better watch it

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)


    This is not news, but a fait accompli.

    Hands up, anybody who expected a different outcome?

    With this development, PDP has shown the way forward in how to conduct civilian coups!

  • Ashibogu

    President Jonathan should watch his back. He could be similarly impeached the same way Nyako was impeached and someone from the National Assembly will do what Fintiri has done. Since Nigeria is at war, they will declare that it is impossible to conduct fresh elections. I suspect some anti-democratic forces conspiring against our democracy. Just thinkiing.

  • Durosanmi


    There are some bright contributors on Premium Times with high mental acuity.
    They had pre-analysed the votes will fall in Fintiri’s favour by a wide margin.
    And with the poll results now out, they get the kudos for hitting the bull’s eye.

  • John Adueme

    It is done and dusted but unfortunately Brigadier Buba Marwa’s ambition is now burnt.
    At 61 and now un-qualified to re-run on PDP ticket next February, it’s all over for him.
    He can only hang onto President Jonathan’s coat-tails for administrative appointment.
    I’ll like to advise Governor Fintiri to keep his word and not defect to contest next year.
    The lure of office must not mislead him to suffer the same fate as ex-Governor Nyako.

  • Mohstone

    Democratic Suicide !!!

  • Wähala

    mini-Congratulations for scaling the first huddle on the road to Govt. House…
    If those who caused his earlier disqualification on the basis of a petition accusing him of being a shadow APC member are right, then we’re looking at APC-APC Governorship race in disguise… Given his dexterity in making sure xGov. Nyako was removed and the gun-point resignation of Nyako’s Dep. Governor, only a shallow minded analyst would expect Fintiri to gladly give up his throne after only six months on the job… Sha, with Boko Haram’s reported gains and capture of Gulak, I wonder who they’re fighting to lead in Boko Caliphate of Gulak.

    • Ashibogu

      Even Michika has fallen! Tell me how they are going to hold an election anytime soon? Our politicians no get sense at all! Tell me which comes first, securing the nation or politicking?

  • igbiki

    I hope tey know what they are doing and that the agreement with Mr Fintiri was on paper.

    • Ashibogu

      Which agreement? The man don carry waka! It is only God that can stop him.

  • Amaka

    They had to award the Governorship to Fintiri or else he will spill the bean on Nyako’s impeachment. He is holding PDP to the neck and could be their biggest liability by next year. A green horn has employed politics of intimidation to hoodwink clueless PDP to submission. Who will dare ask Fintiri to step down next year for Ribadu or Marwa to step in? The president will not have the moral authority to look Fintiri in the face and ask him to step down because Fintiri learnt from him in denying agreements. We are watching.

    • Ashibogu

      Chiamaka, you are the true Child of your father and mother. Fintiri will simply tell Jonathan, Oga I will support you if you support me. As for Ribadu, dem don do am one chance!

  • Almightygodalmightygod

    How on earth will am elected gov. Give up his constitutional right to contest for a second term, pls can someone give me an answer?

  • Newsday

    @ Amaka:


    Brigadier Mohammed Buba Marwa is not qualified to run again in 2015 and perhaps forever.
    PDP zones the governorship ticket in 2015 to Adamawa central – which hasn’t ever produced
    a governor in Adamawa state. That fairness rule now means Buba Marwa will not be eligible,
    since he is from Adamawa north. But let’s face it: why will Marwa want to run again in 2015?

    The result published above shows that Brigadier Mohammed Buba Marwa got only 54 votes.
    Whereas, Governor Fintiri got 624 votes to win the election by landslide. That landslide defeat
    is the second in a row Buba Marwa has suffered in Adamawa state. Three years ago, in the general
    election, Brigadier Buba Marwa was CPC governorship candidate. He was roundly defeated in his hometown –
    Michika; and not just that, he was defeated at his polling booth in Michika too, and defeated in his ward.
    He was then defeated in all of Michika local government itself. So, what further proof does Buba Marwa need,
    to stop disgracing himself at home? A wise man should know when he is not wanted and just go away.

    • macgeorge

      Well buba marwa is democratically un electable,he is a democratic liability to any party,not because he is bad,but his developmental strides in lagos and his boldness in maidugri is incoprehesible and intimidating to their unliking.

  • True Nigerian

    Ribadu, how you dey? Hoping for 2015? You will see! If the idea was that you genuinely believed that you have enough popularity to win fair and square in an open general election contest in Adamawa, shouldn’t you have been gunning for APC ticket now to face useless Fintiri? The last episode of the treachery of agreements in PDP was played out in Aso Rock on re:Jonathan and his cocktails of denials and lies. The next episode is building up in Adamawa. Fintiri, the hatchet man, will use the next 6 months to loot enough money to buy every notable liar or twister of truth to his side when the next episode begins. Then they will come out fighting and telling everyone that Fintiri cannot be denied the “constitutional right” to run for election if he wants to. Then you will hear that Ribadu has registered his own political party or turned himself into another Atiku Abubakar – the exemplary party harlot! Fintiri will even go for third term because he will claim at the end of 2019 that he is yet to fulfill his constitutional terms because 2014 – 2015 was not a a full term, as he was only a candidate in a bye-election. Hahahaha!

    And the people of Nigeria, as always, will continue to be fooled by a few cowards who would escape into Cameroon if just 10 percent of the people of this country will show some wisdom and courage to say “enough is enough”.

  • john micheals

    Congratulations to him, Lets see the choice of the people next monthly, that will be the ultimate decider.