Nuhu Ribadu and other aspirants who withdrew from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries for the October 11 Adamawa by-election on Saturday in Yola resolved to support the state Acting Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.
A spokesman for the aspirants, Andrawus Sawa, told journalists after a meeting with the acting governor in Yola, that they took the decision in the interest of Adamawa and in solidarity with the acting governor.
“We have decided to link up with the acting governor and directed all our ward delegates from the 21 local government areas to merge together and cast their votes for the acting governor,” Mr. Sawa said.
Mr. Sawa who led the group at the news conference, said Mr. Fintiri had assured them that if elected, he would just conclude the remaining tenure of ousted Governor Murtala Nyako which would end in May 2015.
The aspirants present at the conference were a former anti-corruption chief, Nuhu Ribadu, Auwal Bamanga, James Barka, Marcus Gundiri, Aliyu Kama and Abubakar Girei.
Commenting on the situation, Mr. Fintiri expressed gratitude to the aspirants for stepping down and their resolve to support him.
Meanwhile, some of the aspirants contesting the primaries with Mr. Fintiri have expressed confidence to emerge victorious.
Buba Marwa, Ahmed Gulak, Umar Ardo, Jerry Kundisi and Ahmed Modibbo said they were confident that victory would com their ways.
“I feel comfortable and confident. With my credentials and experience, track record and background, I have no fear and will leave everything for the electorate to decide,” Mr. Marwa said.
The accreditation of delegates was still ongoing as at 5 p.m. because the earlier accreditation made was cancelled.
Some of the participating aspirants, including Messrs Ardo and Gulak, later criticised the handling of the primaries by the delegation from the PDP headquarters led by former House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole.
Whoever emerges candidate of the PDP will challenge others from other parties in the October 11 governorship election.