Senior leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including President Goodluck Jonathan, will not influence the October 11 governorship bye-election in Adamawa State, the Minister of Youth Development, and a former governor of the state, Boni Haruna, said Thursday.
Mr. Haruna said the election will be unique because of the “noticeable unity of purpose among stakeholders” of the party in the state.
Speaking in Girei, Adamawa State, the former governor of the state described the development as a complete shift from the influence of the president and PDP leadership in the choice of the gubernatorial candidate.
Mr. Haruna recalled that in 2007, the choice was made difficult because there was no unity of purpose in view of the fact there were many governorship candidates.
The minister, who was in the campaign trail of the state acting governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, lauded the 11 governorship aspirants who stepped down for Mr. Fintiri to complete the tenure of the impeached former Governor Murtala Nyako.
He appealed to Adamawa citizens to come out in their numbers to vote for Mr. Fintiri, the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
“The elders of Girei are unanimous and have decided to mobilize the people for Fintiri in the October 11 election,” he said.