The former acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, has said he has no regrets with regards to his short time in office.
Mr. Finitiri spent 86 days as transitional governor following the impeachment of Murtala Nyako. A by-election was set for September 25 but was cancelled by a court in Abuja which brought in Mr. Nyako’s deputy, Bala Ngilari, as substantive governor.
“My 86 days in the Dougeri Government House was full of good memories and never ever forgettable,” he said. “I consider those days as fulfilled days of great achievement. As the record shows that within those few days I touched my people’s lives in significant ways. I wish anyone that is there to put his best to see that our state is better than I met it.”
Mr. Fintiri, who is the speaker of the state House of Assembly, spoke to journalists after his visit to the Adamawa state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, secretariat with some of his colleagues.
The lawmakers were at the secretariat to pledge their loyalty to the state party leadership under Joel Madaki.
Mr. Madaki was removed as chairman by the national chapter of the party.
“Initially we were invited by the party hierarchy, especially those that want to contest and re-contest,” Mr. Fintiri said. “I felt as a loyal party man to show solidarity with my colleagues that are going to contest. As a group and as a people, we want to see how we will move our party forward.”
When asked about the authenticity of Mr. Madaki as the chairman of the state chapter of the party, the speaker said it was not something to worry about.
“We are still pleading with the party’s hierarchy to reinstate Chief Joel Madaki,” he said. “As a state, we have to move forward. The person that is there is one of us and was deputizing Mr. Madaki.”
The former acting governor debunked rumours that he planned to run for governor in the 2015 general elections.
“I am cool and happy” he said. “I am out to help my party achieve success in 2015, particularly my member colleagues who are out to get voted in 2015. For 2015, I can tell you now I don’t have any ambition.”