What You Need to Know
Just one day after former EFCC chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, released a statement bowing out of the governorship race in Adamawa State, his campaign has released another statement saying that he will in fact participate in the APC gubernatorial primaries scheduled for Thursday, October 4th.
Ribadu who had bowed out of the race on Sunday was quoted in the press release saying that he and a greater majority of the APC in Adamawa State had not agreed to indirect primary elections as such a process would be unfair.
Ribadu did not defect from the APC following his decision to bow out of the race on Sunday. He was clear in his statement that he would continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari while remaining in the APC.
However, on Monday, he made an about-turn. He said he is now satisfied with the decision taken by the APC national headquarters to not only reschedule the Adamawa gubernatorial primaries but also to adopt direct primaries in the state. The statement released added that Ribadu will be “in full contest” now that the APC headquarters has intervened.
Why It Matters
It was earlier reported that many of the serving governors have so far successfully emerged as the key candidates for their parties in their respective states, however a direct primary in Adamawa may make the race more competitive. Of the three candidates in the race, Ribadu is a former presidential and governorship candidate, while the other challenger for the ticket is the brother of Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari.
The direct primary system plus the pedigree of the other aspirants have suddenly put the Adamawa primary in play and it is a must-watch race just like the Lagos APC governorship primary.
Whoever wins is expected to square off against a former acting governor in the state, Ahmadu Fintiri who won the PDP primary. In 2014, Fintiri was disqualified from running for governor by the PDP screening committee which said that he should sit out that race because he became acting governor following the impeachment of the then Gov. Murtala Nyako and deputy Gov. Bala Ngilari.
“He is like a midwife and not seen as the one carrying the baby. His role should be somebody who should ensure a free and fair election. But he can appeal,” the committee said.