Only God will Decide My Fate, Says Fintiri

Less than 24 hours after the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olawale Oladipo, said the acting Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmed Umaru Fintiri, is excluded from the 2015 governorship election, Fintiri yesterday said only God, not the party can determine his political future.

Fintiri, during a visit to PDP national secretariat, told journalists that only God would decide whether or not he will contest the February 28, 2015 governorship election in the state.

PDP said the acting governor was excluded as the office is zoned to the Adamawa Central, whereas the acting governor is from Adamawa North, and that he is contesting to only complete the tenure of the impeached Governor Muritala Nyako.

Fintiri, who was on a courtesy visit to the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Muazu, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja yesterday, disclosed that his immediate pre-occupation was to prepare and win the October 11 governorship by-election which his party just nominated him to contest.

He said he enjoyed the support of all the 13 aspirants who contested with him in the PDP primary last week.

Just last Tuesday, the PDP leadership said it would enforce its decision restricting the governorship of the state to Adamawa Central senatorial district by 2015.
The party also insisted that Fintiri would not be allowed to contest the February 2015 governorship election in the state because of the agreement he entered with the party.

The national secretary of the party, Oladipo, who received the students’ wing of the PDP in his office on Tuesday at the party secretariat, declared that Fintiri voluntarily agreed to opt out of the 2015 race after all the aspirants agreed that the position be restricted to Adamawa Central in 2015.

Oladipo stated:”I was the secretary of the committee that met with them and what happened was that it will be morally wrong for whoever wins now to contest the 2015 election. This means that such person will only govern the state till the expiration of original term of Nyako. And eight of them voluntarily withdrew prefering to wait and contest the 2015 election. Nobody was forced. We don’t have a class captain in PDP.”

Asked what the party would do should Fintiri insist on contesting in 2015, the PDP scribe said: “No, he will not. Whoever wins now will not insist. I can assure you of that.

“We have put in place safeguards on this.  Whoever wins, I’m telling you, quote me, will not contest the 2015 governorship election. However, the primaries for 2015 will take place in a month’s time.”

On whether Fintiri’s right to contest was not being injured, Oladipo explained: “He was the one who said ‘If I win, I will not contest again’, so nobody is taking anybody’s right away. And in PDP, you should know that we are family, and we don’t have any domineering dictator here. We all discussed, we reached agreement and we move out as a team, and that is what we are going to do in the state.

“We are going to move out as a team. Of course, the other party will not be happy because they are in disarray and they are inheriting Nyako’s very bad record. Let them go and live with it. It is not our problem, it is their problem. They looked for Nyako, they got him.”

Asked whether the agreement with Fintiri was signed, the PDP secretary said: “We have very solid, robust, voluntary and general agreement. Everybody who attended the meeting was in agreement. All stakeholders are in agreement. And remember, our party is a party of family. We are all one family, no conflicting interest. We didn’t come together from ACN, CPC. We are all one family.”

 

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