Ribadu Scores 688 To Win Adamawa PDP Guber Primaries
ABUJA-AHEAD of 2015 Gubernatorial election, former Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu Monday emerged the winner of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial primaries.
Ribadu at the end of the primaries which took place at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Garki, Abuja, emerged as PDP’s flag bearer for the election having polled 688 votes to defeat others.
In the primaries conducted by the Chairman of PDP electoral Committee, Senator Rufai Sani Hangai, governor James Bala Ngilari, four other aspirants shunned the process.
Others who did show up at venue of the primaries were former Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, Dr. Ahmed Modibbo; son of former Chairman of PDP, Awwal Bamanga Tukur; Engr. Marcus Gundiri and General Aliyu Kama, rtd.
Announcing the results, Hangai declared that governor Bala Ngilari polled 26 votes; Modibbo got 30 votes; Marcus, 33 votes; Tukur, 25 votes and Kama 3 votes, while there 2 invalid votes.
Despite the fact that the governor and others were absent, their names were on the ballot papers, which necessitated delegates voting for them.
Nuhu Ribadu was the 2011 Presidential candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, but was defeated by President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP .
The National Leadership of PDP was on Friday forced to relocate the conduct of the Adamawa State primaries where its candidates for the 2015 general elections would emerge to the nation’s Capital city, Abuja, following the continued security challenges posed by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
Governor James Bala Ngilari and his supporters have described the primaries conducted in the nation’s capital city, Abuja as illegal and flagrant disregard of a subsisting court order by a competent court of law, just as they stressed that the action was totally unacceptable.
Addressing Journalists yesterday in Abuja, Chairman, Adamawa State Chapter of PDP, Chief Joel Madaki who boasted that they would go ahead with the primary election in Yola, the state capital, however asked what list the other group was using in Abuja to conduct the primaries, adding, ” they will never succeed, we remain focused, resolute and we are working for Mr. President. What list are they using; the Joel Madaki led Exco is prepared to hold the primaries in Adamawa and not Abuja.