Despite the decision by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders in Adamawa State to zone the governorship slot to the Central Senatorial District, the Acting Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has declared the zoning arrangement as a non-issue.
Fintiri, who emerged as acting governor following the impeachment of Murtala Nyako, is one of the aspirants for the PDP ticket ahead of the October 11 by-election.
Speaking to reporters yesterday in Abuja when he came to submit his nomination form, Fintiri said the proclamation of zoning by the party stakeholders for the forthcoming by-election was misplaced.
He argued that zoning should not apply because the October election was not a fresh election, but meant to complete the term of Mr. Nyako.
His words: “It is the turn of the Central in 2015, not 2014. What we are contesting now is 2014 election. What we are striving for now is to spend the rest of the tenure of the last governor, Murtala Nyako”.
When asked if he would make himself available in 2015 if he picked the party’s ticket and ultimately won the by-election, Fintiri answered in the affirmative.
“It is my wish that I wouldn’t contest the 2015 election, but if it is the wish of the Adamawa people, why not?”
The acting governor, who claimed to be on a restoration mission, further declared that the former EFCC chairman and fellow aspirant, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, was no threat to his ambition.
He said: “I am the right person to continue, because I am the leader of the rescue team. We need to consolidate, so that by 2015, we shall handover to a new government in 2015.
“I am not threatened by the ambition of anybody. They are the ones threatened. How can I be threatened by Ribadu? Where is his structure? What is his base in PDP that I will be afraid of him?”