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'Fintiri will not re-contest in 2015'

10 September 2014, 12:26

Abuja - Adamawa Acting Governor, Umar Fintiri, would not re-contest in 2015 if he emerges as the winner in the October 11 governorship by-election.

Prof. Wale Oladipo, PDP National Secretary told newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that the agreement was reached with the party leadership and aspirants who contested the September 6 Adamawa primaries.

"Whoever wins now will not insist to contest in 2015; I can assure of that because that is our agreement.’’

He added that the agreement was not documented but "it was solid, robust, voluntary and concrete with the consent of all party stakeholders in Adamawa''.

Oladipo added that as secretary of the committee that broker the agreement, measures had been put in place to ensure that whoever won the bye-election would not contest in 2015.

"And in any case, the primaries for 2015 will take place in about a month time,’’ he said.

He said that eight aspirants voluntarily withdrew from the race on the ground that they would prefer to wait and contest the 2015 election.

He, however, debunked insinuations that the party leadership was using the agreement to deny the state acting governor from contesting in 2015.

Also read : Adamawa election: PDP enjoins members to support Fintiri

The PDP scribe added that the party believed that for democracy to strive, it needed to play the game according to the rules.

He said that if the country's constitution allowed a sitting president two terms in office, President Goodluck Jonathan should not be an exception.

-  NAN

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