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Adamawa bye-election: PDP Appeal Panel clears acting governor Fintiri for primaries

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IMAGE: Umar Fintiri, Adamawa State Acting Governor »


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Screening Appeal Committee has cleared the Adamawa State Acting Governor, Umar Fintiri, to participate in the party’s September 6 primary.

The development came barely 24 hours after the Ibrahim Mantu led screening panel disqualified Mr. Fintiri.

Briefing journalists at the PDP national secretariat on Sunday, Chairman of the Appeal Panel, Senator James Manager, pointed out that Mantu’s committee made an error of judgment in arriving at its decision.

The Mantu committee had relied on Section 191 (2) of the Constitution to ease Fintiri out of the race, saying; “Fintiri is not qualified to contest in the primaries because he is not a deputy governor that emerged as acting governor.

“He is a child of circumstance. He is the midwife and should not be the one carrying the pregnancy. He is like a referee who cannot participate in the match”.

But Manager said his team took a look at the entire gamut of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act and the PDP Constitution before arriving at its decision. “The prerequisite for qualification to contest the election, as quoted by the Screening Panel, does not in any way affect the rights of the Acting Governor to contest.

“On the strength of that, we have decided to issue the Acting Governor a provisional clearance certificate to participate in the primary election.

“This decision is based on the facts on ground and not informed by any primordial sentiments. The outcome of our exercise is a unanimous decision by all members of the committee”.

Fintiri had appealed his disqualification by the Mantu led panel, arguing that the committee erred in its judgment and that the constitutional provision relied upon for his disqualification was misinterpreted.



Article Credit: Business News

Updated 4 Years ago

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