Barely five hours after the acting governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, picked the Peoples Democratic Party ticket for the October 11 governorship bye-election, the opposition All Progressives Congress has started the process of choosing its flag bearer.
Our correspondent learnt in Yola, on Sunday that 6, 478 delegates were participating in the exercise which did not begin at the various local government areas until about 12 noon.
The State Organising Secretary of the party, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal, explained that only members of the executive committee of the party at various levels were participating in the selection process.
He said, “Only executive members of the party are delegates and the election was delayed to 12 noon to enable Christian delegates to participate.
“We have 6,478 delegates and because of the security situation in Madagali and Michika local governments, delegates from these areas will cast their votes in Gombi.”
Those in the race are –Senator Bindiw Jibrilla, Senator Ahmed Hassan Barata, Yakubu Tsala, Emmanuel Bello, Ibrahim Mijinyawa and Boss Mustapha.
Meanwhile, a close associate of a former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorised to discuss the issue in the media, confided in The PUNCH that the former VP expected nothing less than a transparent exercise.