Ahead of the Saturday, October 2014 gubernatorial by-election in Adamawa state, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, September 1, 2014 cleared all 7 aspirants at the party secretariat in Yola, the Adamwa state capital.
The screening, which was concluded in the night of Monday, September 1, 2014 with all 7 aspirants facing the screening committee turn by turn.
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who chaired the screening committee, spoke to newsmen on completion of the exercise said the screening was hitch free and went as planned.
Premium Times reports:
He said all the aspirants were very orderly and complied with the party’s rules and regulations and that the result will be announced soon.
An executive member of the party told PREMIUM TIMES that there is a high possibility of all the aspirants agreeing to produce a consensus candidate that will fly the party’s flag in the governorship bye-election.
An aspirant, Ahmad Barata, who was the first to appear before the committee refused to talk to the journalists. He appeared angry.
PREMIUM TIMES gathered from a source close to the politician that Mr. Barata and other aspirants had been under intense pressure by a powerful chieftain of the party to drop their ambition for a favoured aspirant.
Another aspirant, Dahiru Bobbo, a close associate of Atiku Abubakar, denied any attempt to persuade him to withdraw from the governorship race, saying any person vying for the governorship is free to make independent decision.
He described the screening as interactive and lively, saying the committee touched on the economy, politics and other sundry issues.