By Olusegun Lawrence A leading aspirant for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket in Adamawa State, Dr Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo has expressed optimism that he would emerge the party’s candidate at the primaries slated for September 6, 2014.
Dr Modibbo, a former Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education (UBEC), anchored his optimism on the assurance given by the PDP National Organising Secretary that all the aspirants would enjoy level playing field.
The aspirant, who spoke on Monday shortly after submitting his nomination form at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, said he would turn around the fortunes of Adamawa if given the chance to be next governor.
He therefore, enjoined the party leadership to stay by its promise to allow democracy take its course by dumping consensus arrangement being pushed by some people.
Dr. Modibbo said, “I am not afraid of any contestant and the national organising secretary of the party has assured us of a level playing ground.
“Democracy allows the people to decide. Consensus isn’t really truly representative of the people. Our challenge in Adamawa is imposition and we aren’t going to repeat that.
“I have paid my dues having worked in the public service for 35 years.
” There have been tremendous pressures on me to come forward and rule the State.
“I have what it takes to rescue Adamawa and God willing, with determination, we should be able to turn around the fortunes of Adamawa for the better.”
Speaking in Yola on Sunday, Director-General of Campaign Organisation of Dr Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo, Hon. Fanuel Mosu, said the former UBEC boss is the best person to turn around the state for good.
He said, “We reviewed our campaign structures from ward, council and zonal levels and necessary improvements have been observed, yet we are not willing to rest on our oars”
“Part of our advantages is that Dr Ahmed Mohammed Modibbo is already an household name here in Adamawa. His record of achievements and party support is helping us, but we still need to do more”
“All the twenty one local council coordinators and our delegate coordinators have been briefed about some of our new strategies and they have expressed their willingness to take the message to the grassroots”
“Modibbo’s group believes more in the people and in putting them first; that’s why we are focusing on how to get biggest supports from them during and after the primaries”.