By Iro Dan Fulani
President Goodluck Jonathan’s former political adviser, Aliyu Gulak, has joined in the contest for the Adamawa State governorship bye-election race.
Gulak made his intentions known when he addressed his campaign coordinators and delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from the 21 local government areas of the state in Yola on Tuesday.
The former presidential aide said that the presidency and the PDP national leadership had no intention of imposing any candidate on the people of the state, adding that what the party wants to see is the emergence of the peoples’ choice.
Also speaking at the occasion, the director general of his campaign organisation, Lynn Nathan, who is the former deputy governor of the state, said that among the aspirants who had already indicated interest in the seat under the umbrella of the PDP, Gulak remains the most qualified and urged the delegates to endorse him.
Many of the delegates and coordinators who spoke at the occasion said they would work for Gulak emergence at the party primaries.
As preparations for the election gather momentum, the acting governor of the state, Ahmadu Fintiri, may also jostling for a more permanent stay on the seat as his posters have surfaces in strategic locations, particularly in Yola, the state capital.
However, in a press release signed by his chief press secretary, Fintiri denied links to the posters and cautioned those responsible for using his portraits in such an unauthorized manner to desist from such action which he said can heat up the political temperature of the state.
“In as much as His Excellency appreciates the goodwill gesture, using the acting governor’s unofficial portraits in such an unauthorised manner is not welcome, as it could easily send the wrong signal or create anxiety among the populace,” read the statement.