Nuhu Ribadu, former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, picked the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for Adamawa State. Ribadu defeated the incumbent Governor James Bala Ngilari at the primary election held at the Old Parade Ground, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The primaries was shifted to Abuja following accusations of harassment, unlawful detention and manipulations by the PDP Electoral Panel against Governor Ngilari in previous primary elections in the state. The panel members alleged they were detained in the Government House and coerced to announce only the aspirants favoured by the governor.
Ngilari’s supporters had sometime accused the party leadership under Adamu Muazu and a senior presidential aide from the state of scheming to foist Ribadu on the party and promoting a Fulani agenda. A group, the Adamawa Collectives at a recent press conference accused the party leaders of arm-twisting Ngilari to drop his desire to contest, in their bid to achieve a pre-determined goal. They said the former Governor Murtala Nyako, who was removed by the House of Assembly, was a Fulani, like Ribadu, Muazu and Tukur, thereby panning into reality that they were promoting the ethnic supremacy in the state’s politics.