The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Screening Appeal Committee has voided the disqualification of the Adamawa State Acting Governor, Umar Fintiri.
Consequently, the panel has given him the clearance to participate in the party’s primary election coming up on September 6.
Briefing journalists shortly after the appeal seating at the PDP national secretariat on Sunday, Chairman of the panel, Senator James Manager, affirmed Fintiri’s qualification to participate in the election.
Manager said the Ibrahim Mantu led screening panel that disqualified the Acting Governor on Saturday committed an error of judgment in arriving at its decision.
The Mantu committee had relied on Section 191 (2) of the Constitution to ease Fintiri out of the race, saying; “Fintiri is not qualified to contest in the primaries because he is not a deputy governor that emerged as acting governor.
“He is a child of circumstance. He is the midwife and should not be the one carrying the pregnancy. He is like a referee who cannot participate in the match”.
But faulting Mantu’s position, Senator Manager said: “We have taken a critical look at the entire gamut of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act and the PDP Constitution before arriving at our decision.
“The prerequisite for qualification to contest the election, as quoted by the Screening Panel, does not in any way affect the rights of the Acting Governor
“On the strength of that, we have decided to issues the Acting Governor a provisional clearance certificate to participate in the primary election.
“This decision is based on the facts on ground and not informed by any primordial sentiments. The outcome of our exercise is a unanimous decision by all members of the committee”.
Fintiri had appealed his disqualification by the Mantu led panel, arguing that the committee erred in its judgment and that the constitutional provision relied upon for his disqualification was misinterpreted.[The Nation]