For the first time since 1998, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is facing massive crises over the choice of its governorship candidates in 29 of the 36 states.
The development forced the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party into a long meeting yesterday.
Earlier on Saturday night, President Goodluck Jonathan, was solving intra-party wranglings on governorship primaries till 12.30am.
The party is worried about seemingly vicious battles for its tickets in at least 17 states.
The states are: Adamawa, Lagos, Bauchi, Imo, Abia, Delta, Ebonyi, Rivers, Cross River, Oyo, Ogun, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Enugu and Kwara.
The crises became more complex following President Jonathan’s reported failure to allow the outgoing governors pick their successors – in line with the pact he reached with them at the Presidential Villa to get his adoption for a second term. Topping the senators who got their ticket to recontest are Senate President David Mark (Benue) and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu). Some of those who also won their tickets are:
Senators Smart Adeyemi (Kogi), Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Danladi Sankara (Jigawa) and Enyinaya Abaribe (Abia), among others.
New entrants in the race are Ben Murray Bruce (Bayelsa), Chris Uba (Anambra), Ighoyota Amori (Delta), Buruji Kashamu (Ogun)and Sam Egwu (Ebonyi)
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) also elected yesterday its senatorial standard bearers in Anambra – the only state the party controls.
Party chair Victor Umeh and former Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Executive Chairman Ernest Ndukwe won the ticket.
Major candidates who picked the APC House of Representatives tickets are Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila (Lagos), House spokesman Zakari Mohammed (Kwara), Kwara State House of Assembly Speaker Razak Atunwa and former Minister Funke Adedoyin (Kwara).
Ndoma-Egba, seeking a fourth term, was defeated in the Cross River State Central seat by House of Representatives Appropriation Committee chair John Owan-Enoh, who was supported by Governor Liyel Imoke.
Owan-Enoh polled 217 votes as against Ndoma-Egba’s 37 votes. Egbe Mark, with 20 votes, came last.
Former Rep Mao Ohuabunwa polled 103 to win the Abia senatorial seat held by Chukwumerije. At the primary held at Ohafia Local Government secretariat, his rival David Ogba Onuoha won 67 votes while Chukwumereije came a distant third with 21 votes.
Ugbesia, a protégé of PDP Board of Trustees chair Tony Anenih, lost then Edo Central ticket to Clifford Ordia who won 141 votes to the senator’s 61.
Amori floored Aguariavwodo with 237 votes to 46. Others are Solomon Edoja, who scored 41 votes and Chief Kate Erueh, who polled six votes.
Mr. Foster Ogola, with 69 votes, will take Lokpobiri’s seat if he wins the general election.
Murray-Bruce, the chairman of Silverbird, the entertainment outfit, with 138 votes, will take the place of Ikisikpo, who scored zero in the primary.
In Anambra and Ondo states, there were parallel primaries.
The Pro-Governor Olusegun Mimiko group in Ondo State elected
former Senator Bode Olajumoke for North District, incumbent Senator Ayo Akinyelure for Central and Mr. Yele Omogunwa for South.
The old PDP faction elected Dr. Olu Agunloye for North, Olusola Adegbesua for Central and Agboola Ajayi for South Senatorial District.
The old PDP through its newly appointed Publicity Secretary, Gani Mohammed, said they conducted their primaries due to the fact that their own delegates were declared by the court as authentic.
But, Mimiko, who monitored the process in the Central, addressed the party’s electoral panel headed by Adewale Afolabi in Akure, saying the crisis in the party was over.
Senator Usman lost to Dr. John Danjuma Laah who pulled 129 votes as against Nenadi’s 123 votes.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi representing Kaduna North Senatorial zone won the primary unopposed.
In Lagos the PDP picked 2011 governorship candidate Ade Dosunmu for (Lagos Central), Bisi Salis for (East) and Segun Adewale (West).
First lady of Kogi State Mrs Faridah Ijeoma Wada floundered to a third position in the hotly contested House of Representatives ticket for Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency in Imo State.
Senator Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West) won his return ticket. He defeated Tolorunju Faniyi by 216 votes to 77 to retain the PDP ticket
December 8, 2014
PDP NWC Cancels Ogun Governorship Primaries
Says It Is Unauthorized
The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cancelled the conduct of the Governorship Primary election in Ogun state.
For the avoidance of doubt, the NWC hereby states that it did not authorize any governorship primary in Ogun state. Consequently, any such exercise held in Ogun state is hereby declared null and void and of no effect.
A new date will be communicated for the primaries.
National Publicity Secretary.
The Elders Council of the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP may have finally sealed the political coffin of the former Minister of state, Defense, Senator Musliu Obanikoro, as the council has declared that he was not electable and would not be allowed to emerge as the party’s standard bearer.
This was disclosed at a press briefing in Lagos by Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe. The council is headed by Chief Olabode George.
Ogunlewe, a former Minister of works, said the group and Lagosians were quite familiar with the negative image of Obanikoro as well as his records, declaring that “never again, we will never again return to Babylon. Never again will we allow people of doubtful character to rule this state, never again.”
While vowing that Obanikoro would not be picked by delegates at the PDP gubernatorial primaries today to fly the party’s flag in the 2015 poll, Ogunlewe counselled him to “be a game player and not a game spoiler.”
He said that PDP leadership had it on authority that Obanikoro was working for the opposition, adding that the Elders’ Council came about its position on Obanikoro in the interest of the electorate and Lagosians in general.
He said: “We want a candidate Lagosians will believe in, we want a candidate with appropriate pedigree; that would be a professional, very decent, a person that will not be controversial, that will be cool-headed and would be loved by all citizens.
“We don’t want hooligans again that will be carrying guns and fighting on the streets. We have passed that stage. We must move forward, Lagos is the centre of economic activities.
“We would not vote for him, never. All the leadership have agreed that we would not subject the people of Lagos State to that kind of impunity again, never. Never, because we are thinking of the electorate; and a party that does not think of the electorate is a foolish party.”
Ogunlewe said the party was determined to present a gubernatorial candidate that would be believed by Lagosia
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