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PDP primaries nationwide reactions

Published by Tribune on Wed, 10 Dec 2014

Obanikoro challenges suit questioning eligibility Ayomide Owonibi-Odekanyin - LagosA Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed January 14 to hear a suit instituted against Obanikoro by three members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging his eligibility to contest on the platform of any party in Nigeria.It will be recalled that three members of the party in Lagos State, Michael Ogun, Suleima Saheed and Wasiu Odusan, had filed an originating summons against Obanikoro, accusing him of having dual citizenship which they averred contravenes INEC's guidelines.The applicants, in their originating summons before Justice Kazeem Alogba, was supported with five exhibits among which is an American passport claimed as belonging to Obanikoro but obtained under a different name.They also exhibited an international passport claimed to belong to Obanikoro but alleged to carry a false age.Joined as respondents in the suit were: Obanikoro, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the PDP.When the matter came up for hearing, on Tuesday, counsel to the applicants, Wahab Shittu, told the court that all the respondents had been served with the originating summons. He also added that the 3rd respondent had given them a notice of preliminary objection.'The 3rd respondent has filed a notice of preliminary objection to the originating summons. We tend to reply to all these applications as they come,' Wahab told the court.However, counsel to the 1st respondent, Gbenga Ojo, told the court that in the light of what happened in the PDP primaries on Monday, the suit does not hold much water.'In view of what happened in the PDP primaries where the 1at respondent lost the elections, the matter has become an academic exercise and would not serve any purpose.'Wahab Shittu, in a swift reply, however, pointed out that the respondents were not taking the matter seriously, adding that the major reliefs sought by the applicants should be dealt with expeditiously.Senate Leader demands cancellation of senatorial primaries in C/River Taiwo Adisa - abujaSenate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, has demanded the cancellation of the senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) conducted in Cross River central senatorial district.Senator Ndoma-Egba, in a letter of appeal addressed to the PDP Electoral Appeal Panel, dated December 8, said that the primary failed to follow the guidelines of the PDP for the election.He stated that the primaries was fraught with irregularities and blatant flouting of the electoral laws, adding that the delegates list was not made available.Senator Ndoma-Egba said: 'the exercise was fundamentally and fatally flawed as it fell short of the minimum integrity for an electoral process. The exercise was in complete disregard of the PDP's guidelines for primaries in the following: the delegates list; accreditation, violent atmosphere, non-display of sensitive materials and non delegates voting.He further said: 'given these, I totally rejected the outcome of the purported primaries for the Cross River Central Senatorial District held on Sunday 7, December 2014 in Ikom, therefore pray this distinguished panel to cancel the primaries.'I trust you to give this appeal your dispassionate consideration in the interest of justice, the sanctity of the electoral process and our democracy.'In another letter, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Cross Rivers State, Mr Mike Igini, has also kicked against the primaries, saying that it was 'far below the standards of 2011 and this is not encouraging.'The list of delegates used for the primaries was not made public. This was imperative as two lists were in circulation.'The Senate Leader said that the accreditation process was also faulty, adding that the Chairman of Etung Local Government Council, Dr Inok Ebak; the Chairman of PDP, Etung Chapter, Chris Mbu Ogar, Colonel P. A. MOgar and other unidentified Etung indigenes hijacked the whole accreditation process.25 injured as youths protest alleged rigging of AIbom gov primaries Udeme Utip - UyoAT least, 25 persons were reportedly injured on Monday as angry supporters went on a protest march along the streets of Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom State capital, to protest alleged irregularities in the just concluded governorship primaries manipulated in favour of Udom Gabriel.Nigerian Tribune reported that 22 of the 25 governorship aspirants angrily withdrew from the race just as Bishop Samuel Akpan and Obong Umana Okon Umana defected to the Accord Party and the All Progressives Congress respectively, leaving only Udom in the contest.They alleged that the processes leading to the primaries were fraught with widespread irregularities.Angry supporters of the protesting aspirants stormed Uyo International Stadium, venue of the event, in solidarity with the aggrieved aspirants who reconvened at the Ewet Housing Home of Obong Nsima Ekere, one of the aspirants.My administration will make Ogun a model state 'Isiaka Olayinka Olukoya - AbeokutaThe gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, has promised that his administration, if voted into power in the 2015 general election, will make the state a model for other states in the federation.Isiaka, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, on Tuesday, said his administration would conduct governance with vision, passion, equity and integrity.He maintained that his government would align the systems and processes that would make life meaningful to the entire citizenry.The statement said, 'My main agenda is to align our systems and processes to that of a modern state where things work for the benefit of all. I will conduct governance with vision, passion, equity and integrity. I believe my path in life has prepared me for this moment. I have what it takes to make life more meaningful for our people.'As we move to the next level, I seek everybody's support, trust and votes on February 28, 2015. Let us not be despaired by the disappointments, dashed hopes, failed promises and pains of the present regime in Ogun State.'I will be a listener. I will not inflict pain on our citizens. Our policies will have human face. I will consult with all layers of the party always. I will run an efficient and open-door administration and I will utilise the resources of our state judiciously.'My word will always be my bond and I want to be held by it. Above all, I will serve my conscience knowing every man is accountable to God. I believe together we can make Ogun a model state of our dreams. Together we can do it because I am a symbol of the new model of leadership predicated on capacity, competence, character and vision.'siaka urged his co-contestants to support his aspiration, describing his election during the party primaries as a collective aspiration in ensuring the 'Amosun Must Go' project becomes a reality.PDP faults INEC over Ekiti North II primaries Sam Nwaoko - Ado-EkitiThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its (INEC's) rejection of the House of Representatives' primaries conducted by the party in Ekiti North Federal Constituency II.According to the party, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the 'INEC as an observer has no right under the Electoral Act to reject results of duly conducted primaries,' and added that 'primaries are purely an internal affairs of political parties.'The statement signed by the secretary of the party, Dr Tope Aluko, said 'Chief Thaddeus Aina won the primaries held on Sunday, defeating other aspirants.'The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Ekiti, Alhaji Halilu Pai, had said through a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the commission, Alhaji Taiwo Gbadegesin, that INEC would not recognise the primaries, claiming that 'there was no evidence that the primaries took place as the commission did not witness it.'Aluko, however, insisted that 'the primary election took place in accordance with all extant rules and the candidate emerged,' and added that 'in accordance with our party rules guiding conduct of primaries, Chief Thaddeus Aina emerged as the House of Representatives candidate and that remains valid.'Oyo PDP primaries, a charade 'Makinde By Nurudeen AlimiA governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has described the party's primaries held on Monday that produced Senator Teslim Folarin as the candidate of the party for the 2015 governorship election, as charade.Makinde, while addressing journalists in Ibadan, noted that: 'the process by which some group of people within the party decided to circumvent the court judgment by using statutory delegates instead of ad-hoc delegates to conduct the primaries is also a breach of the party's electoral guideline. Consequently, it is a breach of the electoral act (2010).'I am a law-abiding citizen of this country and a law-abiding member of the party and I also believe PDP is a law-abiding party. I am very sure President Jonathan, as the leader of the party, will not lend his name to the charade in the name of a PDP party primaries. As far as the law is concerned, PDP is yet to elect its candidate for the 2015 governorship election in Oyo State,' he said.In a court order signed by Justice E.S Chukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja on December 5, 2014 and obtained by the Nigerian Tribune, the court noted:'An order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants (Peoples Democratic Party) PDP National Legal Adviser, PDP National Organising Secretary, Chairman Electoral Committee PDP in Oyo State, Secretary Electoral Committee PDP in Oyo State, Independent National Electoral Commission), their agents, servants, etc, from using any other delegates other than those who emerged victorious at the ward delegates congresses conducted in all the 351 wards in Oyo State and whose names appear on exhibit G of the supporting affidavit as voters during the PDP primary elections for the selection of candidates for elections into the offices of the State House of Assembly, National Assembly and Governor of Oyo State.'Adamawa delegates to shun National Convention Kabeer Gwangwazo - YolaAdamawa State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders and aspirants of all cadres in the state have, on Tuesday, threatened to boycott tomorrow's party convention, alleging that the national leadership of the party imposed unpopular candidates, 'against the wish of the people.'The position of the stakeholders was made known on Tuesday during a press conference.'It is our collective view that anything short of cancellation of kangaroo primaries by the NWC of our party will leave us with no option but to follow the views of the entire great majority of the people of Adamawa State.'We, therefore, resolve to abstain from the National Convention of the party scheduled for tomorrow,' said Chief Joel Madaki, suspended state chairman of the party.'But unfortunately, in the case of Adamawa State, all the delegates and aspirants were in Yola without any communication either from INEC or the party, while a purported election was said to have taken place in Abuja,' he fumed.Kwara gov aspirants call for fresh primaries Biola Azeez - IlorinEleven out of the 12 registered governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State, under the aegis of Kwara PDP Governorship Aspirants' Forum, have called for fresh governorship primaries in the state between December 10 and 11, 2014.It will be recalled that the PDP governorship primaries was inconclusive as fight broke out among delegates at the voting centre of the election at about 9:30p.m. on Monday over disagreement on delegates list.Addressing journalists in Ilorin, on Tuesday, chairman of the forum, Senator Simeon Sule Ajibola, said that primaries never took place in the state 'despite peaceful atmosphere.'All the 11 governorship aspirants in the group that attended the press conference included Senator Simeon Ajibola, Senator Suleiman Ajadi, Professor Oba Abdulraheem, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Lawal, Honourable Bio Ibrahim, Mr Sunday Babalola, Mr Kale Belgore, Alhaji Abdullahi Sanusi, Mr Jani Ibrahim, and Deacon John Dara.The group, which said it still kept faith with the party and believed that the party had all it takes to win the general election, added that it would resist and collectively fight any attempt to impose any aspirant as the flag-bearer of the party without free, fair and transparent primaries.The governorship aspirants, who blamed the Monday's botched primaries on trio of the minister for National Planning, Sulaiman Abubakar, Hajia Bola Shagaya, and one of the governorship aspirants, Mr Dele Belgore, said that the process began with 'several attempts to undermine it and subvert rules to pave way for rigging the primaries in favour of Dele Belgore.'Senator Ajibola also said that the total number of delegates for the election was 709, adding that the number was increased to 1,500 by the leadership of the party.'We observed that over 700 people arrived in several buses escorted by the police attached to the trio of the minister, Bola Shagaya and Dele Belgore, with delegates' accreditation tags just as the process was about to begin. That was when commotion started and the fake delegates started throwing chairs causing mayhem in spite of heavy security presence in the hall,' he said.Speaking on the development, the leader of PDP in the state, who is also the minister for National Planning, Dr Sulaiman Abubakar, described allegations of the forum on doctored delegates' list and issue of fake delegates as baseless.Meanwhile, the allegations of irregularities in Kwara state PDP governorship primaries by 11 out of 12 governorship aspirants levied against one of the aspirants, Mr Dele Belgore, has been described as gang up.A statement by Belgore's media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye, made available to journalists in Ilorin shortly after the press briefing by the other 11 aspirants, said it was the aspirants that conspired to frustrate the botched Monday governorship primaries.Umar alleges plot to impose fresh aspirant as Taraba gov candidate Bola Badmus - LagosALHAJI Garba Umar, on Tuesday, warned against awarding the state gubernatorial ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to a fresh aspirant who did not participate in the party's screening process.Umar said this in a press statement issued by his Campaign Director General, Garba Umar Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation, Ahmed Yusuf, saying that the new aspirant had neither bought a nomination form nor was he screened for the election.He also said that the new aspirant had never declared any interest to contest the gubernatorial election.According to Umar, one retired General is being mentioned as the possible candidate to stand for the governorship election.'Some opportunistic politicians who have foisted their power on the people of the state have dubiously devised a new plan to pick a Muslim governorship candidate from the Southern Senatorial zone on the pretext of satisfying the nebulous agitation for power shift.'He described the plot as not only a slap on the integrity of the state, but a brazen attempt to subvert the democratic right and will of the people.Why I didn't participate in Oyo primaries 'Segelu AN aspirant to the Federal House of representatives in Akinyele/Lagelu Federal Constituency in the 2015 elections, Oladimeji Olayinka Segelu, has stated that he refused to participate in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries purportedly held at the Liberty Stadium because of the subsisting court injunction against the exercise.He also gave violation of electoral guidelines of the party which makes express provision for voting by three elected ad-hoc delegates from each ward, as another reason.Olayinka Segelu said that participating in the primaries would amount to taking part in and encouraging illegality which is against President Goodluck Jonathan's strong commitment to the rule of law.He further said that the purported party primaries just served as avenue to mock democracy, rule of law and the nation's judiciary which he said he would never be part of in his quest to serve his fatherland.He said he is still in the race for 2015 elections.Yuguda's anointed aspirant, Jatau, picks Bauchi gov ticket Saliu Gbadamosi - BauchiTHE seemingly supremacy battle between Bauchi State governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda and the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu'azu, on Tuesday, played out when a one-time speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly and member representing Zaki Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Auwal Jatau, defeated other aspirants to pick the party's governorship ticket in the state.Jatau, who is alleged to be Yuguda's anointed candidate, was before the primaries believed by many people to be a greenhorn among the array of aspirants to the seat, emerged the surprised winner, having polled a total of 368 votes.The Senator representing Bauchi North, Babayo Garba Gamawa scored 116, while his counterpart representing Bauchi South, Adamu Gumba had 20 votes, while former Minister of State for Health, Professor Muhammed Ali Pate and the immediate past Commissioner for Water Resources, Bappah Azare, got 86 and three respectively.Senator Wali wins gov ticket in Sokoto, Shagari, Suleiman protest Nigeria's immediate past ambassador to Morocco and a former Senate Leader, Senator Abdallah Wali, has secured the Sokoto State governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 election.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Wali secured 547 votes to defeat Senator Abubakar Gada who polled 193 votes, and the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari, who got only one vote during the party's primaries, held on Monday.The results was declared on Tuesday morning by the chairman of the five-man electoral panel, Senator Usman Dukku, in spite of protest by Shagari and a former minister, Yusuf Sulaiman, who wanted the panel disbanded.The panel's chairman, however, commended the delegates, elders and other members of the party for their orderliness during the primaries.In his acceptance speech, Wali commended former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, delegates and other members of the party for their support and confidence in him.He promised to give priority to education, welfare of the people and moral rejuvenation of the society among other issues, if elected governor in 2015.NAN reported that Shagari had withdrawn from the race citing irregularities in the build-up to the process and delay in the commencement of the exercise.Shagari presented a protest letter to Dukku calling for the suspension of the election and disbandment of the panel.The deputy governor also called on the national leadership of the party to constitute a new panel to conduct 'free, fair and transparent election with authentic delegates.'In the same vein, Sueiman, a former Minister of Sports, as well as Transport, boycotted the election, saying the exercise had violated several sections of the PDP constitution.No casualty from mayhem at Lagos primaries 'Police THE Police in Lagos State, on Tuesday, said there was no casualty from the mayhem at the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries on Monday.The Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed to the News Agency (NAN) that there was no casualty except for a correspondent of NAN that was slightly injured.He said the police was able to avert trouble from supporters of the different aspirants who tried to disrupt the primaries.Nwosu said that the police had to fire tear gas into the air to disperse the uprising in order to bring the situation under control.According to him, no arrest had been made yet and the supporters of the different aspirants were warned to desist from any form of violence during the elections.Nwosu also assured Lagos residents that the Police Force would continue to strive to protect lives and properties of the people.He added that the state's Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Aderanti, had assured residents of the provision of maximum security during the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention in Lagos.Ogun PDP primaries valid 'Dayo Olayinka Olukoya-AbeokutaOgun State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Bayo Dayo, has said the governorship primaries conducted by the party for the state House of Assembly are valid and authentic.Dayo insisted that there was no iota of truth in some media publications that the party primaries had been nullified by the National Working Committee of the party.The chairman explained that the nullification report was false and misleading, saying that such decision was not taken at any meeting.Dayo contended that the party adhered strictly to the guidelines and timetable as approved by the National Executive Council of the party that produced delegates for the just concluded primaries.'We need to allay the fears of our teeming members, party faithful and supporters who may have read the nulification reports that there is no iota of truth in the report and that all primary congresses held in Ogun State from the House of Assembly to the just concluded gubernatorial primary are valid and authentic.'The nulification report is false and misleading. Our findings at the national headquarters of our party confirmed that there was no National working Committee meeting where such decision was taken.Meanwhle, A former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Dapo Abiodun, has won the Ogun East senatorial ticket on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2015 elections.At an election supervised by the chairman, Ogun East Senatorial Election Committee of the party, Alhaji Fatai Adekunbi, Abiodun polled a total of 2,553 votes to defeat Chief Seyi Oduntan, who scored 456 votes.Also, Prince Gbolahan Dada won the Ogun West ticket with 943 votes having defeated two other aspirants.Shekarau's political godson, Takai, wins in Kano Kola Oyelere-KanoALHAJI Salihu Sagir Takai, a former governorship candidate of the defunct All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) in 2011, has emerged the standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2015 governorship race, defeating two sons of former military heads of state.The two sons of both the late General Sani Abacha and the late General Murtala Muhammed, Alhaji Muhammed Abacha and Alhaji Risqua Murtala Muhammed respectively, were sent parking in a landslide victory recorded by Alhaji Takai, the political godson of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, former Kano State governor and the incumbent Minister of Education.The election was keenly contested by notable personalities, including Dr Akilu Sani Indabawa, Mohammed Sani Abacha, Abba Risqua Murtala, Bello Gwarzo and Mohammed Sagir.Takai, after the primaries, clichd a total number of 1,226, defeating Murtala who was trailing behind with 144 votes, while Mohammed Sagir scored 106 votes, with Gwarzo polling 26 votes and Alhaji Muhammed Abacha left the scene of the election prematurely and did not wait for the conclusion of the primaries.However, Alhaji Takai, who is a loyalist of the education minister, Mallam Shekarau, was widely predicted to have an edge over his rivals due to the overbearing influence of the former governor within the fold of ANPP supporters who defected to the PDP.Going by the unfolding scenario, the son of late General Murtala Muhammed, according to source, might likely be compensated with the post of a running mate which party members believed would go a long way towards consolidating the party's grip on the governorship contest.Despite the landslide victory secured by Alhaji Takai, many PDP supporters loyal to Mohammed Abacha and Dr Akilu Sani Indabawa, who withdrew at the 11th hours, might not be willing to throw their weight behind Takai in the forthcoming governorship election in 2015.Ihedioha becomes PDP standard-bearer in Imo Jow Nwachukwu-OwerriThe Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has won Imo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries by defeating 25 other aspirants that contested for the position.The National Assembly lawmaker, from Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, scored 346 votes to defeat his two close rivals, the former senator, Chief Ifeanyi Ararume, who scored 336 votes, while the immediate past governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, polled 213 votes.Nigerian Tribune monitored the PDP governorship primaries in the state and gathered that out of 1,064 delegates in the state, only 1,017 participated in the voting exercise, while 11 votes were invalid.Reports reaching our news desk from Owerri, Imo State, said the voting started after 6.00p.m and ended 12 midnight, thereby forcing some people to sleep inside Grasshoppers Stadium, Owerri.Speaking briefly to newsmen after he was pronounced the winner, the lawmaker said with the result, PDP would capture Imo State in the 2015 general election.He urged his colleagues, who contested the election with him, to support him to bring the state back to PDP.Also, candidates emerged for National Assembly and House of Representatives seats in the state.In Owerri zone (Imo East senatorial district), Honourable Samuel Anyanwu. Orlu Zone (Imo West senatorial District) Senator Hope Uzodinma, Okigwe zone (Imo North senatorial District) Chief Athan Achonu.Candidates for Ideato Federal Constituency, Honourable Mrs Patricia Udogu. Aboh Mbaise/Ngor Okpala Federal Constituency Honourable Bede Ekeh.Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Federal Constituency Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe. Ohaji Egbema/Oguta/Oru west Federal Constituency Rt. Hon. Goodluck Opiah. Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency Hon. Henry Nwawuba. Owerri Federal Constituency Inconclusive. Okigwe North Federal Constituency Hon. Obinna Onwubuarir. Nkwerre/Nwangele/Isu/Njaba Federal Constituency Hon. Jones Onyereri. Oru East/Orsu/Orlu Federal Constituency Hon. Uche Diala. Okigwe south Federal Constituency Lady Ifenyinwa Blessing Nwaoba.Senator Pwajok wins Plateau gov primaries Isaac Shobayo-JosSENATOR representing the Northern Senatorial District of Plateau State, Senator Gyang Pwajok, has clinched the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket for the 2015 elections with a wide margin of votes.In a very peaceful and transparent primaries conducted at the Rwang Pam township stadium, Senator Gyang scored 432 to defeat other 14 contestants who were present at the stadium.Declaring the results, the chairman of the electoral panel, Mr Abdulahi Ohinoma, said the state deputy governor, Mr Ignatius Longjan, scored 163, Mr John Clark Dabwan, four, Senator Victor Lar 109, Chris Bature, five; Fedelis Tapgun, one; John Alkali, three; Professor Sonny Tyoden,seven; Bitrus Nabasu, 10; Mr Kemi Nshe, 31.He commended the delegates and contestants for the sense of maturity exhibited during the election, adding that the way and manner they conducted themselves depicted that PDP was one big family in Plateau State and charged them to keep up the spirit of unity prevailing among them.Responding Senator Pwajok, who thanked God for maing the primaries, added that his victory at the poll was a victory for the people of Plateau State, especially the delegates who gave him the mandate.'This is a collective project, all Plateau people have a share in this project and in pursuing this project, all Plateau should work at crossing the zoning bridge and surmount all other obstacles. Plateau is destined to be a force to be reckoned within the comity of states in Nigeria but it required the collective efforts of all to achieve this.Maku, Doma, Ewuga lose, as Agabi clinches Nasarawa gov ticket Ademola Adegbite-LafiaDR Yusuf Agabi, Tuesday night, defeated the immediate past Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, alongside the former governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Akwe Doma and Senator Ewuga to clinch the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in the state.The returning officer, Senator Adolphus Wabara, who declared the results at the Guest House of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state, said Dr Agabi polled 214 votes, while his closest opponent, in the keen contest, Mr Maku, got a total of 160 votes.Other contestants, who conceded defeat to Dr Agabi, who is having his first stint in politics, having retired from the federal civil service less than a year ago, included the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Aliyu Doma, who polled 129 votes.Other results include: Senator Ewuga got paltry 31 votes, while the immediate past deputy governor, Chief Michael Abdul scored a total of 28 votes. Colonel Jibrin Yakubu, former Zamfara State military administrator, scored four votes.Musa Husseini earlier withdrew his candidature for Alhaji Doma.Jigawa PDP gov candidate picks state foreign affairs minister as running mate Adamu Amadu-DutseMINISTER of State for Foreign Affairs, who is also the supervising minister of the Ministry Information, Dr Nurudeen Mohammed, has been choosen as running mate to the PDP governorship candidate in Jigawa State.The name of the foreign affairs minister was announced by the party's governorship candidate, Alhaji Aminu Ringim, while speaking shortly after he was declared winner of the party's primariesin the state on Monday, in Dutse.In his acceptance speech after Ringim was elected unopposed as the party's standard-bearer for 2015 general election, he explained that 'the selecting of the minister was after a wide consultation with party stakeholders in the state to pick him to run with him as deputy in the forthcoming general election.'He, therefore, promised to continue with the policies and programmes of his predecessor and assured him of his total loyalty and obedience in his stay in office if voted in.In his remarks, the state governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, said the choice of Ringim and Mohammed were the best for the state.According to Lamido, both of them were well groomed and mentored for leadership and described their emergence as good omen to the state.Nwaoboshi wins in suspended Delta North senatorial primaries Alphonsus Agborh-AsabaThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial primaries for Delta North ended inconclusively on Tuesday, in Asaba, as officials, delegates and journalists scampered for safety.This is the second time the election ran into a hitch, the first being last Sunday when it was postponed without any reason However, an official of the electoral body, Mr Ikpilko Ikpokpo, announced at the primaries on Tuesday that the former chairman of the party in the state, Mr Peter Nwaoboshi, polled 138 votes as against his foremost contender and wife of the former national chairman and member of Board of Trustees (BoT), Mrs Mariam Ali, who got four votes; Paul Oseji 87, with a former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Doris Ugboh, receiving 37 votes.The votes were cast by delegates from seven of the nine local government areas while delegates from Ukwuani and Oshimili South were yet to vote before the election was suspended.Trouble started at about 2.00p.m at the Cenotaph, venue of the exercise, when the returning officer, Mr Rapheal Kuku, announced that, following an order from above, the election should be suspended.
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