As predicted by political analysts, the governorship primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held in states across the country were characterised by gunfire, parallel elections, protests and walkouts staged by some of the dissatisfied candidates.
Many of the governorship primaries started late in the day, with many of them lasting well into the night. Serving governors, Ramallan Yero of Kaduna State and his Gombe State counterpart Ibrahim Dankwabbo got the PDP ticket to contest for a second term in office.
In many states, anointed candidate of the incumbent governor emerged the flag bearer of the party to the disapproval of other opponents.
While in Rivers, former minister of education Nyesom Wike, perceived as the anointed aspirant of President Goodluck Jonathan, picked the ticket of the party, in Akwa Ibom, the governor’s candidate, Emmanuel Udom, emerged the candidate of the party. It was a similar case in Niger State where the governor’s chief of staff, Umar Nasko, was elected to contest the governorship election.
Similarly, the chief of staff to Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, scaled through the primary, while in Enugu, four candidates in four factional primaries were elected to fly the party’s gubernatorial flag in 2015.
In Katsina State, eight out of the nine aspirants staged a walkout from the election venue, while Akwa Ibom and Rivers states witnessed a boycott of the exercise by other candidates who described the exercise as “charade”.
Rivers State: Nyesom Wike
Wike emerged the PDP governorship candidate in Rivers State, polling 1,083 votes to beat his closest rival, Hon. Dumbari Ben-Dimkpa, who got 21 votes.
The PDP governorship primary, supervised by the chairman of the party gubernatorial election panel for Rivers State, Hon. Etifa Bekeakpo, was held amidst tight security.
Wike, and Ben-Dimkpa as well as three other governorship aspirants, including Hon. Ibinabo Michael-West, who scored three votes, and Senator Lee Maeba and Mr. Emmanuel Georgewill, who scored one vote each, participated in the primary, but 16 other aspirants stayed away from the exercise.
Niger State: Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko
Former Chief of Staff Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko clinched the governorship ticket, polling 908 votes to beat eight other challengers among them the Niger State deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto who scored 34 votes. Former Minister of Commerce, Mustapha Bello, scored 11 votes like Alhaji Sahabi Danrangi, while Engineer Hannafi Sudan returned 57 votes.
Alhaji Dukku and former Kano State governor Aminu Isa Kontagora did not get any vote.
However, the aspirants, in a joint press conference addressed by Mustapha Bello, rejected the election, saying it was full of aberrations.
Kaduna State: Gov Mukhtar Ramalan Yero
Incumbent governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero garnered 970 votes to beat Senator Zego Aziz who got only one vote: his own. Yero will contest the governorship poll on the PDP stable.
The returning officer and Chairman of the Kaduna State Electoral committee Dr Steve Oru, before the commencement of the election, read a letter from three other aspirants who said they had withdrawn from the contest. They include Samaila Yakawada, Air Commodore Ajeye and the former minister of aviation Hassan Hyet.
Abia State: Winner Dr Okezie Ikpeazu
Dr Okezie Ikpeazu was declared winner of the Abia State PDP governorship primary. He scored 487 votes to defeat seven other contestants including the former Minister of Labour and Productivity Chief Emeka Wogu who scored 33 votes to come third. Oil magnet and owner of Masters Energy Ltd, Dr Uche Ogah, came second with 103 votes.
The other contestants, Mr Friday Nwosu and former deputy governor of the state Chief Acho Nwakanma polled five votes each, while Mr Okey Emuchay and Chief Mac Wabara got three votes apiece and as chief Okezie Orji scored one vote.
Oyo State: Senator Teslim Folarin
Former Senate Leader Teslim Folarin defeated other aspirants to win the Oyo State gubernatorial ticket. Six governorship aspirants, including former state governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, Engineer Seyi Makinde, Femi Babalola Kehinde Olaosebikan, former deputy governor Taofeek Arapaja and Dr Babalola Owolabi shunned the primaries.
The presiding officer, Abba Aji disclosed that Folarin polled 167 votes to beat other nine contestants. According to him, there were 211 votes, 14 invalid votes and 198 valid votes.
The governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State was yesterday held under tight security. The 208 delegates, it was gathered, were given N250,000 each by one of the aspirants and were lodged in an hotel for three days.
Two of the governorship aspirants, Senator Ayo Adeseun and Professor Taoheed Adedoja left the venue at the middle of the exercise.
The personal aspirant to Seyi Makinde, Akeem Azeez told LEADERSHIP that his principal would not take part in the primary because it was illegal and unconstitutional, as it contradicted the ruling of an Abuja High Court.
He argued that using the statutory delegates for the primary was against the PDP Electoral Guidelines and Electoral Act (as amended).
Enugu State: 4 Candidates Emerge
No fewer than four PDP gubernatorial candidates emerged in Enugu State as parallel primaries took place in different parts of Enugu, the state capital yesterday.
Senator Ayogu Eze was elected in one of the primaries conducted in Filbon Hotel premises, New Haven, Enugu.
While a total of 672 delegates were accredited for the primaries, the Returning Officer, Prince Obi Nkwonta, announced that Eze polled 526 votes to beat his closest rival Mr. Chinedu Onu, who scored 31 votes. Eleven votes were declared invalid.
Meanwhile, the PDP Election Committee, led by King Asara Asara, held another gubernatorial primary at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, where by press time yesterday Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was coasting to victory.
LEADERSHIP gathered that Dr. Sam Maduka Onyishi, and Professor Onyeke Onyeke held their own primaries at different locations in the state capital.
It was gathered that trouble started yesterday morning when during a meeting with the aspirants, at Allen Hotel, off Nza Street, Independence Layout, Enugu, Asara produced a delegates list which Senator Eze, Onu and Onyishi described as fake, and vowed not to submit themselves to any governorship primaries whose delegates list is bogus.
Asara told the aspirants that their duty was to conduct the governorship primaries in the state, saying that the list was given to the committee by the PDP national secretariat, Abuja.
Adamawa State: Nuhu Ribadu
Former EFCC chairman Malam Nuhu Ribadu emerged the PDP governorship candidate for Adamawa State, polling 688 votes to beat Marcus Gundiri, 33 votes, and Auwal Tukur (son of former PDP chairman Bamanga Tukur), 24 votes.
Former chairman of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Mohammed Modibbo scored 30 votes while the incumbent governor Bala James Nggilari got 26 votes. However, Nggilari and some other aspirants were conspicuously absent from the contest.
Akwa Ibom State: Udom Emmanuel
Apart from Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, Governor Akpabio preferred candidate, all other aspirants for the 2015 governorship race in Akwa Ibom State boycotted the delegates’ poll to choose the party’s candidate for the election next year.
All 23 aspirants including Nsima Ekere, Patrick Ekpotu, Helen Esuene, Effiong Abia, Ekpenyong Ntekim, Effiong Usin, Peter Esuh, Larry Esin, Benjamin Okoko, Asuquo Okpo, Mike Sebastian, Assam Assam, Chris Abasi-eyo, Samuel Udonsak and others staged a walkout, citing irregularities and lack of transparency in the conduct of the exercise.
Speaking to journalists before they stormed out of the Uyo International stadium, venue of the contest, Chief Assam Assam (SAN), alleged that Akpabio employed fake delegates’ list to conduct the poll, disclosing that the list was not made available for agents of each aspirant to vet and ascertain those listed to vote in the contest.
Katsina State: Engr Musa Nashuni
Engr Musa Nashuni, the anointed candidate of Governor Ibrahim Shema, has clinched the ticket, polling 1,309 votes to defeat eight other candidates at the party’s primary election, which held at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Katsina yesterday.
The results indicated that Senator Ibrahim Ida got 16 votes, Ahmed Aminu polled four votes, Tukur Jikamshi got seven votes while Engr Kabir Barkiya and Abdullahi Umar Tsauri polled two votes each.
Three other aspirants, Nasiru Chakis, Nura Khalil and Gide Yaradua, got zero votes each.
Our correspondent reports that Nashuni emerged winner despite a walkout staged by the eight out of the nine aspirants shortly after Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema cast his vote at about 3pm.
Ebonyi State: Chief Dave Umahi
The Ebonyi State deputy governor and former PDP chairman in the Chief Dave Umahi emerged the governorship candidate of the party, polling 541 votes to defeat his closest rival Senator Igwe Nwagu (PDP, Ebonyi Central) who polled 15 votes.
Meanwhile, supporters of Governor Martin Elechi, the leadership of the party in the state and the mainstream members of the party, according to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Dr. Onyekachi Eni, did not participate in the election following the court injunction asking INEC not to recognise any primary conducted by Chief Joseph Onwe.
The former minister of health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu was said to have boycotted the election following the court injunction.
LEADERSHIP also gathered that some of the delegates who are loyal to one of the aspirants received a sum of N50,000 each while other aspirants gave between N10, 000 to N5000 to each of their delegates. The total number of delegates accredited by the committee stands at 592.
Jigawa State: Malam Aminu Ibrahim Ringim
The chief of staff to Jigawa State governor Malam Aminu Ibrahim Ringim emerged the PDO governorship flag bearer. He was unopposed after two other contestant cleared by the party withdrew from the race few minutes to its commencement.
Those withdrawn from the contest were former state commissioner of Land Architect Aminu Kane and former member of the National Assembly Hon Abba Anas.
Cross River State: Senator Ben Ayade
Vice chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Ben Ayade, yesterday emerged as the PDP governorship candidate in Cross River after scoring 752 votes to defeat his Mr. Goddy Jedy Agba and Mr. Francis Eworo with five votes each.
Prior to the election proper, four out of the10 aspirants shortlisted for the exercise, led by Mr. Fidelis Ugbo, withdrew from the race to support Ayade.
Ayade, a serving senator representing Cross River North in the Senate, is a professor of microbiology.
Delta: Senator Ifeanyi Okowa
Serving Senator Ifeanyi Okowa representing Delta North senatorial district in the upper chamber of the National Assembly yesterday polled 406 votes to defeat David Edevbie who scored 299 votes
Announcing the results, the returning officer, Mr. Sunday Karimu, declared that Senator Okowa scored 406 votes, David Edevbie , 299 votes ; Victor Ochei, 185 votes ; Charles Elumelu, 50 votes ; Elder Godday Orubebe; 49 votes , and Dr Ngozi Olejeme, 2 votes.
Ogun State: PDP ignores, NWC holds guber primary
…Obasanjo, Daniel absent
The PDP, through its national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, postponed the gubernatorial candidate in Ogun State, but the state chairman of the party, Engr Bayo Dayo, said he was unaware of any directive, and insisted that the exercise should go ahead.
However, only three aspirants were present at the exercise held at the PDP Oke Mosan secretariat, Kayode Amusan, Segun Adewale and Gboyega Isiaka. At the end of the exercise, Gboyega Nasir was declared the winner having polled 705 to beat, leaving Kayode Amusan, 150 votes, and one vote for Segun Adewale.
On the delegates’ list, were names of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Otunba Gbenga Daniel who were conspicuously absent. The name of former speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Dimeji Bankole, believed to be anointed candidate of the presidency, was not on the list.
Pandemonium at Plateau PDP Guber Primary
There was pandemonium at Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos, venue of the PDP governorship primaries just before the commencement of voting by delegates.
The agents of some aspirants protested that labels bearing each LG names be removed from the ballot boxes. They explained that some local delegates are under threat from the state government that if they
did not vote for the anointed aspirant alongside their LG chairmen. At the time of filing the report, voting was yet to commence as there was confusion everywhere.
Lagos State: Jimi Agbaje
A pharmacist, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has defeated former Minister of State for Defence, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro, to clinch the Lagos State PDP governorship ticket for 2015. Agbaje scored 432 votes while Obanikoro received 343 votes.
Hoodlums cause violence
…aspirant wears bullet proof vest to venue
The PDP governorship primaries in Lagos witnessed violence as hoodlums in their hundreds stormed the Oregun, Ikeja, venue of the exercise, with security personnel, including policemen having a hectic time warding them off.
The police had to fire several canisters of tear gas, resulting in a stampede.
An aspirant, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, caused a stir when he appeared at the party’s governorship primary in a bulletproof vest, which according to him, was to protect him from stray bullets following the violence that erupted earlier in the day.
Imo State: Emeka Ihedioha
Deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha, has won the PDP governorship primary conducted in Imo State yesterday.
Ihedioha got 346 votes to beat his closest rival, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume who polled 336 votes. Former state governor Ihedi Ohakim came third with 213 votes. A total of 1,064 delegates were accredited for the election and 1,017 delegates voted.
Nasarawa State: Yusuf Agabi
A retired federal civil servant, Dr. Yusuf Agabi, has emerged winner of the PDP governorship primary in Nasarawa State as he defeated the former minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, Senator Solomon Ewuga and six other contestants.
Agabi polled 214 votes, his closest opponent Maku got 160 votes, former governor Aliyu Akwe Doma had 129 votes while initial favourite Sen. Ewuga got 31.
Former deputy governor Chief John Abdul scored 28 votes while former Zamfara State military administrator Col. Jibrin Bala Yakubu got four votes.
In a related development, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu has defeated Gen. Ahmed Aboki to clinch APC senatorial ticket for the Nasarawa West senatorial zone.