The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, on Saturday led other top shots of the party including four former governors and members of the party’s National Working Committee on a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The team arrived at the Pent House residence of the former President located within his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, at about 12:25pm.
Others in the team are the PDP Vice Presidential candidate in 2019 election, Peter Obi, former governors, Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River).
The Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South), Taofeek Arapaja, and other party officials were part of the entourage.
As of the time of the team’s arrival, Obasanjo was not at his residence, as he was attending the interdenominational service for the burial of the late Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu.
He later joined his guests and they went into a closed door session.
Obasanjo, who was twice elected president on PDP platform, renounced his membership of the party, when he fell out with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in the buildup to the 2015 election.
After ordering the chairman of his ward to shred the card to pieces in public, Obasanjo announced that he had quit partisan politics.
Drama As Namadi Sambo’s Son Asks Delegates To Return His Money After Losing PDP Ticket
After securing just two votes at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Kaduna North Federal Constituency of the House of Representatives, Adam Namadi, son of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, has reportedly asked delegates to refund the N2 million each he doled out before the election.
Namadi, who had promised to add N1.5 million to the amount given to each of the delegates, secured the least votes among the three contenders.
The delegates raked in millions of naira from the aspirants who appeared in a hurry to outspend one another.
At the end, Samaila Suleiman, the incumbent representative of the constituency carried the day as he defeated Namadi and Shehu Usman ABG.
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Suleiman, who recently decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP, won with 22 votes against Shehu Usman ABG who polled 14 votes.
Delegates told Daily Trust that Suleiman had distributed between N3.5m and N4m to each delegate while ABG gave out N2.5m in cash and Namadi had distributed N2m to delegates.
However, having lost the contest, both ABG and Namadi demanded an immediate refund.
Suleiman, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties, left the APC following the interest of Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s eldest son in his seat at the green chamber.
APC excludes super delegates from primaries, adjusts timetable again
The ruling All Progressives Congress has again adjusted its timetable and schedule of activities for the governorship, states houses of assembly, Senate and House of Representatives primary elections.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka, said in a statement that the National Working Committee of the APC approved the review at its meeting on Monday.
The statement also ruled out participation by statutory or super delegates, following the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Electoral Act 2022 Amendment Bill, which would have provided roles for this category of delegates.
In the revised timetable, the governorship primary elections would hold on Thursday, May 26 with only state delegates voting.
The primary elections for the state assemblies would hold on the same day, but with local government delegates voting.
The following day, local government delegates would also vote in the senatorial primary elections and so same for the House of Representatives primary elections on 28th May.
APC added, “That the Special Convention for the Presidential Primary will be held as scheduled on Sunday, May 29 – Monday, May 30, 2022.”
Kidnapped train passenger, Ango Abdullahi’s son, wins Kaduna PDP rep ticket
Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, the son of the leader of Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ango Abdullahi, has won the primary for the Sabon Gari federal constituency of Kaduna State despite being in captivity.
Sadiq is one of the 61 persons still being held by terrorists who attacked and abducted passengers of the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28, 2022.
He reportedly won a ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 House of Representatives election.
Announcing the result on Monday morning, Mohammed Shafiu, the returning officer, said Sadiq secured 28 votes to defeat his closest challenger, Malam Abdulhamid, who scored six votes.
Hajiya Mohammed and Paulina Edward, who also contested in the poll, were said to have got no votes.
Shafiu also said 34 delegates were accredited for the exercise, adding that the election was monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other observers.
There are unconfirmed reports that the bandits have released Sadiq but his father, Ango Abdullahi, said Sadiq had yet to be released.
Ango Abdullahi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, expressed hopes that his son would be released soon.
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