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3 Governors, Two Deputy Govs, 15 Big Winners, Losers Of PDP Primaries

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Governor Samuel Ortom

The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) is currently conducting its legislative primary elections across the country.

However, results have started trickling in. As expected, there are winners and losers. In this piece, Daily Trust highlights some of the persons who clinched the tickets and those who suffered setback.

THE WINNERS

ORTOM

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State won the PDP ticket to contest for a seat in the senate. He will fly the PDP flag in the Benue north-west senatorial district election in 2023. Ortom clinched the party’s senatorial ticket unchallenged. He was first elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in 2015 but was re-elected in 2019 on the PDP platform.

DANKWAMBO

A former governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Dankwambo, also won the ticket to represent the PDP in the Gombe North Senatorial District poll in the 2023 elections. Dankwambo emerged the winner of the exercise after Bayero Nafada, a former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, and Hamma Saleh withdrew from the race. He was the governor of Gombe state from 2011 to 2019.

ISHAKU

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State also secured the PDP ticket to contest the Taraba South Senatorial District election. If he wins the election, Ishaku will join the league of governors who moved into the National Assembly at the end of 8 years as Chief Executive Officers of their states.

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NWOKO

Billionaire businessman, Chinedu Nwoko, on Monday emerged as the party’s candidate for Delta North Senatorial District for the 2023 general election. He defeated his opponent, Paul Osaji, a business mogul, in the Senate Primary held in Asaba with 242 votes as against 67 votes polled by his opponent.

Nwoko, also known as Ned, the husband of Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels, is a former member of the House of Representatives. He represented Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency from 1999 to 2003.

Nwoko had in 2019 contested the PDP Senate primary but lost to the incumbent, Peter Nwaoboshi, in a keenly contested election.

BANKY W

A Nigerian celebrity, Mr Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, was declared the winner of the PDP primary for the Eti-Osa constituency House of Representatives ticket in the 2023 general election. He polled 28 out of 31 votes cast by delegates at the primary.

In April, the music star announced on social media that he was once again aiming to represent the people of Eti-Osa Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.

“We must engage with Nigeria where it is, not where we prefer for it to be. In 2019, we planted the seed. In 2023, by the grace of God, and with your support, we will win the seat. The time for just talking is over. It’s time to #TalkAndDo. I hope I can count on you. We move,” he had tweeted.

ABDULLAHI

Despite being in captivity, Sadiq Abdullahi, son of the Convener, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Prof. Ango Abdullahi, emerged winner of the party’s primary election for Sabon Gari (Zaria) Federal constituency, Kaduna State.

The younger Abdullahi, who was among those abducted in the March 28 attack on the Abuja-Kaduna passenger train, is still in captivity contrary to recent reports that he was released by the terrorists.

BANIGO

Deputy Governor of Rivers, Dr Mrs Ipalibo Harry Banigo, won the PDP ticket for the Rivers West Senatorial Primaries election. The Deputy Governor was returned unopposed in the PDP Senatorial primaries election conducted at the Rivers West Senatorial district in Ahoada on Monday. Senator George Thompson Sekibo who is presently representing the district in the Senate, did not contest the primaries.

MANU

Deputy Governor of Taraba, Engr Haruna Manu won the PDP’s ticket for the Taraba Central zone. Reacting to his victory, the deputy governor vowed not to let the people of his senatorial district down if finally given the mandate come 2023.

THE LOSERS

PAT ASADU

Asadu lost his bid to return to the House of Representatives in 2023, for the fifth time. The legislator representing Nsukka/Igboeze south federal constituency of Enugu State was defeated by Vita Abba, who won the contest with 91 votes.

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FRED OBUA

The serving member of House of Representatives representing Ogbia Federal Constituency in Bayelsa State, Mr. Fred Obua, has lost his bid to return to the national assembly for a second tenure as he lost the primaries to the chairman of Ogbia Local Government Area, Ebiyon Marvin Turner.

Turner also defeated the incumbent member representing Ogbia Constituency 1, in the State House of Assembly, Chief Metema Obordor and the immediate past Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson.

NICHOLAS TOFOWOMO

The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial district, Nicholas Tofowomo, suffered a setback in his bid to return to the upper legislative chamber on the PDP platform. He lost his return ticket to the former Ondo State Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi. Ajayi scored 78votes to beat Tofowomo who polled 74votes.

AYO AKINYELURE

A two-term Senator, Ayo Akinyelure, representing Ondo central senatorial district, also lost his seat to Ifedayo Adedipe. In the election held in Akure, the state capital, Akinyelure came second having polled 58 votes behind Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN who scored 82 votes.

Mathew Uroghide

Senator Matthew Urhoghide, lawmaker representing Edo South Senatorial district, lost the 2023 ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to Mathew Iduoriyekemwen, a former member of the House of Representatives. The two-term senator lost the election on Monday.

FRANCIS OTTAH AGBO

Francis Ottah Agbo who represents Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo of Benue State constituency in the House of Representatives lost his bid to clinch PDP’s tickets in the primary elections of the party held on Sunday. Agbo lost to a female lawyer, Aida Ogwuche, who polled 71 votes against Agbo’s 35

PAM SOKPO

Pam Sokpo who represents Buruku constituency of Benue State in the House of Representatives also lost his bid to clinch PDP’s tickets in the primary elections of the party. He was defeated by Terkaa Agba Terkaa.

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Lady offers to donate kidney to Ekweremmadu’s daughter

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A lady identified as Martha Uche has offered to donate her kidney to Sonia, daughter of Ike Ekweremmadu, former deputy senate president.

Ekweremadu and his wife, Beatrice, were arrested and charged to court for allegedly bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.

The couple were subsequently remanded in custody in the UK while investigations are ongoing.

In a video making the rounds online, Martha said she had a dream where she was instructed to save Sonia’s life.

She said, “I want to do that because I need to help the girl, she is dying. They have already showed me in my dream that I should help the girl.

“I’ve already seen her a long time ago. Even this morning I still had the same dream so I need to do it fast.”

When asked what her demands were for offering to donate her kidney, Martha said, “I do not have any demands for now. I just need to save the girl’s life; that is the most important thing for now.”

The former deputy senate president had written to the UK high commission to support a visa application of a “donor” listed as Ukpo Nwamini David.

In the letter, Ekweremadu said Ukpo was undergoing “medical investigations for a kidney donation to Ms Sonia Ekweremadu”.

Although the police had said the donor was 15, data from his international passport indicate that he is 21 years old.

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Attackers bomb police station in Kogi, kill inspector

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A police inspector has been killed by gunmen in an attack on a police station in Kogi.

The attack was on the Eika-Ohizenyi area of Okehi LGA, Kogi State.

The gunmen were said to have attacked the station with explosives in the early hours of Friday.

The Kogi police spokesperson, William Aya, confirmed the attack in a statement.

He stated that Edward Egbuka, Kogi police commissioner, had visited the scene of the incident, adding that more operational assets had been deployed in the area.

“Meanwhile, part of the area command office was razed by dynamite used by the attackers,” the police spokesperson said.

“Sadly, a police inspector died in the exchange of fire with the hoodlums, before the area commander and a detachment of military in the area reinforced the scene of the incident and the attackers fled.”

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has directed the deployment of security personnel in the area.

A statement by the state Commissioner of Information, Kingsley Fanwo, said, “The executive governor of Kogi State has directed the office of the state security adviser to mobilize adequate security personnel and equipment to the affected area to ensure watertight security and restore confidence in the citizens as the state government implements an effective action plan to avert reoccurrence, while also working closely with the security chiefs in the state as well as the people in the affected area.

“We wish to appeal to residents of Okehi to cooperate with security agencies as necessary measures will be put in place to curb violent crimes in the area and also flush out the criminal elements bent on denting the security credentials of our dear state which is comparatively the safest in the country today.

“All the broadcast stations of the state have been directed to publicise the curfew for public enlightenment.”

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INEC Gives Atiku, Tinubu, Others One Week To Present Running Mates

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INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has asked the presidential and governorship candidates of the 18 registered political parties to pick and submit the lists of their running mates in the next eight days.

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, said this on Thursday in Abuja at a meeting with the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

This means that the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and others have about a week more to nominate their vice presidential candidates to the commission.

According to him, while the conventions and primaries of candidates by political parties for the 2023 general elections end on Thursday, the nomination of the candidates and their running mates commenced on Friday and ends a week later.

“For the next one week from tomorrow, 10th June, all political parties are required to submit their list of candidates for national elections (presidential/vice presidential, senatorial and house of representatives) latest by Friday, 17th June.

“For state elections (governorship/deputy governorship and state houses of assembly), the list of candidates shall be uploaded from 1st to 15th July as already provided in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Election already released by the Commission,” Yakubu said.

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He also said that all political parties are required to upload the details of their candidates for each constituency to the INEC Candidate Nomination Portal (ICNP).

The INEC boss said that to achieve this objective, four officials recommended by each of the 18 political parties were trained in the procedure for uploading the nomination forms to the dedicated web portal.

“Confidential Access Codes to the portal have already been given to each Political Party to facilitate the uploading of its nominations.

“For emphasis, the commission wishes to remind Political Parties that only the names of candidates that emerged from democratic primaries as provided by Sec. 84 of the Electoral Act 2022 shall be submitted to the commission,” he said.

He added that the list of all presidential and governorship candidates must be accompanied by the names of their running mates (that is vice presidential and deputy governorship candidates) without which the nomination is invalid, warning that all nominations must be uploaded to the portal on/or before the deadlines.

He said, “All nominations must be uploaded to the portal on/or before the deadlines. The portal will automatically shut down at 6.00pm (1800hrs) on Friday, 17th June 2022 for national elections and 6.00pm (1800hrs) on Friday 15th July 2022 for state elections.

“With this innovation, the commission has eliminated the physical interface between party officials and INEC staff for the purpose of submitting the list of candidates for the 2023 general election.”

Yakubu said that a nomination centre has been set up at the commission’s headquarters to receive and process all nominations by political parties, including dedicated telephone lines to serve as help desk for any party that may need assistance.

Journalists later visited the nomination centre, where the INEC boss said that each of the 18 registered political parties were expected to submit 1,520 nominees or 27,360 total for all the parties.

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