The governorship primaries of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held in most states on Wednesday and new gubernatorial candidates have emerged for Lagos, Delta, Abia, Jigawa, among other states.
Olajide Adediran, lead visioner of the Lagos4Lagos Movement, has clinched the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state.
Declaring the result of the Lagos primary, Emmanuel Ogidi, chairman of the Lagos PDP electoral committee/returning officer, said Adediran — better known as Jandor — scored 679 votes to defeat David Vaughan, who polled 20 votes.
Ogidi said 775 ad hoc delegates were scheduled to participate in the primary, but 709 were accredited.
“The total number of accredited voters is 709, and Olajide Adediran got 679 votes, David Kolawole Vaughan had 20, and we had 10 voided votes,” he said.
“Having satisfied all the requirements in our guidelines, I want to announce Dr Olajide Adediran as our candidate after scoring the highest votes of 679.
“He is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”
Four contestants — including Olanrewaju Jim-Kamal, Adedeji Doherty, Ade Dosunmu and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour — withdrew from the race before the commencement of the exercise.
The Lagos4Lagos movement — a group comprised mainly of All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters — was officially welcomed to the PDP in January 2022.
FORMER ABSU VC WINS IN ABIA
Uche Ikonne, former vice-chancellor of the Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, won the PDP primary in the state.
He polled 468 votes to defeat five other contestants.
Lucky Igbokwe came a distant second with 45 votes, while the only female contestant, Ngozi Merenge, scored five votes.
Ude Oko-Chukwu, Abia deputy governor; as well as Enyinnaya Abaribe and Emma Nwaka – both senators — had earlier announced their withdrawal from the race.
SULE LAMIDO’S SON WINS
Mustafa Lamido, son of Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, was elected as the state’s PDP governorship candidate.
Isah Ahmed, the returning officer, said Mustafa scored 829 out of the 832 votes cast during the primary, while Saleh Shehu had no vote.
Adamu Bashir, one of the aspirants, announced his withdrawal a few hours before the commencement of the primary.
BARDE SECURES TICKET FOR GOMBE
In Gombe state, Mike Oghiadomhe, the returning officer, declared Jibrin Barde as the winner of the governorship primary.
Oghiadomhe said Barde got 160 votes to defeat five other aspirants — Jamil Gwamna (119 votes), Ali Gombe (17), Adamu Suleiman (18), Gimba Ya’u (one), and Babayo Ardo (13).
Barde, who was also an aspirant in the 2019 governorship primary, decamped to the PDP in February 2021.
FORMER LAWMAKER WINS NASARAWA TICKET
David Ombugadu, a former member of the house of representatives, won the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP in Nasarawa state.
Bature Musa, the chairman of the party’s electoral committee in the state, said Ombugadu polled 247 votes to defeat Nuhu Angbazo, who scored 203 votes.
“Having secured a total of 247, I thereby declare honourable David Ombugadu the winner of the Nasarawa state governorship primary election,” he said.
JAJARI WINS IN BORNO
Mohammed Jajari was elected as the governorship candidate of the PDP in Borno state.
He polled 487 votes to defeat Mohammed Imam, who secured 362 votes.
Announcing the results, Abdulrahman Bobboi, chairman of the governorship primary committee for Borno, said a total of 849 votes were cast.
EXERCISE POSTPONED IN NIGER
Meanwhile, in Niger state, the PDP primary was postponed till Thursday following protests by four of the five aspirants.
The aspirants — Sani Kutigi, Sidi Abdul, Abdulrahman Gimba and Abubakar Jankara — insisted that delegates must identify themselves properly before they could be accredited.
A total of 800 delegates are expected to elect the party’s governorship candidate.
Jankara, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, said the decision was conveyed to Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, chairman of the electoral panel and deputy governor of Bayelsa.
The aspirants insisted that delegates must present a means of identification, which should be a national driver’s licence, a national identity card or an international passport.
Efforts by Ewhrudjakpo to get the aspirants to agree that the delegates be identified by the chairpersons of their respective local governments failed.
The Niger PDP electoral committee chairman later informed journalists that he had directed the delegates to get means of identification.
MOHAMMED ABACHA WINS IN KANO
Mohammed Abacha, son of the late head of state Sani Abacha, won the parallel primary election in Kano.
Amina Garba, the returning officer, declared Abacha the winner after polling 736 votes to defeat Jafar Sani-Bello, who scored 710 votes.
Meanwhile, another parallel primary is ongoing at the Sani Abacha Youth Centre.
ISAH ASHIRU CLINCHES KADUNA
Isah Ashiru has again picked the governorship ticket of Kaduna state.
A former state and federal lawmaker, Ashiru was the party’s candidate in 2019.
He polled 414 votes to defeat his close opponent, Sani Sidi, a former director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) who scored 260 votes.
Ramalan Yero, a former governor of the state, scored 28 votes, Sani Abbas had 15, Haruna Saeed, a former accountant general in the state, got 11 while Senator Shehu Sani had two votes.
UDOM’S ANOINTED CANDIDATE WINS AKWA IBOM
Umo Eno, the preferred candidate of Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom, won the governorship ticket in the state.
Philip Shuaibu, deputy governor of Edo state and chairman of the primary electoral committee, declared Eno the winner of the exercise held at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium.
Eno secured 993 votes, while a total of 1,018 delegates participated in the election.
He defeated his closest challengers — Onofiok Luke, a member of the house of representatives, who got two votes; and Bassey Albert, a member of the senate, who polled only one vote.
FINTIRI CLINCHES ADAMAWA TICKET
Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa, won the governorship primary in the state, boosting his re-election bid.
Fintiri secured the party’s ticket to contest in 2023 after polling 663 votes.
Six hundred and sixty-eight delegates participated in the election held in Yola, the capital of the state.
OKOWA’S MAN BEATS IBORI’S ALLY IN DELTA
Sheriff Oborevwori, speaker of the Delta house of assembly, won the governorship primary in the state.
Oborevwori polled 590 votes to beat his closest rival, David Edevbie, commissioner for finance during the James Ibori administration, who polled 113 votes.
Ibori, a former governor, is said to be backing Edevbie, while Oborevwori is the preferred candidate of Ifeanyi Okowa, the incumbent governor.
Other governorship hopefuls and their vote counts include James Manager (83), Kingsley Otuaro, Delta deputy governor (9), Peter Mrakpor, former attorney-general (9), Fred Majemite (six), Ejaife Odebala (three), Abel Esievo (two), Braduce Angozi (two), Bright Onajefe-Gift (three), Chris Iyowaye (0), Lucky Idike (one), and Ikie Agbarianovwe (0).
MAKINDE GETS TICKET TO STAND FOR RE-ELECTION
Seyi Makinde, Oyo governor, was declared the winner of the PDP primary, after scoring 1,040 votes to defeat Hazeem Gbolarumi, who was his only opponent in the race.
The election was held at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
According to NAN, Mutiu Agboke, resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Oyo state, and Abiodun Onigate-Amosun, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) administrative secretary, witnessed the primary.
Announcing the results, Abdullahi MaiBasira, secretary of the PDP electoral committee, said 1,048 delegates were accredited to vote.