As the battle to secure the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) presidential ticket ahead of the 2023 general elections gathers momentum, stakeholders of the party have rooted for the Rivers State Governor and foremost aspirant of the position, Nyesom Wike, to be the flagbearer of the party.
This is as the Rivers State Governor continues his consultations across the country, soliciting for the ticket to fly the party’s flag in the 2023 presidential elections.
Addressing PDP delegates in Niger State, during Governor Wike’s consultation visit to the state, within the week, elder statesman and PDP stalwart, Prof Jerry Gana endorsed Governor Wike’s presidential ambition and urged the party delegates to throw their weight behind the Rivers State Governor as he has the capability and capacity to bring solutions to the teething problems of the country.
Gana who commended Governor Wike over his development strides in Rivers State said the Governor would apply such grit to tackle insecurity and end the infrastructural deficit in the country.
On her part, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), Sen Zainab Kure praised Governor Wike over his leadership style, particularly his gender-friendly policies, and described him as a man with passion for good governance.
She pointed out that Governor Wike has contributed a lot to the development of the PDP and would not disappoint the party and Nigerians if given the opportunity to serve as the President.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the PDP in Niger State, Tanko Beji commended Governor Wike for his efforts in building the party, and cautioned against giving the ticket to someone who will end up becoming a sectional President.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike on Friday submitted his filled and completed presidential nomination form to the National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Hon Umar Bature through Sen Suleiman Nazif at the party’s national secretariat.
The delegation to the PDP national secretariat was led by Senator George Sekibo, representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
Speaking at the event, Sen Sekibo said Rivers State PDP and indeed the entire Rivers people were proud of Governor Wike over his testimonial of good leadership which is evident in the state.
He said Governor Wike has the capacity to replicate such leadership at the national level if elected as the President of Nigeria.
Describing Governor Wike as a bridge builder, Sekibo said Wike will effectively address the problems of insecurity and revive the economy of Nigeria.
On his part, the National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Hon Umar Bature stated that all presidential aspirants would be given a level playing field.
By: Beemene Tanee
Ex-Minister, Senator Emerge PDP Senatorial Candidates In Kwara
Former Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, has emerged the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) candidate for Kwara central senatorial district.
Abdullahi was elected through affirmation by delegates at the PDP’s senatorial primary at Mariam Event Centre, Ilorin.
The national officer that conducted the primary, Hashim Jimoh, announced Abdullahi as the winner, having been returned unopposed.
Also a former Senator, Rafiu Ibrahim was elected as the PDP’s candidate for Kwara south senatorial district.
Ibrahim also emerged through affirmation at the primary in Omu- Aran in Irepodun local government area of the state.
Chairman of PDP in Kwara south, Comrade Bisi Fakayode raised up Ibrahim’s hand after his unanimous election.
Speaking with reporters after his emergence, Abdullahi thanked the PDP stakeholders and delegates for confirming him as Kwara central’s candidate.
He also thanked journalists for their support, adding that :” I do not take your support and that of the PDP’s stakeholders for granted.
Abdullahi assured the people of his constituency of quality representation at the Senate.
PDP Primary: Two Ondo Senators Fail To Secure Return Tickets
Two sitting senators from Ondo State, Ayo Akinyelure, and Nicholas Tofowomo, have lost their bid to return to the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
They lost in the primary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, held on Monday in the state.
Akinyelure is representing Ondo Central Senatorial District while Tofowomo represents Ondo South Senatorial District.
In the primary held in Akure, the state capital, Akinyelure came second, polling 58 votes behind Mr Ifedayo Adedipe, SAN, who scored 82 votes.
On the other hand, Tofowomo scored 74 votes behind a former Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi, who polled 78 votes in the exercise that held in Okitipupa, in the Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.
In the Ondo North Senatorial District, Mr Adetokunbo Modupe, defeated his opponent, Mr Foluso Adefemi, with 124 votes as against 93 votes.
Speaking with journalists after the election, Akinyelure attributed his loss to the influence of the former Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who did not support him.
Akinyelure said, “As a ranking Senator and with all I have done for them in Ondo Central Senatorial District, the three ad- hoc delegates that favour Olusegun Mimiko, they gave instructions for them to vote me out. I am happy about this but I know my God will never fail.
“I know what I am talking about. We have six local governments in the central, by the grace of God I am still a sitting Senator. The election was so transparent but I know that with the volume of what I have done for the Ondo Central Senatorial District, I did not expect to be paid this way. But I have a destiny that nobody can stop.”
The winner of the Ondo Central primary, Adedipe, said it was the first time he would be contesting for elective office, calling all members of the party to support him to win the main election in 2023.
He said, “The exercise has been peaceful and very free. It is the PDP that has won and not Ifedayo. It is the party that conducts a free and fair election. My fellow aspirants should see this as a vote for all of us.”
Rivers Dep Gov, Others Win Senatorial Tickets
Rivers State Deputy Governor, Mrs Ipallibo Harry Banigo, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the Rivers West Senatorial District election.
Ipalibo, who hails from Degema Local Government Area, scored 264 votes to clinch the party’s ticket for Rivers West.
The senatorial primaries, which held across the three senatorial districts, also produced Allwell Onyesoh as the candidate of the PDP for Rivers East.
Onyesoh, who hails from Etche Local Government Area, was said to have scored 270 votes to earn him the senatorial flag of the party.
The party also gave its ticket for the Rivers Southeast Senatorial District to a former House of Representatives member, incumbent senator Barinada Mpigi.
The state Publicity Secretary of PDP, Sydney Tambari Gbara, who described the exercise as peaceful, said consensus method was used in some areas to elect the candidates.
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