• Obaseki, Orbih hold parallel primaries in Edo
Damilola Aina, ‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
Daily Courier – The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday commenced primaries to elect candidates for the state assembly as well as the House of Representatives.
The primaries kicked off in different states after several postponements due to the electoral act 2022 which did not give room for the votes of statutory delegates.
In a brief communique on Saturday, Hon. Umar Bature, the PDP’s National Organizing Secretary, had informed aspirants, delegates and teeming members to vote for their candidates.
He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the State Houses of Assembly Primaries to elect our State House of Assembly candidates will hold on Sunday, May 22, 2022, the House of Representatives Primaries to elect our House of Representatives candidates will also hold on Sunday, May 22.”
The primaries began on a good note as election in Ondo produced Festus Akingbaso, currently representing Idanre in the state House of Assembly, emerged as a candidate for Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency for PDP in preparation for the 2023 general elections.
He polled 29 votes defeating four other aspirants in the party’s primary.
Kemisola Adesanya was elected as the party’s candidate for Akure North/Akure South federal constituency dropping Olumuyiwa Adu who was defeated by an All Progressives Congress candidate in the last By-Election on February 27, 2022.
Kemisola polled 32 votes, while Olumuyiwa recorded 19 and Faro Babatunde got 13 votes.
Akintola Olanrewaju defeated the incumbent Minority Leader in the state House of Assembly representing Akoko Northeast, Rasheed Elegbeleye.
In Oyo State, the serving Oyo state House of Assembly Lawmaker representing Lagelu state constituency, Honourable Akintunde Olajide Emmanuel emerged as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general election.
AKT as he is popularly known polled a total vote of 40 to defeat his co-aspirant, Obideji Babadeji who had zero vote.
Elsewhere, The House of Representatives Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, secured the right to represent the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State.
Elumelu, who is bidding for a third term in the House of Representatives, scored 80 out of 132 votes cast by delegates at the House of Representatives primary election held in Asaba.
His closest rival, Princess Pat Ajudua, polled 35 votes while Mr. Kanyinebi Mobushi got 17 votes.
Also, The Representatives member representing Abuja South Federal Constituency, Alhaji Hassan Usman Sokodabo, has clinched the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the 2023 election.
Sokodabo polled 72 votes to defeat three other aspirants, which included Ibrahim Daniel, who got 22 votes, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, 26 votes while MD Jigo, got 2 votes.
However in Edo State, tension is brewing as parallel primaries were held by the two factions in the party simultaneously at different locations across the state.
In the faction loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki, only those who defected with him from the APC to the PDP had continued to emerge as winners.
Similarly, from the camp loyal to Dan Orbih, national vice-chairman, South-South of the PDP, only the old PDP members emerged winners.
In another crisis troubled zone, The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State suspended its primaries for the House of Assembly and House of Representatives indefinitely over an unreconciled list of delegates.
A statement by the PDP legal advisor in the state, Kessinger Ikeokwu, on Sunday, attributed the non-conduct of the primaries to “confusion caused by the National Assembly”.
The party leadership in Lagos State has demanded the cancellation of the House of Assembly and House of Representatives primaries in the state over alleged irregularities.
The PDP Chairman in Lagos, Philips Aivoji alleged that the ad-hoc delegates’ list brought by the electoral committees for both primaries had been compromised.
Adamawa PDP elects 25 state assembly candidates, returns incumbents
The Peoples Democratic Party has conducted its state House of Assembly primary, returning all incumbent lawmakers seeking re-election.
The list of successful candidates available to Daily Courier showed that 10 out of 12 incumbent PDP lawmakers seeking re-election were renominated to contest the state constituencies’ elections come 2023.
Names of Winners and their state constituencies:
1. Yola North – HON. HAMIDU SAJO LEKKI
2. Lamurde – HON. BAUNA MYANDASA
3. Demsa – HON. KATE RAYMOND MOMUNO
4. Numan – HON. PWAMWAKENO MACKONDO
5. Song – HON EMMANUEL KEFAS
6. Michika – MOSES YERIMA
7. Yola-South- ADAMU BABA MUSTAPHA
8. Girei – ABUBAKAR ABDULLAHI BAKARI
9. Nassarawo Binyeri – UMAR NASHION GUBI
10. Hong – BATHIYA WESLEY
11. Gombi – JAPHET KEFAS
12. Jada/Mbulo – MOHAMMED JIJIWA
13. Shelleng – NAPTALI KANTOMA
14. Madagali- HARUNA JILANTIKIRI
15. Mubi South – MUSA MBORORO
16. Toungo – KEFAS CALVIN
17. Guyuk -ADWAWA DONGLOCK
18. Mubi North – ISHAQ DANGOTE
19. Ganye – STEPHEN EMMANUEL JANGIRI
20. Mayo Belwa – MUSA MAHMUD KALLAMU
21. Leko – Koma – BULUS GEOFFREY
22. Uba – Gaya – ADUM JOHN ALABA
23. Maiha – AHMED JINGI BELEL
24. Fofure/Gurin – SAIDU YAHAYA NUHU
25. Verre – JAPHET HAMMAJABU.