Agbaje, Obanikoro, Obuh, Ugwuanyi, others fight for tickets

… As PDP holds guber primaries today

Sparks will fly across the na­tion today as the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) holds its primaries to pick candidates for the 2015 governorship election. The primaries is expected to hold in 28 states, as Edo, Osun, Ondo,Bayelsa, Eki­ti, Anambra, Kogi and Kebbi will not hold gover­norship election next year.

In what predictably will be a tension-soaked contest, a le­gion of aspirants of the ruling party will slug it out with one another in today’s governor­ship primaries.

Daily Sun reports that the exercise will see second term PDP governors at the twilight of their tenure battle to influ­ence who emerges as their successor just as their first term colleagues will struggle for a fresh term of four years.

Feelers from the nation’s political landscape indicate that today’s primaries will likely record some upsets, as some incumbent governors seem to have lost grips with the party structure in their states.

The struggle for power ahead of the party primaries has factionalised the PDP in many states of the federation.

In Lagos State, former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, 2007 Lagos State governor­ship candidate of the defunct Democratic Peoples Alliance (DPA), Mr. Jimi Agbaje, will square up for the primary. Besides Obanikoro and Ag­baje, other aspirants in the contest for the Lagos PDP governorship ticket are Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi, Dr (Mrs) Modupe Chukwuneke, Ambassador Tokunboh Kamson and Adedeji Doherty. About 835 delegates com­prising delegates from the 241 wards in the state and statutory delegates will be voting today to decide who flies the PDP flag in 2015 La­gos governorship election.

In a statement issued yes­terday, the state Chairman of the PDP, Captain Tunji Shelle, promised that the pri­mary election would be free, fair and credible.

In Enugu, the coast seems clear for the emergence of member representing Ig­boeze North\Udenu Federal Constituency, Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi as PDP governor­ship candidate for Enugu as two other PDP aspirants, Chiefs Anayo Onwuegbu and Chinedu Onuh stepped down for him yesterday. Ug­wuanyi will be slugging it out with Senator Ayogu Eze. Also, in Imo State, the Deputy Speaker, House of Represen­tatives, Emeka Ihedioha, will battle with former Imo gover­nor, Ikedi Ohakim and other aspirants for the PDP gover­norship ticket.

Others in the race are Sena­tor Ifeanyi Araraume and Prof. Jude Njoku among others. In Delta, Sir Tony Obuh will lock horns with the state Dep­uty Governor, Amos Utua­ma, Ndudi Elumelu, former speaker, Victor Ochei, Mrs Ngozi Olejeme and others.

In Nasarawa State, for­mer Minister of Informa­tion, Labaran Maku, Senator Solomon Ewuga, the state Deputy Governor, Dameshi Luka and the immediate past governor of the state, Akwe Doma will battle for the PDP ticket.

While in Bauchi, former PDP national chairman­ship aspirant, Musa Babayo, deputy Senate leader, Abdul Ningi and others will sweat it out for the governorship slot.

The situation will be the same in Kano State where Mohammed Abacha, son of the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, will trade tack­les with Salihu Tarkai and others for the party ticket.

In Adawawa State, Gov­ernor James Ngilari, Ahmed Modibo, former chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and Auwal Tukur, son of former PDP national chairman, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur will be contending for the PDP ticket.


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