Posted by News Express | 9 December 2014 | 3,933 times
The deep divisons in the Enugu State Chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are still a long way from healing going by what happened during yesterday’s governorship primaries. Unlike what obtained elsewhere in the country, Enugu produced two candidates from different unyielding factions.
Senator Ayogu Eze emerged winner of the primary election conducted at a location along New Haven Avenue within the state capital while House of Representatives member, Hon. Ifeanyi Uguwanyi, was declared winner of the one held at the Nnamdi Azikwe Sports Stadium in the state capital. Ugwuanyi is the anointed candidate of Governor Sullivan Chime.
In neighbouring Ebonyi State, there was an upset as the Deputy Governor, Dave Umahi, emerged as the party’s candidate by beating six other aspirants including Paul Okorie, Aja Nwachukwu, Hycinth Ikpo, Paulinus Nwagu, Michael Udumanta and Offia Nwali. The chairman of the electoral panel, who is also the governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, announced that Umahi scored 541 votes to emerge the winner. Below is a summary of the outcome of the primaries in some other states:
Kaduna: Incumbent Governor, Mukhtar Yero, emerged winner in a peaceful primary election conducted at the indoor sports hall of Murtala Mohammed Square in the state capital. He beat his opponent, Senator Haruna Aziz, polling 970 votes. Aziz had only one vote. Before the commencement of the election, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Steve Oru, announced the withdrawal of three aspirants from the election, leaving the contest between the incumbent governor, Mukhtar Yero and Senator Zego Aziz.
He gave the names of the three aspirants who withdrew from the contest as Air Commodore John Ajei, Lawal Yakawada and Felix Hassan Hyat, but did not give any reason for their withdrawal.
Cross River: A serving Senator representing Cross River North Senatorial District and the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Professor Ben Ayade, emerged winner. The returning officer, Olushola Akamode, declared Ayade the winner with 752 votes, as against Jeddy Agba with five votes and Joe Agi with 11 and Francis Eworo with five votes. The governorship primary held at the UJ Esuiene Stadium in Calabar, the state capital, was described as transparent, peaceful and rancor free.
Ten aspirants picked nomination forms to contest but four of the contestants formally withdrew from the race shortly before the elections. They are the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Mr Larry Odey, former Executive Secretary, National Planning Commission, Ntufam Fidelis Ugboh, the immediate past Secretary to the State Government, Mr Mike Aniah and the immediate past Commissioner for Works, Mr Legor Idagbo.
Oyo: Former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, emerged as the PDP governorship candidate. Out of the seven aspirants who attended the primaries, only three contested against Senator Folarin, who won with 167 votes while two others abstained.
Some of the main contenders like the former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao Akala and Seyi Makinde were absent from the primaries, claiming that “it is illegal”.
Niger: Former Chief of Staff of the Government House Umar Nasko emerged winner with 908 votes out of the 1023 votes cast to emerge victorious at the primaries which held in Minna, the Niger State capital.
Jigawa: Chief of Staff to Governor Sule Lamido, Aminu Ibrahim Ringim, won the ticket. Alhaji Kaulaha Aliyu, who presided over the primary said the total number of accredited votes was 1,126, and Ringim scored 1,120 votes, while Abba Anas had no votes. Six votes were declared invalid.
Adamawa: Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, was declared winner with 688 votes. However, the exercise was boycotted by other aspirants and a parallel primary was conducted in Yola, the Adamawa capital, with Ahmed Modibo, Awal Tukur, Aliyu Kama and the state governor, Bala Ngilari, actively involved.
Nasarawa: Contrary to expectations, Dr. Yusif Agabi beat favourite Labaran Maku with with 214 votes as against 160 votes, followed by Aliyu Akwe, who got 129 votes.
Benue: Former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Terhemen Tarzoor, emerging winner with 517 votes, beating the Deputy Governor, Steven Lawani, who scored 311 votes.
Former Supervising Minister for Aviation, Samuel Ortom, came 3rd with 111 votes, followed by former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Sam Odeh, with 48 votes.
•Photo shows Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, one of those claiming victory in Enugu.
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