PDP Submits Saraki’s Name To INEC As Its Senatorial Candidate For Kwara Central

                                 Senate President Bukola Saraki

•APC panel dismisses appeals, upholds automatic tickets


John Alechenu, Olusola Fabiyi

The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has sent the name of the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, to the Independent National Electoral Commission as a senatorial candidate.

The name of Saraki was among the list of candidates submitted to the commission in Abuja on Thursday night.

Saraki, who represents Kwara Central District in the Senate, was among the 13 presidential aspirants of the party.

He came third at the party’s national convention which was held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The PDP had held the senatorial primaries before that of the presidential primary.

While Saraki paid for the PDP nomination and expression of interest forms,  it was however not clear if he paid for that of the Senate as well.

Investigations by one of our correspondents in Abuja showed that Saraki’s name was used to replace the name of one Ope, whose name was initially filed as the PDP candidate for the senatorial district.

It had initially been speculated that the former governor of Kwara State was among the suspected presidential aspirants in the party who had another plan since they knew they could lose the PDP presidential nomination.

It was learnt that Saraki is being positioned to return as the President of the Senate in 2019 by the PDP, if former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wins the presidential election.

The source said, “Bukola Saraki’s name is there (in the list). He’s returning to the Senate on the platform of the PDP.”

Investigations by one of our correspondents in Abuja showed that Saraki’s name was used to replace the name of one Ope, whose name was initially filed as the PDP candidate for the senatorial district.

It had initially been speculated that the former governor of Kwara State was among the suspected presidential aspirants in the party who had another plan since they knew they could lose the PDP presidential nomination.

It was learnt that Saraki is being positioned to return as the President of the Senate in 2019 by the PDP, if former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wins the presidential election.

The source said, “Bukola Saraki’s name is there (in the list). He’s returning to the Senate on the platform of the PDP.”

Meanwhile, the tension among the All Progressives Congress aspirants heightened on Thursday as members who aspired for governorship and National Assembly seats inundated the party’s Director of Organization, Altai Abu-Bakr Kari, with calls in a bid to know their fate.

Kari, who led some party officials in an APC branded coaster bus held tightly to a bunch of files on one hand and struggled to answer calls to his mobile phone with the other.

It was gathered that aspirants for national assembly seats were especially eager to find out the outcome of their petitions to the Prof. Osariemen Osumbor-led APC Governorship and National Assembly Appeals Committee.

This was against the backdrop of the party’s last minute effort to beat the 12:00 midnight deadline set by INEC for the submission of the list of all party candidates for the 2019 elections.

A summary of the panel report document obtained by one of our correspondents in Abuja, on Thursday, indicated that all petitions against the Senate and House of Representatives primaries were rejected.

In Delta State for example, eight petitions were upheld by the committee which agreed with the petitioners who argued that they won the primaries but that their names were surreptitiously replaced.

Seven petitions were rejected for lacking merit.

In the South-West zone, six petitions were received and treated by the panel from Ekiti State. The petitioners faulted the conduct of the National Assembly primary held in the state but their petitions were thrown out.  A similar fate befell three petitions filed against the conduct of the House of Representatives primary in Osun State.

In Ondo State, the panel upheld three petitions for Senate, referred one to the National Working Committee; rejected two and upheld the five petitions for the House of Representatives.

The five argued successfully with documentary evidence that they won the primary but their names were substituted.

Of the two petitions received from Lagos, one was rejected for the Senate, while the one for the House of Representatives was upheld.

The panel also rejected two senatorial petitions from Ogun State and recommended that the third petitioner be adopted as the candidate, saying stakeholders of the party in the areas agreed to adopt him as a sole candidate.

The Osunbor-led APC panel equally upheld the disqualifications of some of the party’s aspirants by the Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC and its decision to grant automatic tickets to serving governors and some lawmakers.

Some of the prominent members disqualified are a former Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, and the Political Adviser to the Kaduna State governor,  Mallam Uba Sani.

From the panel’s report and recommendations, it became obvious that pressure mounted by some state governors, especially the Kaduna State Governor, El-Rufai, as well as the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, did nothing to influence the committee.

In the North-West, the panel upheld the automatic ticket given to Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central), after rejecting petitions filed by Senator Mohammed Saleh, Usman Ibrahim and Samsuddeen Giwa challenging the decision of the APC NWC to disqualify them from contesting the primary.

It also threw out a petition by Dr Abba Ibrahim who cited irregularities in the party’s decision to grant Sani an automatic ticket.

For Kaduna North, the APC panel threw out the petition filed by Senator Aliyu Lawal who also complained about alleged irregularities in the conduct of the primary in the area.

A petition filed by Ahmed Munir, who contested the Lere Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, asking the panel to declare him as candidate was upheld.

Munir had petitioned the panel alleging that the aspirant who won the contest was indicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for an unspecified offence in 2008.

The panel found merit in his petition and declared the petitioner as the party’s candidate.

A petition filed by Ahmed Shuiabu Adda’u who contested the party’s ticket for the Makarfi/Kudan Federal Constituency challenging his alleged wrongful disqualification, was thrown out for lacking merit.

Another aspirant, Rufai Chanchangi, who contested the Kaduna South Federal Constituency, petitioned the panel, citing irregularities but his petition was equally rejected.

For the Sokoto State governorship, petitions filed by two aspirants, Senator Abubakar Gada and Faruk Yabo, citing the refusal of the APC election committee to follow guidelines for the conduct of the exercise were also rejected.

The Osumbor-led panel also held that the petition filed by a Kebbi State governorship aspirant, Alhaji Ibrahim Mera, challenging his exclusion from the contest was “not competent.”

Similar petitions by senatorial aspirants for Kebbi Central and Kebbi South, Aminu Shamaki and Sule Sami respectively, were also dismissed.

The panel also dismissed a petition filed by Abdullahi Sura who contested the Sum/Bagudo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.

It, however, referred a petition by Abdullahi Faruk , the member representing Birnin Kebbi/ Kalgo/ Bunza Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, whose petition was a “Plea for fulfilment of promise of automatic ticket for loyalty to the party,” to the APC NWC.

In Jigawa State, the panel dismissed petitions filed by Hashiru Yusuf and Allhaji Hashimu against the conduct of the governorship primary on the grounds that the petitions had been overtaken by INEC’s guidelines for the conduct of fresh primaries.

Former IGP, Suleiman Abba, who petitioned the panel to protest the removal of his name from the ballot in the contest for the party’s ticket for Jigawa South Senatorial district also failed to gain the panel’s sympathy.

The case of Abdullahi Gumel, a sitting senator who lost the primary was referred to the NWC for further action after he petitioned the panel, citing irregularities in the conduct of the primary which he lost.

In Kano, the case of the Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Suleiman Kawu-Sumaila, was also referred to the NWC for further action.

Similar cases referred to the NWC included those involving Suleiman Halilu, Laila Buhari and Senator Isa Zarewa who contested the Kano Central Senatorial ticket.

Petitions against the conduct of the governorship primary in Katsina State were also referred to the NWC. The two petitioners were Alhaji Garba Sani and Abubakar Isa.

The panel also dismissed petitions by a senatorial aspirant for Bayelsa Central, Barry Indutimi.

It also dismissed appeals by Mr John Odey, Chief Edem Duke and Chief Eyo Nyong, who demanded a fresh governorship primary in Cross River State.

The panel also held that the petition filed by Prof. Pat Utomi challenging the validity of the governorship primary in Delta State had been overtaken by events.

It, however, upheld an appeal by Halims Agoda who won the primary for Ethiope Federal Constituency but had his name replaced.

For Rivers State, the appeals by Senator Magnus Abe and Chief Dumo-Lulu Briggs against the conduct of the governorship primaries were rejected.

For Akwa Ibom State, appeals by Bassey Dan-Abia, Senator James Udo-Udehe and Dr Edet Efefuei against the conduct of the governorship primary were similarly thrown out.

It, however, upheld the appeal by Robinson Uwak who won the primary for Oron Federal constituency but was denied victory. Similar petitions by Iquo Inyang and Mrs. Glory Ekpo who contested and won the primaries held for Ikono/Ini and Etinam Federal Constituencies were also upheld.

The party’s primaries held across the country were marred by allegations of irregularities and disqualification of aspirants.

Several of these issues led to a series of meetings between the party leadership, some aggrieved governors and President Muhammadu Buhari.

The president’s wife who felt slighted by the party for failing to support the emergence of her brother, Mahmoud Halilu, as governorship candidate in her native Adamawa State, took to her twitter handle to register her displeasure.

She tweeted, “It is disheartening to note that some aspirants used their hard earned money to purchase nomination forms, got screened, cleared and campaigned vigorously yet found their names omitted on election day, these forms were bought at exorbitant prices.”

However, aspirants whose petitions were not treated voiced their opposition to the panel’s handling of their petitions.

One of such aspirants, Mr Adaze Wilson Imafidon, who was seeking the party’s ticket to contest the Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde House of Representatives Federal Constituency seat, submitted a petition to the appeals committee through his lawyers, describing the purported primary election held in the constituency as a sham.

He said any attempt to present any of the aspirants to INEC as the winner of the botched APC primary election of 6th October 2018 “would be illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.”

Party supporters from Benue State, under the aegis of Benue South APC Justice and Equality Movement, protested to the party headquarters, on Thursday, asking the NWC to caution the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, for allegedly substituting the names of elected candidates with those who did not participate at the primary.

The coordinator of the group, Mr Akor Ikwuocha, told newsmen that they were surprised that after the emergence of a winner from the party primaries and names submitted to the approximate authorities by the electoral committee, “the minister allegedly called a meeting of a few persons while overseas and announced that he was substituting names of most of the candidates because they were not his choice.

“Today, there is no single campaign billboard of President Muhammadu Buhari in the whole of Benue South Senatorial district, despite the fact that the Benue South has a cabinet member in the person of Chief Audu Ogbe.”

The protesters said the attempt to change the names of elected candidates across Benue South may put the APC at a serious disadvantage in the zone.

The protesters appealed to the NWC to caution the Minister and ensure that all those candidates that won the primary elections are allowed to go for the general election as party’s candidates.  (Punch)

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PDP Bigwigs Behind Oil Subsidy Scam, Says Keyamo |The Republican News

Director of the Buhari Campaign Organisation Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN) has alleged that most bigwigs in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) were involved in the oil subsidy scam which dogged former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
He said this on a Lagos-based national television programme, yesterday.

Keyamo also disclosed President Muhammadu Buhari is not paying oil subsidy as it was with past administrations.

He did admit, though, that the Buhari-led government is only paying “premium.

“What happened under the PDP government was that they were paying for products that did not land at all. That was the scam that was happening. It was fraud, the greatest stealing in the history of this country happened under them.

“All the PDP bigwigs were all involved in this subsidy scam. Then, you saw that many of them refunded money. As I said, they were paying for products that did not land at all, they will tell you they have brought product and you have to pay subsidy on those products.

“The NNPC officials knew, everybody knew that the products did not come at all. What did Buhari do when he came? He said he wanted to cleanse that industry, he said NNPC should take complete charge of importation.

“The government wanted to eliminate subsidy at that time, but, as the price of crude went up, the price of production went up, the price of the by-products also went up; its normal.”

He said at the point when oil was $28 to $30, government was not paying subsidy, but “the difference occurred when oil prices went beyond $43 per barrel, because that was the benchmark. As it rose beyond $43, the delta started, not subsidy. We started to pull away from N145.

“So, the landing cost came to N203/N205 and we are still selling for N145 and the president said you cannot suffer the masses. Now, how do they cover it? Not subsidy.


“The NNPC Act allows the NNPC to make refunds to the Federation Account. In other words, they can spend money and return the balance to the federation account, by law.”

Keyamo also described Nigeria as the best-performing economy in Africa.

“I need to remind Nigerians about the Gross Domestic Product growth. Of the 11 countries that went into recession around the world, Nigeria has exceeded all of them, in terms of GDP growth. None of them has crossed 1.4 to 1.5 percent, Nigeria is doing close to two percent GDP growth right now.

“Let us get that one clear. Forbes Africa has rated Nigeria as the best-performing economy in Africa. The results came out two-three weeks ago; we are the best-performing economy in Africa,” he reiterated.

But, the PDP fired back.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, accused Keyamo of defending acts of corruption.

Ologbondiyan told Daily Sun that rather than the PDP, leaders of the opposition party are actually responsible for fuel subsidy scam.

“If, indeed, he said that, Festus Keyamo is speaking off the charge. Is it PDP leaders that put N58 tax on Nigerians for a litre of PMS? How much were we buying PMS before and how much is it sold now? So, it is totally off the charge to say that PDP leaders are responsible for subsidy scam.

“Didn’t they tell Nigerians that there was no subsidy in 2014?

“How much have they paid on subsidy; between 2015 and this year. And, how many did they claim are the number of vehicles using PMS, today, in Nigeria?

“The government that Festus Keyamo has come to defend, apart from being inept, is totally and absolutely corrupt and, as such, he is defending acts of corruption.”            (The Sun)

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Buhari Hasn’t Run Any Successful Business Ever – Atiku |The Republican News


Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Preisdent Muhammadu Buhari

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja


The 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of never being a successful businessman.

In a statement from his media office in Abuja on Tuesday, Atiku said, “The open, democratic and free and fair election (something alien to the APC, according to Buhari’s own wife) on Sunday of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, as the Presidential candidate for the PDP has clearly left the APC in a state of panic and confusion.

“On Sunday, the Buhari Campaign Organisation launched the first weak salvo. And on Monday, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary unleashed his own knee-jerk reaction, accusing Atiku of being desperate.

“Our response to the APC is to ask who is desperate between a Muhammadu Buhari who said, ‘If what happened in 2011 should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would all be soaked in blood’ and an Atiku Abubakar who said, ,‘Love and peace should not only be preached, but must also be put into practice for the sake of sustaining the peace in our land’?

“It is left for Nigerians to judge, but even a blind person can see that Nigeria has been ‘soaked in blood’ ever since she was unfortunate enough to have fallen under the leadership of a man whose words are destructive and never productive.”

In his response to the APC’s demand for Atiku’s scorecard in public office, the statement said, “Some of Atiku Abubakar’s achievements as Nigeria’s Vice President are that as head of the National Council of Privatisation, he superintended over the GSM revolution that saw Nigeria go from 50,000 to 100 million GSM lines, has added 500,000 direct jobs to the Nigerian economy and attracted $27bn to our GDP. Our question to President Buhari and the APC is how many jobs have they created?

“Another of Abubakar’s achievements is the successful privatisation of many public enterprises that hitherto consumed government resources without yielding a profit. In response, we ask President Buhari how many loopholes in public expenditure has he plugged? The spectacular failure of the 419 Nigeria Air is still fresh in the memory of Nigerians.

“Finally, the APC spokesman had the guts to question His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar’s source of wealth.

“We wish to remind APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, that Atiku Abubakar is not like President Buhari who has never run a successful private business throughout his life.

“Unlike Muhammadu Buhari, Atiku Abubakar is an expert job creator who has founded many successful and thriving businesses including the American University of Nigeria, Yola; a microfinance bank that has moved 45,000 families out of poverty and Rica Gado, a livestock feed company that has significantly reduced instances of herdsmen/farmers clashes by providing a business-friendly solution instead of asking Nigerians to give up their lands for cattle ranching or face death, as the Buhari government did.”

The statement added that unlike President Buhari, Atiku does not believe Nigerian youths are lazy. “How could he when 25,000 out of his 50,000 employees are youths,”? he asked.

It urged the Buhari Presidency and the APC to mention even one successful private endeavour that the President had successfully run.

“And by private enterprises, we are not referring to 150 cows that never increase in number, year in year out,” the statement added.    (Punch)

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Reasons For Lack Of My Support For Adeleke During Osun Rerun – Omisore |RN

                                                 Iyiola Omisore

Femi Makinde, Osogbo


The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has said that he opted to support the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola,  in the rerun election in the state because the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state said they did not need his support.

Omisore said this in Osogbo on Thursday during a meeting with members of the SDP from across the 30 local government areas of the state.

Omisore, who defected from the PDP to the SDP some months before the election, said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar wanted to come and discuss with him before the rerun when he came to Osogbo but he (Atiku) was prevented from coming by the leadership of the PDP in the state.

A former Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines, Dr Yemi Farounbi, had said this while narrating why Omisore decided to work for the APC candidate in the rerun supplementary poll held on September 27.

Farounbi said the same thing and Omisore, while addressing the party members, said he adopted everything the former envoy had said.

He said the party opted to support the candidate of the party that was ready to implement the manifestos of the SDP because the party was for the best interest of the majority of the people.

Omisore said, “I want to adopt all what Dr Farounbi said. We gave them (APC and PDP) our manifesto. We dwelled on payment of arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities, on local content, employment for our youths and the reorganisation of the educational system, among others.

“We went to negotiation with a clear mind that Osun must be free and thank God our coalition has produced a new future for the state.

“In addition to what Dr Faroumbi said, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole, said clearly that our discussion was devoid of any financial commitment. He said they were ready to work.”

Speaking earlier, Farounbi had explained that the SDP leaders decided to support any political party that was ready to put the people of the state first, saying Omisore earned his respect more because he was selfless in arriving at who to support.

He said the issue of arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities which had impoverished workers and pensioners was given priority. The reorganisation of the education sector and local content were also prominent on their agenda.

Farounbi said, “Apart from these, we also said the state must return to 6-3-3-4. That contracts and services must be given to Osun indigenes; that infrastructural development and food security must be given priority because our people must not be hungry and they agreed.

“The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, was the first to come and he came from the airport to Ile-Ife with some senators and Dr Doyin Okupe. We gave him our manifesto and we waited for 24 hours but no response. We heard that they were saying that we wanted to reap where we did not sow.   We heard that they said they would win without us and all that.

“Also, former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, who is the director general of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, called and said they were in Osogbo and they would come to see us. But they did not come.

“But former Vice President Atiku Abubakar called and expressed his regret for not being able to come. He said he wanted to come but the leadership of the PDP in Osun State said they should not come because they didn’t need us. That we should go and do anything we liked.”  (Punch)

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PDP Berates Buhari, APC Of Posting Fake Presidential Primary Results |RN

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja


The Peoples Democratic Party has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress of posting what it called fictitious figures as votes secured by the President at the APC Presidential primary.

It said the plan behind the huge figure was to hoodwink Nigerians and create an impression of massive support for President Buhari ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

The PDP said the alleged resort to the allocation of figures had shown that Buhari and the APC had lost hope of winning genuine votes in the 2019 general elections and want to rely on the allocation of fake votes to attempt to rig the main election.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, claimed in a statement on Sunday, that the Presidency forced the direct primary on the APC because of its determination to conjure figures ahead of the general elections.

He said, “Nigerians will recall that the PDP had alerted of intelligence reports that the Presidency forced a direct presidential primary on the APC so as to ‘eliminate delegates accreditation and pave the way for the allocation of millions of conjured votes, which they intend to use as a basis to authenticate the fictitious votes they intend to declare for President Buhari at the general elections.’

“The PDP had also alerted of how ‘very senior officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission including a blood relation of the President, who is in charge of the commission’s data centre, masterminded and pushed the plot.

“It is, therefore, ludicrous that 29 days after our statement, the Presidency and the APC staged a circus show in their party’s state secretariats, in the name of Presidential primary and came up with fictitious figures as votes secured by President Buhari.

“Nigerians were thoroughly amused as they see through the lies in APC’s allocation of fictitious 2.9 million votes in Kano, 1.9 million in Lagos, 802,819 in Katsina, in addition to other conjured figures in other states.”

Ologbondiyan added that what the APC and the Presidency failed to note was that Nigerians were already aware that no ballot allegedly took place and that such figures could not be tallied through mere voice vote involving few members of a derelict and disorganised party.

According to him, what counts in a general election is the participation of registered voters with Permanent Voter Cards and not fictitious figures from a padded party register or party members, many of who do not exist or hold PVCs.

Moreover,  he said that the APC did not have the number of members it was posting as having participated in the “circus”.

“We want the APC and INEC to know that our party is already privy to the polling centres in certain states which they are planning to use to allocate fake votes for President Buhari in the 2019 general elections and that we have also devised legitimate strategies of exposing and dismantling such plans ahead of the elections, just as the PDP did in Osun State,” he added.  (Punch)

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Wike Has Become Sole Administrator, APC Mocks PDP |The Republican News

               Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike

John Alechenu, Abuja

The All Progressives Congress has alleged that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has become the sole administrator of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

It said it was now obvious that the governor had become the party’s defacto National Chairman, spokesperson and sole administrator, who determines what happens in the PDP.

The APC said this in a statement signed by the acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Sunday.

He alleged that since Nigerians rejected the PDP which ruled the nation for 16 years, it had become obvious that there was nothing democratic about PDP’s policies and practices.

“As events has shown, it is a misnomer to call the party, Peoples Democratic Party as there is nothing democratic about its policies and practices.

“The PDP to all intents and purposes has become the theatre of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. Since assuming office after the disputed 2015 Rivers Governorship election, Wike has assumed the role of de facto PDP National Chairman, sole administrator, spokesman, organising secretary and BoT Chairman.

“Recall Governor Wike’s imposition of an erstwhile PDP National Chairman without a formal convention and the leaked telephone conversation of Governor Wike (allegedly) threatening to kill INEC officials he had paid to rig the rivers rerun election in favour of the PDP.” Nabena said.

The APC also alleged that the governor recently threatened to teach the PDP presidential aspirants, including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, the APC spokesman said. (Punch)

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Ambode’s Hope Fades As APC Governor Primaries Today Is Tension-Laden |RN

         Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode
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Residents in states where the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party will elect their governorship candidates for the 2019 governorship election have expressed fears of possible breakdown of law and order during the primaries today

Investigations by SUNDAY PUNCH correspondents, who spoke with political party leaders, aspirants and some residents of the affected states, revealed that the exercises might not be without violence.

In Lagos for instance, supporters of the incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode may on Monday clash with those of the APC leaders who are supporting the emergence of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

This situation may not be different in Oyo State where there are fears that APC members, who are loyal to a former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, may have a raw deal with loyalists of Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who wants to install a successor.

Five Ogun aspirants battle Amosun’s choice

It will be a battle between the consensus candidate of the Ogun West Elders Council, Adekunle Akinlade, and the alliance of five aspirants, mostly from the Ogun East Senatorial district.

The five aspirants in the alliance are Senator Adegbenga Kaka; Dapo Abiodun; Jimi Lawal; Bimbo  Ashiru, and Abayomi Hunye, who is the only one from Ogun West.

These aspirants in alliance were dissatisfied with the decision to have Akinlade, who is currently representing Yewa South/Ipokia Federal Constituency in the lower chamber, as the consensus candidate of the party.

Three of the aspirants, who spoke with one of our correspondents, called on the electoral team that would be sent from the national secretariat of the party to oversee the governorship primary to ensure a level-playing field for every aspirant, by making it free and fair.

The aspirants are the immediate past state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Ashiru; a former Senator from Ogun East and former deputy governor of the state, Kaka, and businessman, Abiodun.

They are all from Ogun East (Ijebu-Remo).

Ashiru, who spoke to us while on a consultation train to Ogun Waterside, expressed optimism that he was the most qualified for the job, having been part of the current administration’s success story, especially in the area of attracting investors to the state.

He said, “I am confident of victory if the governorship primary is free and fair; if there’s no harassment.

“I have been part of the system; I understand the system because I have been part of the development of Ogun State. Ogun State is now attractive to investors. I believe I’m the most qualified for the job.”

On his part, Kaka said he would want the membership registers containing the names of old and new members to be presented at the wards and people should be allowed to line up behind the aspirants of their choice without any form of molestation.

Abiodun said he hoped for a good outing today (Sunday)

Speaking through one of his media aides, Olumide Lawal, Abiodun believed he equally would be victorious if the primary was transparent.

Lawal said, “We are expecting the team from Abuja, the national headquarters of the party, that will oversee the governorship primary in the state.

“We hope they will do the needful and be impartial umpires. I am sure if the primary is transparent, my principal will win.”

Another governorship aspirant from Ogun East, Jimi Lawal who is a former banker and currently an adviser to Kaduna State governor on Investment Promotion, also hoped for the best.

He said he had visited his supporters in all the local governments across the state three times, between last year and now.

Lawal added, “Tomorrow (Sunday), I hope for the best. I have visited the 20 local governments across the state about three times, between last year and now.

“I helped to revive about 14 offices of the APC that were moribund, including that of my local government, Ijebu Ode. I have done my best for the people, and tomorrow, (Sunday), I am hopeful of the best and hope that there won’t be imposition.”

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Police Command said it was well prepared for the governorship primary.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said all arms of security apparatus in the state had been mobilised for the exercise.

Oyeyemi said, “We are fully prepared. We have made our deployment. We will monitor the event from the beginning to the end.

“The Commissioner of Police has warned anyone that may want to cause the breach of peace to either leave the state or have a change of heart.”

Akala attacks Ajimobi, to boycott primary

A former Oyo State governor, Alao-Akala, on Saturday, said he would not be part of today’s governorship primary of the APC in the state, alleging that there were plans by Governor Ajimobi to impose one of the candidates, Joseph Tegbe, on the party.

Alao-Akala, according to a statement by his media aide, Jeremiah Akande, called on the party leadership to quickly step into what he described as a crisis in the state chapter of the party. He also asked his supporters to wait for his next move.

The statement noted that the ministerial slot of the state had been offered to Alao-Akala but he refused to accept it because of possible collision with Adebayo Shittu.

The statement said, “Alao-Akala wishes to state categorically and put the leadership of the party and the general public on notice that Ajimobi has perfected plans to impose one Joseph Tegbe on delegates as he has sent his foot soldiers around to coerce and intimidate delegates to vote for the said Tegbe against their free will.

“Alao-Akala, a true party man and committed loyalist to any cause he believes in, wishes to state categorically that he is not a pushover in the game of politics and as a well-grounded and groomed politician, who has occupied the number one seat of a politically-conscious state as Oyo, will not be part of any move or attempt to subvert the true will and wishes of the people by the selfish interest of an individual.

“He has therefore decided to stay away from Sunday’s macabre dance taking place at a yet-to-be disclosed venue due to the insensitivity and selfishness of Ajimobi who is hell-bent on imposing his stooge as his successor.”

Parallel excos to pick candidates in Delta

Despite efforts to resolve the leadership crisis in the Delta State chapter of the APC, the party is going into its primaries with a divided house beginning with the governorship primary on Sunday (today).

Four of the five governorship aspirants, who picked the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms, have been cleared to participate in the primary taking place in Asaba, the Delta State capital.

They are Prof Pat Utomi, Victor Ochei, Chief Great Ogboru and Dr Cairo Ojougboh.

The party currently parades two executive committees in the state. While the immediate past National Chairman of the APC, Odigie Oyegun sworn-in Chief Cyril Ogodo-led State Working Committee, Adams Oshiomhole, upon assumption of office as the party’s national chairman, sworn-in Prophet Jones Erue as chairman.

The former is loyal to Olorogun O’tega Emerhor and Chief Hyacinth Enuha while the latter is loyal to the Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Ogboru faction.

Aspirants reject consensus candidate in Imo

Last minute move made by the APC governorship aspirants from the Owerri zone extraction of Imo State to have a consensus aspirant that would challenge governor Rochas Okorocha’s preferred choice, Uche Nwosu, during the primary on Monday, has failed.

Sunday PUNCH gathered that the aspirants, consisting of the deputy governor of the state, Eze Madumere; immediate past Secretary to the State Government, George Eche; Okorocha’s brother-in-law, Chuks Ololo; the governor’s former appointee, China Anozie; a former SSG, Jude Ejiogu; business magnate, Chris Nlemoha; and a retired air commodore, Peter Gbujue, met in Owerri, the state capital, on Saturday.

A source at the meeting, which lasted for about seven hours, told one of our correspondents that none of the seven aspirants from the zone agreed to step down for another.

The meeting, our correspondent learnt, was called by the leaders of the APC in Owerri zone to ensure the aspirants reach an agreement that would made them to support one among them for the Monday’s exercise.

It was learnt that the people, who called the meeting, stated that Owerri zone would put the wrong foot forward going into the primary with seven aspirants while the other two – Nwosu and Senator Hope Uzodinma – are from Orlu zone.

All efforts made by the conveners of the meeting to persuade the aspirants to reach a consensus failed as all the aspirants preferred to head to the primary.

Confirming the development to SUNDAY PUNCH, the director of media of one of the aspirants (Nlemoha), Callistus Emeruo, said his principal was going ahead with the primary.

He said, “My principal, Chris Nlemoha, is very much in the race. The consensus candidate option failed. There is no clear criteria to measure which aspirant should be a beneficiary of the consensus candidate option.”

“The aspirants at the meeting said that the meeting was rather coming too late. Tomorrow is the primary and it is wrong asking an aspirant who has traversed the whole state in campaigns to step down.”

Ikenna Onuoha, a media aide to another governorship aspirant, Ejiogu, said his boss did not step down for anybody.

Onuoha added, “Jude Ejiogu did not step down for anybody. If there is any aspirant who should be a beneficiary of the consensus aspirant option, it is Jude Ejiogu. He is the most qualified. He has the capacity and contacts to make a good governor.”

Investigation by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that Madumere, Nwosu and Nlemoha are the aspirants to beat in the primary.

Speaking to Sunday PUNCH ahead of the primary, the deputy governor said that he was prepared for the exercise.

Madumere, who sued for a free and fair process, said his campaign organisation rejected the plot by some members working for the state government to hijack the process at the grass roots.

The governorship aspirant, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Uche Onwuchekwa, said only accredited INEC collation centers at the wards should be used for the primary.

Also, Nwosu said, “I am ready and prepared for the primary. My campaign organisation and supporters across the state are ready. It is a popularity test election and Uche Nwosu is ready.”

23 gov aspirants to contest Kwara PDP, APC tickets

No fewer than 23 governorship aspirants, 38 senatorial aspirants and 199 House of Assembly aspirants are to contest the primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress in Kwara State on Sunday (today).

The state APC chairman, Mr. Bashir Bolarinwa, said there were no fewer than 13 governorship aspirants in the state.

He said the aspirants include, Alhaji AbdulRahman Abdulrasaq; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Dele Belgore; Alhaji Lukman Mustapha, Alhaji Hakeem Lawal, Alhaji Kawu Modibbo, Alhaji Moshood  Mustapha, Prof. Oba Abdulraheem, and  Ambassador Seriki Yahaya.

Others are Alhaji Saliu Mustapha, Alhaji Shuaib Abdullahi, Mr. Tajudeen Audu, Mr. Kayode Abdulwaheed and Alhaji Yahaya Gobir.

He, however, said the lists of cleared or uncleared aspirants were yet to be released by the APC National Working Committee.

He added that there were 32 senatorial aspirants and 93 aspirants to the state House of Assembly.

In an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Friday, the Head, Media and Strategy, APC, Kwara State chapter, Mr. Kayode Zubaire, said no about 250,000 APC members had registered in the state.

The state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Tunde Ashaolu, told one of our correspondents that the state PDP had 10 governorship aspirants; six for Senate; 45 for the House of Representatives and 106 for the House of Assembly.

The governorship aspirants include, Dr Ali Ahmad, Mr. Razak Atunwa, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Senator Mohammed Lafiagi, Alhaji Ladi Hassan, Aliyu Ahman-Pategi,  Alhaji Saka Isau (SAN),  Prof Sulaiman Abubakar, Alhaji Mohammed Ajia and Alhaji Zakari Mohammed.

While some emirs and aspirants from the Kwara North Senatorial zone argued that the next state governor should come from the zone, some aspirants from from Kwara Central disagreed with the emirs and some governorship aspirants over the demand for power shift.

Zakari Mohammed confirmed that emissaries had been sent to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on the need for him to intervene and ensure that Kwara North was allowed to produce the next governor.

He said, “It is a fact that we have been on the Kwara North agenda for long. I met the governor some days ago and asked him to discuss the issue with Saraki. We also went to see Saraki and we told him what we want.”

But Ajia, speaking on the sidelines of the unveiling of his blueprint for the state, said for PDP to retain power in the state, Kwara Central should produce the next governor.

He said, “As a political party, you must look for your best bait. Today, we have a challenge on our hands where the opposition is organising themselves to make sure they pull down the PDP. Looking at a particular section will not be the priority. The best candidate that the youth, women and the people will accept is what will be the principal and not the section.”

Saliu Mustapha, during his declaration, said though by morality, Kwara North should be considered, but for the APC to win the election and displace the current ruling political elite in the state, led by Saraki, it was strategically necessary for the APC to have its governorship candidate from the Kwara Central.

Meanwhile, there had been agitations by APC stakeholders over the mode of primaries in the state.

Bindow, opponents fight over delegates

In Adamawa State, accusations of plans to ‘house’ delegates trailed the last-minute scramble by Governor Jibrilla Bindow and his main challenger for the

governorship ticket of the APC, Mahmood Halilu, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s in-law.

Most delegates participating in the primary today (Sunday) to elect the APC governorship standard bearer for Adamawa State, who have flooded the state capital, are allegedly being camped in various hotels in the state capital ahead of the exercise.

But a group, Mahmood Halilu Delegates Canvassers and Mobilisation, led by Promise Nashan, on Friday, accused party agents working for Bindow of planning to evacuate all delegates to the Government House.

Nashan said, who addressed journalists report reaching them indicated that the governor planned to ‘hijack’ all delegates in the Government House.

“We reject the unlawful imprisonment of delegates that shut out the door against others from a democratic tenets enshrining freedom of choice and participation,” the group said.

As of the time of filing this report, Halilu was meeting with delegates and canvassing for their support ahead of the Sunday’s primaries.

Borno battles allegation of ‘warehousing’ of delegates

Also, the delegates at the governorship primary of the APC in Borno State have allegedly been made inaccessible to aspirants.

A statement on Friday by the Alhaji Idris Mamman Durkwa Governorship Campaign Organisation, said, “Delegates’ fundamental rights of choice are being denied. They have been warehoused and restricted from meeting with aspirants so as to enable a level playing ground.”

The statement by the chairman of the campaign organisation, Alhaji Mala Othman, also alleged that “there is also a deliberate misinformation of our candidate to the good people of our party and the general public on his political aspiration.”

Fears pervade Benue aspirants

In Benue, fear has gripped governorship aspirants of the APC and their PDP counterparts as both parties hold their governorship primaries today.

Six aspirants — Emmanuel Jime, Benjamin Adayin, Arch Asema Achado, Titus Zam, Akanger Audu and Michael Iordiye — are contesting on the platform of the APC.

Contesting the ticket of the PDP are Governor Samuel Ortom, Telumun Nyitse, John Tondo, Felix Atume and Dave Iorhemba.

The aspirants were said to be making consultations with the delegates.

One of the aspirants was said to have asked his supporters to remember him in their prayers as he participates in the primary today.

Ortom told SUNDAY PUNCH that there was no cause for alarm as he prepared for today’s primary.

The governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said that being made the leader of the party in the state would make the battle easier for him.

“The governor is not panicking at all; he is set for the primary tomorrow and the party has assured that a level-playing ground would be provided.

“And now that he is the leader of the party, he has assured other aspirants of a level-playing field, he has done enough to get the nod of the delegates,” Akase said.

Also, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the APC, Benjamin Adayin, said his team was confident of emerging victorious in today’s primary.

Adayin, who said he was in a crucial meeting, stated, “We are not afraid at all. We are confident of winning provided the primary is free and fair.”

Meanwhile, the police in the state said they were combat ready to ensure that violence did not mar the primary.

The spokesman for the command, Moses Yamu, stated, “The command is ready for the primary elections of the two main parties holding tomorrow (today).

“Already our officers early this morning (Friday) embarked on confidence patrol. All the venues for the primary elections are being taken care of.

“We have deployed our officers to all the venues, so there no cause for alarm,” Yamu said.

Masari set to clinch Katsina ticket

From all indications, Governor Aminu Masari looks set to emerge victorious in today’s (Sunday) governorship primary of the Katsina State chapter of the APC.

There are, however, loud murmurs ahead of the primary from the camps of the other two governorship aspirants battling Masari for the ticket.

The other aspirants are Abubakar Isa and Garba Dankani.

Isa, at a press conference in Katsina late on Thursday, expressed fears about the primary.

He said, “The so-called executive members of the party were illegally elected in a phantom congress of the party.

“Their so-called election, is now a subject at many high courts and the Federal Court in Katsina State and therefore ineligible to take decision on behalf of the party and its members”.

The APC state Publicity Secretary, Abu Danmusa, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the state executive of the party had always been carrying along the party’s national headquarters in all the steps so far taken.

He said, “As far as I am concerned, it is only the court of law that can declare whether an action is legal or not and up until now, we have not received any injunction concerning the governorship primaries.

“Please note, it is not Katsina APC that is organising the primaries, but the national body. And the party’s national working committee has cleared three aspirants including his Excellency, Governor Aminu Masari to contest the primary.

“We expect at least thirteen (13) delegates from each of the 361 wards in the state. Also expected at the primary are 13 delegates from each of the 34 local governments made up of the executives of each of the councils.”

The Akida group in Katsina APC, had earlier, publicly raised its voice against the state executive of the party, shortly after the state executive adopted indirect primaries to elect the party’s candidates for the 2019 election.

Now that the APC National working Committee had approved indirect primaries for Katsina State, and members of the Akida group had kicked against it, observers await how the party will handle anticipated issues that will definitely trail today’s(Sunday) governorship primary.

Yari meets aggrieved aspirants

Also, as part of concerted efforts to douse the uproar generated by the alleged imposition of Mukhtar Shehu by Governor Abdulazziz Yari of Zamfara State, as the APC governorship candidate, stakeholders held a marathon meeting on Friday.

It was learnt that Yari convened a last-minute meeting with the aggrieved aspirants on Friday to reach an amicable resolution of all contending issues.

A reliable source, however, said the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Ali (retd.), who is one of the aggrieved aspirants, was not at the meeting. Also, Senator Kabiru Marafa, who, though was cleared but will not be participating in the the exercise, was not at the meeting.

However, the meeting has yet to come out with a position, as at the time of going to press.

Meanwhile, the arrowhead of the aggrieved aspirants, Marafa, had announced his non-participation in the party governorship primary, holding nationwide today.

Senator Marafa, while addressing his supporters, stated that he would not participate in the primary election, in adherence to a court order not recognising any faction of the party state executive committee.

Controversy over APC members’ list stirs anxiety in Abia

Ahead of the APC governorship primary in Abia State, one of the aspirants, Mr. Chidike Ukauwa, has announced his withdrawal from the race.

Ukauwa said he decided to step down for one of the frontline governorship aspirants in the party, Mr. Uchechukwu Ogah, who he described as his master.

He said, “I want to say that I am not withdrawing because I have been settled by Ogah. No, I have not been settled; he has not given me any dime. Ogah is my master and I do not want to fight him.”

But the chairman of the APC the state, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, said the party was prepared to conduct the primary on Sunday.

He said, “We are doing direct primary. All the validly registered members of the party will vote in their various wards, while the votes will be collated at local government headquarters.”

He said the party will ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.

However, the party register for members of the APC may cause a big challenge in the conduct of the primary.

Nwankpa said on Saturday that some wards and the Ohafia Local Government registers were not sent to the state secretariat from the national secretariat in Abuja.

He said the state executive council would allow members of the primary election committee to determine what would happen to such areas.

But the aspirants standing for election and other leaders of the party did not feel comfortable with the development.

It was learnt that some names of the party big wigs in the Bende LGA, including the leader of the party in the state, Chief Orji Kalu, were missing on the register.

Meanwhile, seven aspirants have obtained the nomination and expression of interest forms for the ticket of the APC in the 2019 general elections.

They include a former deputy governor of the state, Chief Chris Akomas; Chief Ikechi Emenike, and Ogah.

The others are Friday Nwosu, Pual Ikonne, Dr. Okey Emuchay and the former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Martins Azubuike.

Bauchi gov aspirants allege intimidation, inducement

In Bauchi State, three governorship aspirants have alleged that the state government has perfected plans to use thugs to intimidate voters at the governorship primary holding today.

The aspirants – Captain Bala Jibrin, Yakubu Lame and Dr. Ali Pate – made the allegations at a joint press conference in Bauchi on Saturday.

The aspirants also alleged that security operatives were being used to intimidate and coerce the voters by all means in favour of Governor Mohammed Abubabakar who is seeking reelection.

They jointly accused the state government of using state funds to buy votes by ensuring that all the card-carrying members of the party were forced to vote against their wishes. They added that the government was doing that  because the governor and his government had already lost popularity and this made the national secretariat of the party to order direct primaries in the state.

According to the three aspirants, they have evidence that the sum of N5m was given to each of the party executives at the local government levels for onward transmission to the party members at that level in order to vote for the incumbent governor, Mohammed Abubakar.

The aspirants further alleged that their supporters were being harassed, arrested and questioned by security operatives without provocation.

Also speaking to Sunday PUNCH, Shehu Ningi, a supporter of one of the aspirants, Dr. Ali Pate, said fake ballot papers had been printed, which would be used for the primary.

He said, “What we have heard is that fake ballot papers have been printed. In fact, I have seen some of them myself.”

Also speaking with one of our correspondents, Duke Dambam, said he was arrested by the police in Dambam on the directive of the Divisional Police Officer.

He said, “I was in my house in Dambam praying on Friday when three policemen came to my house. They said they got information from the Dambam Local Government Area chairman of the APC that the party’s membership cards were being distributed in my house.

“They searched but found nothing incriminating against me but they arrested me  and took me to their office, saying the DPO said they should bring me.”

Efforts to get the state government’s reaction to the allegations proved abortive.

The Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubabakar Al-Sadique, directed SUNDAY PUNCH to the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Ali M. Ali, who failed to return the calls of one of our correspondents.

The odds favour el-Rufai as sole candidate

Ahead of today’s governorship primaries of the APC in Kaduna State, the coast seems clear for the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to emerge as the candidate of the party in 2019 governorship.

The National Working Committee of the APC, conceded to the state to adopt the indirect primaries mode of election during Sunday’s governorship primary.

This was after a fierce battle with other party stakeholders in the state, notably among them, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, and other stakeholders, who rejected the indirect primary mode of election.

Sani and his supporters preferred the direct mode of primary which they claimed was more transparent. But the NWC turned down their request.

Meanwhile, all is set for today’s governorship primaries of the PDP in the state after weeks of confusion among the governorship aspirants.

Those aspiring to unseat El-Rufai from the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, if given the nod by party delegates in today’s primary, are a former governor of the state, Alhaji Ramallan Yero; former Director-General of the National Emergency Agency, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi; an ally of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, representing the Kaduna North Senatorial District; former member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Isa Ashiru; a former Finance Controller of the Economic Community of African State, Mohammed Sani-Bello; as well as a former Director of Human Resources, Dangote Group of Companies, Dr. Shuaibu Mikati.

Ihedioha, Anyanwu reach truce after Imo PDP marathon meeting

Ahead of today’s (Sunday) governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party in Imo State, two political foes, eyeing the governorship ticket of the party, Emeka Ihedioha, and Senator Samuel Anyanwu have pledged their support for a peaceful outcome.

This is coming after a nine-hour closed-door meeting in Owerri, which was presided over by the state chairman of the party, Charles Ezekwem.

Ihedioha, who is the immediate past deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and Anyanwu, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, have engaged themselves in volatile campaigns in the build up to the Sunday showdown.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, where neither of the two agreed to step down for the other, Ezekwem described the outcome of the meeting as very fruitful.

He said that the peace meeting was brokered by Imo PDP Integrity Forum.

Ezekwem, who was flanked by Ihedioha and Anyanwu, alongside other party chieftains, said, “We have invited journalists to let the world know that the immediate past deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, and Senator Samuel Anyanwu have agreed to bury their differences and work for the growth and success of our party after the primary election on September 30.”

“We have mandated their social media aides, who have been insulting these great politicians, to desist from that nonsense or else they will have the party to contend with.

“I want to state without missing words that the duo of Ihedioha and Anyanwu are eminently qualified to be governor of the state. I will be happy to have any of them as the next governor of Imo State. What is important is for PDP to reclaim Imo Government House in 2019 not these campaigns of calumny, bitterness and wickedness.”

Ihedioha told journalists that he had agreed to work with Anyanwu for the overall best interest of the party.

The former deputy speaker said, “I have agreed to work with my brother, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, in the best interest of our party and our state, Imo.

“We agreed that whoever wins the ticket would work with the other in order for PDP to win the general election. If I win the ticket, I will carry Senator Anyanwu along and if he wins the ticket, he will equally carry me along.”

Anyanwu, who collaborated what Ihedioha, maintained that the interest of the party must override personal expectations.

The lawmaker said, “We have agreed to work for a violent-free primary. We have agreed to work together so that we can reclaim Government House, Owerri, and provide quality leadership for our people.”

Curfew will not affect Plateau PDP primary — Sango

The dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Jos town will not affect the Plateau PDP governorship primary today, says the state Chairman, Mr. Damishi Sango.

“The curfew will have no effect on our plans; from our arrangement, we shall be through by 5pm,” Sango told the NAN on Saturday in Jos.

NAN reports that the state government imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state capital on Friday, following skirmishes that trailed the killing of some people in Rukuba, a settlement on the outskirts of the city.

A statement by the state government said that the curfew would start at 6pm and end at 6am daily.

On the report of the Senator Nasir Mantu committee, which was set up to reduce the number of the governorship aspirants, Sango said none of the 13 aspirants stepped down.

“All the 13 aspirants are slugging it out for the ticket. The good thing is that they have agreed to support the winner.

“They have also asked the party to conduct a transparent election and have been assured of that,” he said.

Success Nwogu,  Chidiebube Okeoma, Hindi Livinus, Kayode Idowu, John Charles, Olaide Oyelude, Adeniyi Olugbemi, Ogbonnaya Ikokwu,  Armstrong Bakam, Godwin Isenyo   (Punch)

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