Disputes, anger and defections are now trailing many of the primaries held across the nation by the various parties to pick their candidates ahead of the April general elections. Highlight of these is Wednesday’s interim injunction issued by an Enugu State High Court restraining the National Chairman of the ruling PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo from parading himself as Chairman of the party pending the determination of a suit before the court.

Following is a state-by-state report on how the primaries went:

Ebonyi State: One man show

The incumbent governor, Martin Elechi, got the ticket  with a total of 634 votes out of the 638 authenticated votes. Four votes were  voided. . Governor Elechi, while accepting the result called for greater support to enable the PDP  win the 2011 governorship election in the state. Before the primary, a former Minister, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu who was interested in the  gubernatorial seat on the platform of PDP  withdrew from the race.

Zamfara State: Two primaries, two candidates

Formerly an ANPP state, the major challenge of  the now PDP state   was the factionalisation  of the party into ‘old’ and ‘new’ PDP which  in the governorship primary produced two candidates.

The state governor, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, emerged the candidate of one faction while a former Minister of State for Information and Communications, Alhaji Ikra Aliyu Bilbis, was elected as the candidate of the other faction. Governor Shinkafi  polled 576 votes to defeat his challenger, Alhaji Ikra Aliyu Bilbis who had 43 votes. At the parallel primary, Bilbis defeated  the governor  by 687 votes to 17.

Kebbi State: No stress

Jega: INEC chairman

Governor Saidu Dakingari picked the PDP ticket for a second term in the state. The governor’s popularity and of course the incumbent factor might have contributed to his victory .  Alhaji Dakingari polled 844 valid votes and was declared the winner by the state returning officer, Mr Ini Okorie.

Sokoto State: One automatic ticket

The  Sokoto State governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, was not challenged in the primary by any aspirant as he was the sole candidate. The governor polled 885 out of the  895 votes cast. The remaining ten votes were voided.

Jigawa State: Lamido tongue lashes Atiku

Governor Sule Lamido  picked the ticket for a second term forcing his predecessor, Governor Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, out of the party for ACN.

Niger state: No controversy

The automatic ticket factor played out for Governor Babangida Aliyu  who was the sole candidate for the gubernatorial primary in Niger state. Aliyu polled 1029 votes out of the total 1049 votes cast.

The governor was exhilarated  when he was giving his  acceptance speech. He thanked the delegates adding that “there is internal democracy in Niger State and  we have done it without any rancour.”

Kwara state : Father vs Son

The battle for the political soul of  Kwara state has pitched the godfather of Kwara  politics, Dr Olusola Saraki against   his governor son, Dr Bukola Saraki. Dr, Olusola Saraki  quit the ruling PDP alongside his associates for the ACPN which immediately gave its governorship ticket to Senator Gbemi Saraki.

In the senatorial race, Mr. Isiaka Gold, (Kwara Central),  Sha’ba Lafiaji, (Kwara North) and Simeon Ajibola, (Kwara South), were picked as PDP’s candidates.

Kogi state: Undue meddlesomeness

Alhaji Jubrin Isa Echocho, a former Director of Afri Bank emerged the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP having scored  361 votes to defeat 17 others. Former Minister of Justice Bayo Ojo scored 30 votes, Isa Kutepa 303 votes, Olusola Akanmode 63 votes, Deputy Governor Phillips Salawu 24 votes, Abiodun Ojo 50 votes, Salihu Atawodi 54 votes, while Secretary to the State Government Musa Ahmadu got one vote.

Senator Nicholas Ugbane,  Yakubu Mohammed, a journalist and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly and Mr. Clarence Olafemi, who were  also supposed to take part in the race had earlier stepped down .

Chief Bayo Ojo  blamed his loss on “money politics and the incumbency factor.”

Plateau state: A fight to finish

Governor Jonah Jang, got the endorsement of his party men to run as the 2011 PDP governorship candidate in the state. He  was the only aspirant in the party, as other contestants including his deputy, Pauline Tallen, had all defected to the Labour Party (LP).

These gubernatorial aspirants, including their loyalists seeking re-election into the House of Assembly did not participate in the screening of aspirants and House of Assembly primaries held  in the state on the PDP platform because  the Labour Party in the state  had  concluded for the harmonisation of the state executive of LP between those already on ground and the bigwigs joining the party.The gubernatorial aspirants that joined the Labour Party are Pam Dung Gyang; John Alkali; Dr Danladi Atu; Mr Chris Giwa; Mr. Damishi Sango and Sir Fidelis Tapgun, and the deputy governor, Mrs Pauline Tallen .

Akwa Ibom: Winners and losers

The incumbent, Chief Godswill Akpabio defeated other contenders to emerge the gubernatorial candidate of the ruling PDP in the state.

For the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), sevens aspirants including   the former minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator John James Akpanudoedeghe  jostled  to get the party’s governorship ticket for the race.

Cross River State: One candidate, one party

Governor Liyel Imoke did not encounter any stress in his bid to get a ticket for another term in office as  Cross River State Governor as he was the only aspirant for the election.

The  governor   got all the 744 votes cast by the delegates going to him. One vote was voided. Imoke would run with his current deputy.

For the senatorial race, Victor Ndoma-Egba, the deputy majority leader of the senate  won the PDP ticket for Cross River Central Senatorial  District . Bassey Ewa-Henshaw (PDP Cross River South) , a vocal senator in the current senate lost in the primary.

Ogun State: Wild, wild West

The Governor Daniel faction and the Jubril Martins-Kuye faction picked different candidates in the parallel primaires of the PDP. Mr. Gboyega Isiaka is the candidate of the Daniel group and Gen. Idowu Olurin that of Martins-Kuye faction.

House of Representatives Speaker, Dimeji Bankole, who recently made up with Daniel was among lawmakers who secured re-nomination ticket. He sailed through after his opponents, Mr. Fasiu Bakenne and Mrs. Titi Oseni stepped down for  him “in the interest of Egbaland, Ogun and PDP.”

Bauchi state: Delegates in his pocket

The race for the Bauchi State Government House was between the  incumbent Governor Isa Yuguda and Senator Baba Tela. But Yuguda got the ticket to run again amidst protest by Tela that the governor had pocketed  all the delegates that voted  at the polls.

Bayelsa state: Beware of militancy

President Jonathan was among the delegates that picked Gov. Timipre Sylva for another term. Mr Timi Alaibe, a former Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) defected from the PDP to the Labour Party (LP) to contest the governorship election in Bayelsa State.

Benue state: Akume takes a run

Governor Gabriel Suswam carried  the day. The  governor had long before the contest properly positioned himself and had the endorsement of the  delegates. Defeating  his opponent, Mr. Terver Kahki, was therefore expected.

For the national assembly race, the senate president, David Mark,  beat his rival, Lawrence Onoja, also a retired military general, for the third consecutive time to win the Benue South PDP senatorial ticket.  Mark scored 1,680 votes against Onoja’s distant 317 at the PDP senatorial primary. Onoja and Akume have joined the ACN.

Rivers state : Between the godfather and estranged son

Rotimi Amaechi,  perceived as one of  the top performing governors in the country  defeated  Mrs Dennisada Ben-Fiabema by 1139 votes to one, while former Governor Celestine Omehia, and Dr Moore Ojah-Cinda had no votes at all.

In the senatorial primary in Rivers state, Lee Maeba (PDP River South East), lost out . He lost the primaries after falling out with the  State governor.  Soon after he lost, he dumped the PDP for a yet-to-be-disclosed party on which platform he hopes to contest the election.

There is also  Sekibo of  ACN  who belongs to the camp of former Governor Peter Odili, to contend with in the guber election. Sekibo  would want to use the 2011 governorship to try to bounce back into reckoning.

Kaduna state: Dawn of a new beginning

The incumbent  state governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, emerged the PDP standard-bearer for the 2011 governorship election in the state. This was the first time a Christian would win gubernatorial primaries in the state on the PDP platform.

Other aspirants defeated by Yakowa were Alhaji Suleiman Hunkiyi, Shuaibu Idris Mikati and Hajiya Mairo Habib. He polled 904 votes.

In the National Assembly primaries, Caleb Zagi (PDP Kaduna South) lost the senatorial ticket to Esther Nenadi Usman, a former finance minister; while Mohammed Kabir Jibrin lost the Kaduna central PDP ticket to Abubakar Amisu Marago.  Alhaji Makarfi retained his senatorial ticket.

Imo State: Ohakim scales hurdles

In the governorship  primary , the immediate past  governor of the state Achike Udenwa  and some key politicians tried to mount hurdles  against the second term of Governor Ikedi Ohakim on the PDP governorship ticket in the 2011 elections. However,  the governor scaled through  with a total of 1089 votes, as against 17 votes for Udeagu and three votes for Emeka Nwajuba, in the election announced by the Dr Danlami Rukeye-led governorship election panel.

Ohakim described his  victory was an indication that the people had embraced democracy and promised  to deliver more democracy dividends to the people.

In the senatorial race in the state,  Osita Izunaso of Orlu in Imo state lost to Hope Uzodinma while Chris Anyanwu lost her Owerri zone ticket in Imo state to Mrs. Kema Chikwe, former aviation minister

Delta State: Will Uduaghan  make history?

Governor  Uduaghan got ticket of the PDP   just hours after his swearing-in as governor on account of his victory in the January 6th re-run.

Enugu State: Walking a tight rope

The  incumbent governor, Sullivan Chime finally emerged candidate after a long stalemate over primaries triggered by his face-off with the PDP National Chairman, Dr Okwesilieze Nwodo.

The  presidential intervention became necessary when all attempts at reconciliation failed.

The resolution of the crisis is however creating  more tension as some top chieftains of the party in the state are alleging  marginalsation in an arrangement that gave  Governor Sullivan Chime and the  national chairman of the party, the opportunity to determine the fate of aspirants in the primary elections.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information and Communications, Senator Ayogu Eze opposed a situation where  Dr Nwodo  was  given the chance to determine the emergence of candidates for the various elective positions in the North senatorial district.

Chime’s camp was  given the opportunity to produce the National Assembly and the House of Assembly candidates of the party for the 2011 polls for the rest two senatorial zones of the state, namely West and East zones.

The confusion in Enugu state raged until Wednesday when a court sitting in Enugu removed Nwodo as National Chairman of the party.

Gombe State:Goje gives his anointing

The immediate past Accountant General of the Federation, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo defeated eight other aspirants to emerge  the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in this year’s governorship election in Gombe State.

Dankwambo polled 400 votes in the primary to beat his closest contender , Dahiru Biri, who scored 32 votes. Abdulkadir Hamma Sale, another contender  had 19 votes while the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, came fourth with 13 votes.

Farouk Bamusa, Alhassan Mohammed Fawa, Bala Magaji and former ECOMOG commander, Major General Timothy Shelpidi, scored 7, 4, 3 and 1 vote respectively. Ten invalid votes were voided.

Abia state: Two primaries, one candidate

During the governorship screening for Abia state, only  Governor Theodore Orji and Mr. Tony Enwereuzor were cleared. But a parallel primary  held in Abia state and produced , Ikechi Emmanike, who did not scale the screening hurdle in Enugu . In the real primary, Orji  emerged the governorship candidate of the PDP .

Enyinaya Abaribe of Abia South emerged the senatorial candidate for another term in the senate.

Anambra state: Between the rich and the rich

There will be  no governorship election in Anambra this year.

Amidst crisis and confusion in PDP primaries, Annie Okonkwo of Anambra South was announced winner of  the PDP ticket for the senate while Alphonsus Igbeke, who defected from the ANPP to the PDP after  winning his senate seat after a three-year legal battle, lost his ticket to the wife of Chuba Okadigbo, the former senate president.

In the APGA primaries, allegations and counter- allegations reigned supreme.

In Anambra South Senatorial zone, former member representing Ihiala federal constituency, Chief Chuma Nzeribe, was allegedly imposed on the people by APGA, leaving one of the top contenders for the seat, Professor Nonso Mojekwu, frustrated.

In the North, Senator Joy Emodi was declared winner amidst  protests  by her opponents led  by Chief Mike Areh . Chief Chinedu Emeka, former Deputy Governor  withdrew  from the race after seeing  the way things  were going.

It was the same story  in the central senatorial zone where the former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof Dora Akunyili won.

Osun State: Allegations all the way

There will be no governorship election in the state following the recent swearing-in of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. However, there were primaries in respect of other elections with allegations that  some candidates of the PDP were anointed by the party. Oduoye said the primaries conducted in Osun Central were a sham  which could not help the party in the general elections. He alleged further that the officials sent from Abuja to supervise the primaries colluded with party executives in the state and turned the election into a do-or-die affair.

Lagos state:  Fashola gets the nod

Governor Raji Fashola finally got the nod to contest for a second term in office by the party.

The endorsement was done after the party’s National Executive Council met in its Lagos secretariat.  Tinubu raised Fashola’s hand in front of thousands of party loyalists, who had painstakingly waited to see the end of the political speculations.

The PDP elected Dr. Ade Dosunmu after polling 431 votes of the 846 votes cast by the delegates.

Others in the race were  Tokunbo Kamson who polled  182 votes and  the former Minister of State in the Ministry of Interior, Demola Seriki  who  polled 120 votes. Former Deputy Governor in Lagos, Otunba Femi Pedro, gathered 104 votes, Qudus Folami eight votes and Babatunde Gbadamasi gathered five votes.

Adamawa State: Buba Marwa decamps

Governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP,  Brigadier General Buba Marwa (rtd) left  the party after alleging  he was the target of the cancellation of the result of the December 28 ward congresses.

Incumbent Governor Murtala Nyako picked the PDP governorship ticket after polling 847 of the 874 total votes cast at the primary, while the former chairman of the party, Chief Joel Hamman Joda Madaki, scored 26 votes, according to the result announced by the chairman of the electoral committee, Alh. Aminu Salihu Yakudima.

Kano state: Will ANPP win again?

Kano state is largely an ANPP state although the ruling party at the centre is battling for the soul of the state. Some members of the PDP  were not satisfied with the result of the primary and left the party to take refuge in the Congress for Positive Change (CPC).Former minister of defence Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso won the governorship ticket. Kwankwaso, who was governor of  Kano State between 1999 and 2003 won with a total of 1,555 votes.

He defeated retired Col. Habibu Idris Shuaibu who scored 89 votes, Senator Muhammad Bello who got 71 votes and Alhaji Kabiru Kama Kasa who did not get any vote.

Yobe state: Senator Albashir rules

The PDP primaries in the state recorded an upset as Senator Usman Albishir defeated former minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri and Mallam Garba Umar to clinch the party’s governorship ticket for the general election in April.

Engineer Yakubu Bello withdrew from the race shortly before the commencement of the election while Hassan Saleh, erstwhile Secretary to Yobe State government also withdrew.

The PDP returning officer Mrs Vivian Anazodo said Albishir scored 388 votes; Waziri got 226 while Garba Umar scored 46. The election recorded three invalid votes.

Taraba state: Suntai beats them all

Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State won his second term ticket at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo polling 609 votes out of the total 693 votes cast by delegates.

Four aspirants contested against Suntai. Mohammed Tumba Ibrahim got 44 votes, Abdulrazeez Ibrahim, 25 votes and Jibrin Bello, one vote, while 10 votes were certified invalid.

Nassarawa state: Without rancour

Nasarawa State Governor Aliyu Doma  picked the ticket for a second term.

Doma’s main challenger, Alhaji Tanko Almakura defected to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).

In all, 571 delegates voted at the primaries, the governor got 556 while 14 votes were voided.

In the national assembly primary, Abubakar Sodangi, one of the longest serving senators who headed the panel that indicted Nasir El Rufai, former FCT Minister, lost his senatorial ticket to Abdulahi Adamu, former governor of the state.

Ondo state: Consensus is the game

The ruling party has  a consensus arrangement which obviously did not go down well in some quarters . Hence there was an outbreak of violence in the Labour Party primaries in the House of Assembly in Ondo State, in Oba-Akoko in Akoko South West local government and Owo council areas of the state and decampment by key party members to other parties.

A  lawmaker representing Akoko South West constituency 2, in the Assembly, Mr Abiodun Ogunbi, was allegedly beaten and  rushed to the emergency unit in Federal Medical Centre, Owo, for medical attention. The crisis  was caused by alleged substitution of delegates list by some people who wanted to impose candidates on the party.

In other constituenceis, Gbenga Edema, who recently decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party to the ruling Labour Party, polled 16 votes,  David Kudehinbu  scored 11 votes ahead of Kunle Odidi who currently  represents the constituency in the assembly. Odidi had 10 votes to come third in the keenly contested primary.

In Ilaje constituency, Oyebo Aladetan won the primary of the party to pick the ticket to represent Ilaje State Constituency I in the assembly beating Ogunyemi Johnson and Gbayisemore John. Aladetan, the incumbent lawmaker who got to the House on the platform of the PDP was among the lawmakers that defected to the Labour Party late last year.

The dispute over the primary elections saw the decampment of a former Minister of Power and Steel, Dr Olu Agunloye to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in order to realize his senatorial ambition. This development came as Mr Gboyega Adefarati, the son of the former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Adefarati ,was chosen by the party as the consensus candidate for the ACN in Akoko South West and South East federal constituency.

Agunloye until last week a senatorial aspirant of the LP in Ondo North Senatorial district said he left the party in order to realize his ambition to represent the zone in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.


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