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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

PDP postpones Niger governorship primaries by 24 hours over aspirants protest

The Gubernatorial primaries of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State earlier scheduled to hold on Wednesday, May 26, 2022 has been postponed following a protest by four of the five aspirants participating in the exercise.

According to report, the protest started due to an insinuations regarding the endorsement of one of the contestants, Alhaji Isah Liman Kantigi, as the preferred aspirant of the party, by the stakeholders and the state working committee of the party before the primary.

The protesting aspirants, Sani Kutigi, Sidi Abdul, Abdulrahman Gimba and Abubakar Jankara, insisted that delegates must identify themselves properly before they could be accredited.

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A total of 800 delegates were expected to elect the party’s governorship candidate.

The four aspirants took the decision that all delegates must identify themselves properly after an emergency meeting they held in one of the offices at the PDP secretariat, venue of the election.

Mr Jankara, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, conveyed their decision to the Chairman of the electoral panel and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.


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The protesters insisted that delegates must present means of identification, which should be a national drivers’ licence, a national identity card or international passport.

Efforts by Mr Ewhrudjakpo to pacify the aspirants to agree that the delegates be identified by the chairmen of their respective local governments failed.

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The four aspirants also intimated the head of the security team at the venue, Adedeji Taiwo, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, who advised them to put their complaint in writing.

Mr Ewhrudjakpo later informed journalists that he had directed all delegates to get means of identification and shifted the exercise to Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 9:00am.

The Peoples Deocratic Party, PDP, had been the ruling party in Niger State since the return of Democratic Governance in 1999 until the party lost power to the All Progressives Congress with incumbent Governor, Abubakar Sanni-Bello, who is in his Second term.

The Party is seeking to return to power in 2023 just as it is trying at the Federal Level.

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