Olajide Adediran, lead visioner of the Lagos4Lagos Movement, has clinched the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state.
The PDP governorship primaries were held in most states on Wednesday.
Declaring the result of the Lagos primary, Emmanuel Ogidi, the returning officer, said Adediran — better known as Jandor — scored 679 votes to defeat David Vaughan, who polled 20 votes.
Ogidi said 775 ad hoc delegates were scheduled to participate in the primary, but 709 were accredited.
“The total number of accredited voters is 709, and Olajide Adediran got 679 votes, David Kolawole Vaughan had 20, and we had 10 voided votes,” he said.
“Having satisfied all the requirements in our guidelines, I want to announce Dr Olajide Adediran as our candidate after scoring the highest votes of 679.
“He is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”
Four contestants — including Olanrewaju Jim-Kamal, Adedeji Doherty, Ade Dosunmu and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour — withdrew from the race before the commencement of the exercise.
The Lagos4Lagos movement — a group comprised mainly of All Progressives Congress (APC) supporters — was officially welcomed to the PDP in January 2022.
FORMER ABSU VC WINS IN ABIA
Uche Ikonne, the former vice-chancellor of the Abia State University (ABSU), won the PDP primary in the state.
He polled 468 votes to defeat five other contestants.
Lucky Igbokwe came a distant second with 45 votes, while the only female contestant, Ngozi Merenge, scored five votes.
Ude Oko-Chukwu, Abia deputy governor; as well as Enyinnaya Abaribe and Emma Nwaka – both senators — had earlier announced their withdrawal from the race.
SULE LAMIDO’S SON WINS
Mustafa Lamido, son of Sule Lamido, former Jigawa governor, was elected as the state’s PDP governorship candidate.
Isah Ahmed, the returning officer, said Mustafa scored 829 out of the 832 votes cast during the primary, while Saleh Shehu had no vote.
Adamu Bashir, one of the aspirants, announced his withdrawal a few hours before the commencement of the primary.
BARDE SECURES TICKET FOR GOMBE
In Gombe state, Mike Oghiadomhe, the returning officer, declared Jibrin Barde as the winner of the governorship primary.
Oghiadomhe said Barde got 160 votes to defeat five other aspirants — Jamil Gwamna (119 votes), Ali Gombe (17), Adamu Suleiman (18), Gimba Ya’u (one), and Babayo Ardo (13).
Barde, who was an aspirant in the 2019 governorship primary, decamped to the PDP in February 2021.
FORMER LAWMAKER WINS NASARAWA TICKET
David Ombugadu, a former member of the house of representatives, won the gubernatorial ticket of the PDP in Nasarawa state.
Bature Musa, chairman of the party’s electoral committee in the state, said Ombugadu polled 247 votes to defeat Nuhu Angbazo, who scored 203 votes.
“Having secured a total of 247, I thereby declare honourable David Ombugadu the winner of the Nasarawa state governorship primary election,” he said.
JAJARI WINS IN BORNO
Mohammed Jajari was elected as the governorship candidate of the PDP in Borno state.
He polled 487 votes to defeat Mohammed Imam, who secured 362 votes.
Announcing the results, Abdulrahman Bobboi, chairman of the governorship primary committee for Borno, said a total of 849 votes were cast.
EXERCISE POSTPONED IN NIGER
Meanwhile, in Niger state, the PDP primary was postponed till Thursday following protests by four of the five aspirants.
The aspirants — Sani Kutigi, Sidi Abdul, Abdulrahman Gimba and Abubakar Jankara — insisted that delegates must identify themselves properly before they could be accredited.
A total of 800 delegates are expected to elect the party’s governorship candidate.
Jankara, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, said the decision was conveyed to Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, chairman of the electoral panel and deputy governor of Bayelsa.
The aspirants insisted that delegates must present a means of identification, which should be a national driver’s licence, a national identity card or an international passport.
Efforts by Ewhrudjakpo to get the aspirants to agree that the delegates be identified by the chairpersons of their respective local governments failed.
The Bayelsa deputy governor later informed journalists that he had directed the delegates to get means of identification.
MOHAMMED ABACHA WINS IN KANO
Mohammed Abacha, son of late head of state Sani Abacha, won the parallel primary election in Kano.
Amina Garba, the returning officer, declared Abacha the winner after polling 736 votes to defeat Jafar Sani-Bello, who scored 710 votes.
Meanwhile, another parallel primary is ongoing at the Sani Abacha Youth Centre.
ISAH ASHIRU CLINCHES KADUNA
Isah Ashiru has again picked the PDP governorship ticket for Kaduna state.
A former state and federal lawmaker, Ashiru was the party’s candidate in 2019.
He polled 414 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Sani Sidi, a former director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) who scored 260 votes.
Ramalan Yero, a former governor of the state, scored 28 votes, Sani Abbas had 15, Haruna Saeed, a former accountant-general in the state, got 11 while Senator Shehu Sani had two votes.
UDOM’S ANOINTED CANDIDATE WINS AKWA IBOM
Umo Eno, the preferred candidate of Udom Emmanuel, governor of Akwa Ibom, won the governorship ticket in the state.
Philip Shuaibu, deputy governor of Edo state and chairman of the primary election committee, declared Eno the winner of the exercise which was held at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium.
Eno secured 993 votes, while a total of 1,018 delegates participated in the election.
He defeated his closest challengers — Onofiok Luke, a member of the house of representatives, who got two votes; and Bassey Albert, a member of the senate, who polled only one vote.
FINTIRI CLINCHES ADAMAWA TICKET
Ahmadu Fintiri, governor of Adamawa, won the governorship primary in the state, boosting his re-election bid.
Fintiri secured the party’s ticket after polling 663 votes.
Six hundred and sixty-eight delegates participated in the election held in Yola, the capital of the state.
OKOWA’S MAN BEATS IBORI’S ALLY IN DELTA
Sheriff Oborevwori, speaker of the Delta house of assembly, won the governorship primary in the state.
Oborevwori polled 590 votes to beat his closest rival, David Edevbie, a commissioner for finance during the James Ibori administration, who polled 113 votes.
Ibori, a former governor, is said to be backing Edevbie, while Oborevwori is the preferred candidate of Ifeanyi Okowa, the incumbent governor.
Other governorship hopefuls and their vote counts include James Manager (83), Kingsley Otuaro, Delta deputy governor (9), Peter Mrakpor, former attorney-general (9), Fred Majemite (six), Ejaife Odebala (three), Abel Esievo (two), Braduce Angozi (two), Bright Onajefe-Gift (three), Chris Iyowaye (0), Lucky Idike (one), and Ikie Agbarianovwe (0).
MAKINDE GETS TICKET TO STAND FOR RE-ELECTION
Seyi Makinde, Oyo governor, was declared the winner of the PDP primary, after scoring 1,040 votes to defeat Hazeem Gbolarumi, who was his only opponent in the race.
The election was held at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
According to NAN, Mutiu Agboke, resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Oyo, and Abiodun Onigate-Amosun, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) administrative secretary, witnessed the primary.
Announcing the results, Abdullahi MaiBasira, secretary of the PDP electoral committee, said 1,048 delegates were accredited to vote.
BENUE SPEAKER DEFEATS DEPUTY GOVERNOR
Titus Uba, speaker of the Benue house of assembly, clinched the governorship ticket in an emphatic manner.
Uba polled 731 votes to defeat his closest rival, Benson Abounu, Benue deputy governor, who scored 81 votes.
The speaker won 21 out of the 23 LGAs in the state.
A total of 851 delegates voted in the governorship primary.
EX-ATIKU CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN WINS OGUN PARALLEL PRIMARY
Segun Sowunmi, the former spokesman of the Atiku Campaign Organisation, won the parallel primary of the PDP in Ogun.
Sowunmi polled 554 votes to defeat his closest rival, Jimi Lawal, who scored 30 votes, while Ladi Adebutu polled 15 votes.
Abayomi Daniel, chairman of the electoral committee, said 778 delegates were accredited, 702 votes were ratified while three votes were voided.
The election was monitored by officials of INEC and members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC).
EX-RIVERS ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL ELECTED FLAGBEARER
Fubara Siminialayi, former Rivers accountant-general, secured the ticket to contest the governorship election in 2023.
Siminialayi polled 721 votes out of the 890 votes cast to defeat 15 other hopefuls who participated in the election.
Walter Mbotu, chairman of the election committee, said Isaac Kamalu came second with 86 votes.
EX-STATE CHAIRMAN DEFEATS SPEAKER IN TARABA
Kefas Agbu clinched the PDP governorship ticket in Taraba.
Agbu, who recently resigned as the PDP state chairman, secured 443 votes to defeat four other contestants in the race.
Joseph Kunini, speaker of the state house of assembly, got 31 votes; Jerome Nyame received 24 votes, Joel Ikenya garnered 11 votes, while Buba Mafindi polled six votes.
UMAR WINS SOKOTO PRIMARY
Sa’idu Umar, former secretary to the Sokoto state government, won the ticket to contest the governorship election in 2023.
Umar won the election unchallenged after four top contestants withdrew from the race.
Munir Dan’iya, the deputy governor; Bello Goronyo, Sokoto PDP state chairman; Mukhtari Shagari, former deputy governor of the state; and Sagir Bafarawa, ex-commissioner for environment, announced their withdrawal before voting began.
Speaking after he was announced as the winner, Umar said: “I will continue to work hard for the success of PDP throughout the 2023 general elections and continue to remain loyal to all party’s decisions.”
FORMER SSG WINS BAUCHI TICKET
Ibrahim Kassim, former secretary to the Bauchi state government, clinched the PDP governorship ticket unopposed.
Hassan Grema, chairman of the primary election, said Kassim secured 655 votes with one vote voided.
“Ibrahim Kashim was the only aspirant of the party in the state and the delegates had to vote to complete due process in line with the electoral law,” he said.
PETER MBAH CLINCHES TICKET IN ENUGU
Peter Mbah, former commissioner of finance, won the PDP governorship primary in the state.
Mbah received a total of 790 votes to defeat his closest challenger Chijioke Edeoga, who got nine votes.
Six hopefuls, including Mbah, participated in the election after the withdrawal of about 12 others from the race.
The hopefuls announced their withdrawal from the contest after Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, governor of Enugu, was said to have announced Mbah as his preferred choice.
PLATEAU GOES MUTfWANG’S WAY
Caleb Mutfwang, a former council chairman of Mangu LGA, is the flagbearer of the PDP in Plateau state.
Mutfwang, a legal practitioner, polled 252 votes to defeat 13 other aspirants.
His closest opponent, Chief Wungak Kefas, scored 113 votes.
IN KWARA, ABDULLAHI GETS PDP TICKET
Yahman Abdullahi, a former member of the house of representatives, defeated two other aspirants to clinch the party’s ticket in Kwara.
The other aspirants were Ahman Pategi and Professor Issa Gana.
Niyi Owolade, the returning officer, said Abdullahi polled 518 out of the total 574 votes cast, while Pategi recorded 31 votes and Gana 14.