With PDP, Nigeria Shall Rise Again – Ayu

PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, speaks during the party’s 2022 Special National Convention at the MKO Abiola International Stadium in Abuja on May 28, 2022.

 

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyorchia Ayu, has called on Nigerians to vote for the main opposition party in the 2023 general election, saying that the country will rise again under its administration.

Ayu made the call on Saturday during the 2022 Special National Convention which was held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government for its handling of the nation’s economy, lamenting that Africa’s most populous country is now the headquarters of poverty in the world.

According to the PDP National Chairman, Nigerians are yearning for the return of the opposition party at the federal level.

READ ALSO: PDP Denies Postponing 2022 National Convention

This, to Ayu, is because the indices under the current administration from terrorism to job creation, debt as well as security challenges has shown that things have worsened.

“In December when we took over, I urged you all to keep hopes alive that with PDP, Nigeria shall rise again.  Today, as I welcome all you delegates, observers and stakeholders to our national convention, I repeat the same words to you. Don’t lose hope, don’t give up on Nigeria. PDP is coming to the rescue,” he said.

“We have done fairly well in the byelections that have held across the country. If we competed on level-playing grounds, if INEC were resisted to external pressures and if security agents did not militarise some of the election’s environment, your great party – the PDP – would have done much better.

“The byelections serve as a very important point, they are a referendum on APC’s misrule. The outcomes of the elections show that Nigerians want us back in power. The reasons are obvious.

“Nigeria is now both the poverty capital of the world, also Nigeria is the third most terrorized country. The economy has collapsed, the government now prints or borrows money to pay salaries, unemployment is about 35 per cent, the government now shares sovereignty with terrorists.”

Senator Ayu encouraged the delegates and other Nigerians not to give up on the country, saying that things will get better if PDP returns to power.

He cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to be used by politicians to mar the integrity of the electoral process.

This is even as he appealed to security agencies not to interfere with the nation’s general elections.

El-Rufai’s Ex-Chief Of Staff Dattijo Wins Kaduna Central APC Senatorial Ticket

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, former Chief of Staff to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, wins Kaduna central senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, a former chief of Staff to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai,  has won the Kaduna central senatorial seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

Abdullahi was returned unopposed in the primary election held on Saturday at the Murtala Square in the Kaduna State capital. His two opponents – Usman Sani and Hajia Rabi Salisu – withdrew from the contest shortly before the exercise commenced.

READ ALSO: ‘Fake Results’: Why I Will Not Attend PDP Convention – Chidoka

While announcing the result, the Returning Officer of the election, Mohammed Afeez Bayero, said, 396 delegates showed up for the election and all were accredited, but at the end of the poll, Abdullahi scored 388 votes, while eight were invalid.

Speaking after his declaration as the winner, Abdullahi expressed appreciation to the aspirants who withdrew from the contest and solicited their support to ensure the party becomes victorious at the general election.

He expressed optimism that the APC will become victorious in the general election considering the good work of Governor El-Rufai’s administration.

Katsina APC Guber Primary: Inuwa Concedes Defeat, Pledges To Support Dikko Radda

Former Katsina SSG, Mustapha Inuwa

 

Former Secretary to the Katsina State Government and one of the nine Katsina All Progressives Congress (APC)  governorship aspirants defeated during the recently concluded primary, Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has conceded defeat, pledging to support the winner, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda. 

Radda was on Friday declared winner of the Katsina State All Progressives Congress governorship primary after he secured 506 votes to defeat Inuwa, his closest rival who got 442. Inuwa was followed closely by Abbas Umar Masanawa who scored 436 votes.

READ ALSO: APC Postpones Presidential Primary To June 6

Senator Abubakar Yar Adua got 32 votes; Faruk Lawal Jobe, 71; Abdulkarim Dauda Daura, 7; Umar Abdullahi Tsauri Tata, scored 8; Mannir Yakubu, 65 votes; and Architect Ahmed Dangiwa, 220.

Addressing a press conference in Katsina on Friday, the former SSG thanked his teeming supporters, friends, well-wishers and political associates for their cooperation, understanding and encouragement during the primary, praying that God Almighty will reward them abundantly.

He also commended the support he enjoyed from the 442 delegates who sacrificed to vote for him, restating his commitment to support the winner of the primary, Dr. Dikko Radda in order for him to emerge winner of the 2023 general elections.

Inuwa also called on his supporters and well-wishers to support the Katsina APC governorship candidate.

Police Confirm 31 Dead In Rivers Church Stampede

The scene of the stampede in Rivers State.

 

At least 31 persons have died in a stampede at a programme organised by a Pentecostal church, Kings Assembly, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Police spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, confirmed the casualty figure.

Channels Television gathered that the stampede occurred at the Polo Club in Port Harcourt.

The tragedy occurred when a large crowd of persons attempted to push through a small entrance.

READ ALSO: One Killed As Youths Clash In Bauchi

It was gathered that guests began arriving the Polo Club as early as 6:30am for the event slated for 9am, but met the gate locked.

However, at about 8am, some sports men arrived and opened the small entrance to have their training session, only for the crowd to see it as an opportunity to access the tent that was mounted by the church for the program.

A similar incident in December 2020 also claimed some lives when a crowd gathered for a Christmas palliative organized by an online sales platform in Port Harcourt.

 

Below are more pictures from the scene:

Many are believed to have died in a stampede at a church program organised by Kings Assembly in Port Harcourt on May 28, 2022.

Many are believed to have died in a stampede at a church program organised by Kings Assembly in Port Harcourt on May 28, 2022.

Many are believed to have died in a stampede at a church program organised by Kings Assembly in Port Harcourt on May 28, 2022.

PDP Denies Postponing 2022 National Convention

The PDP National Convention was scheduled to hold at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on May 28, 2022. Taiwo Adeshina/Channels Television
The PDP National Convention was scheduled to hold at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, on May 28, 2022. Taiwo Adeshina/Channels Television

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied postponing its 2020 national convention scheduled for Saturday.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, PDP delegates had gathered in Abuja, the nation’s capital where the exercise is expected to take place.

But there had been some media reports that the main opposition party may postpone the exercise, hours after the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) shifted its convention to June 6.

In a statement issued on Saturday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the party is not thinking of shelving the convention for a later date.

READ ALSO: PDP Slams INEC’s Decision To Extend Deadline For Party Primaries

“For the avoidance of doubt, the PDP states in very clear terms that is has not postponed its 2022 Special National Convention. The 2022 Special National Convention of the PDP is on course as scheduled today, Saturday May 28, 2022 and there is no contemplation whatsoever for postponement,” the statement read.

“The PDP as a party of due process has since commenced processes to elect our Presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections in line with our mission to rescue and rebuild our nation from misrule.”

According to him, the PDP “remains focused and will not be distracted by the shenanigans and underhand dealings of the rudderless, deceitful and manipulative All Progressives Congress (APC), which is desperate to orchestrate uncertainties, derail the electoral process and subvert the Will of the people in the 2023 general elections.”

This is even as Ologunagba stated that the exercise “is already on course, our Presidential candidates, national delegates, teeming members of our great Party and Nigerians from across the country are set for the National Convention, which will at the end, credibly and transparently deliver a Presidential candidate who will be the choice of majority of Nigerians in the 2023 general elections.”

The PDP spokesman also charged party members, swarming supporters, the International Community, election monitors and the general public to disregard and completely discountenance suggestions that the 2022 Special National Convention has been postponed.

He insisted that that “APC is fighting a lost battle as its resort to manipulations and underhand dealings can never sway Nigerians in their determination to vote out the APC in 2023 and commence the rebuilding of our nation on the platform of the PDP.”

One Killed As Youths Clash In Bauchi

INEC Resumes Collation Exercise For Bauchi Governorship Election Today
Bauchi state is bordered by seven states, Kano and Jigawa to the north, Taraba and Plateau to the south, Gombe and Yobe to the east and Kaduna to the west.

 

One person has been confirmed dead and several others injured in a clash between youths in Yelwa area of Bauchi State.

The Bauchi State Police Command disclosed this to Channels Television via a statement issued on Saturday, adding that several houses were also razed.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Ahmed Wakil, blamed the development on rivalry amongst youths of Anguwan Taya and Yelwan Tsakani and then extended to other parts of Yelwa which includes Lushi and Anguwan Kusu.

“As a result, five houses were set ablaze, four persons sustained various degrees of injuries and one was certified dead by a medical doctor,” the statement read.

READ ALSO: Bwacha Declared Winner Of Taraba APC Gov Primary, Election Chair Alleges Threat To Life

As part of measures to bring the situation under control, the State Police Command deployed police operatives comprising Tactical teams, Mobile Police Force, Rapid Response Squad (RRS), and Quick intervention Unit(QIU).

This is even as visibility patrols are ongoing to maintain peace and prevent further breakdown of law and order in the affected area as well as the Bauchi metropolis.

“The Commissioner of Police CP. Umar Mamman Sanda has ordered a discreet investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring the perpetrators of the dastardly acts to justice.

“The CP further appeals to the general public for calm and to go about their lawful business as normalcy had since been restored in the affected area, please,” the police spokesman added.

Ekweremadu Denies Joining Labour Party

File photo: Former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu,

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has denied joining the Labour Party.

Ekweremadu, who is currently representing Enugu West Senatorial District, earlier joined the Enugu State governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A day before the commencement of the PDP primary election, the lawmaker announced his withdrawal from the race on Thursday.

His withdrawal from the race, however, sparked speculations that the Senator may join ex-Anambra State Governor Peter Obi at the Labour Party.

READ ALSO: 2023 Elections: Peter Mbah Wins Enugu PDP Guber Ticket With Wide Margin

But Ekweremadu’s media office issued a statement on Saturday, debunking reports that the ex-deputy Senate President plans to join the LP.

“Our attention has been drawn to an online misinformation to the effect that former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has joined the Labour Party,” the statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, read in part.

“This is false and should be disregarded.”

Kaduna APC Governorship Aspirant Sha’aban Rejects Primary Election Result

APC gubernatorial aspirant in Kaduna state, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Sha’aban

 

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna state, Alhaji Sani Mohammed Sha’aban has rejected the  primary election result held on Thursday, alleging that the poll was fraught with irregularities.

The gubernatorial primary in the state was won by Senator Uba Sani who scored 1,149 votes, while Bashir Abubakar came second with 37 votes and Sha’aban was third with 10 votes.

Speaking during a press conference on Saturday in Kaduna State, Sha’aban dismissed the process.

He alleged that the election was a ‘charade’, as most of the delegates from the 23 local governments were locked out of the voting venue and denied the right to vote for  candidates of their choice.

READ ALSO: ‘Nigerians Are Waiting For Us:’ Bode George Optimistic Of Hitch-Free PDP Convention

“We followed the due process by complaining, we wrote letters, we made telephone calls, we made physical visitations hoping that the party leadership will stand to our calls, but as I am talking to you today, there wasn’t any response,” he said.

“APC in Kaduna is behaving as if it is the only party today in Kaduna State, as if there are other parties that are not even participating. We all know that one of the fundamental requirements by any party is to have a congress that is going to be free and fair.

“That congress will produce delegates that will elect candidates for various offices. Kaduna State never had that opportunity, privilege. Kaduna State has a ruling party in APC. If there is anything that has to be done, we should be able to be laying a good example – a good leadership.”

However, the returning officer from the APC headquarters, Anachuna Izu, said Senator Sani scored  the highest number of votes to emerge as the winner of the election.

Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which monitored the primary, described the exercise as free, fair and transparent.

Bwacha Declared Winner Of Taraba APC Gov Primary, Election Chair Alleges Threat To Life

Former Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

 

Former Deputy Senate Minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has emerged winner of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Taraba State.

The Chairman of the APC Governorship Primary Election in the state, Lawrence Onuchukwu, declared Bwacha winner at a press briefing in Jalingo, saying he defeated all the other eight aspirants to emerge as the party’s candidate for the 2023 general elections.

Shortly after the declaration on Friday, the Committee Chairman alongside other members boarded a private jet and exited the north-eastern state.

Onuchukwu alleged that his life was under threat, adding that members of the committee were held hostage.

According to him, he was forced at gun point to declare that he has not authorised the governorship primary to commence across the state due to unresolved issues.

READ ALSO: APC Postpones Presidential Primary To June 6

“What happened yesterday was quite unfortunate. However, election was conducted, few aspirants were happy with the conduct of the election,” he said.

“My members and I were held hostage at a particular location where we could not raise our legs up and we were at gunpoint, under duress to address the press that there was nothing like election which was actually held and after that they allowed us to leave which was the only condition for us to be alive.

“For me it is only a tree that can be cut down and its still there, but we as humans we have to run for out dear lives by doing what they want us to do, but that was not the real position of the truth.

“The result of the exercise was won by one Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and we have declared him the winner of the election.”

On his part, Senator Bwacha reiterated that his victory is valid and called on other contestants to close ranks and sheath their swords.

“I accept this offer from my party and pledge to work in harmony with those who contested with me and I am calling on them to close ranks and define a new road map for the APC which has for long been in the opposition,” he stated.

“At a designated time, I will reach out to those who lost out individually and collectively, because one person must emerge among many contestants and it is not a do or die matter, but one done to restore the lost glory of our state.

“If I say Taraba State is not sitting down on the precipice, I will be economical with the truth, but what we will do if victorious, we will redefine governance and dignity of civil service.”

This however did not go down well with six other aspirants of the party as they alleged that no APC governorship primary was conducted. They also asked the party’s national headquarters to intervene.

Speaking on behalf of the six other aspirants in the state, the Senator representing Taraba Central, Yusuf  Yusuf asked the party to conduct a governorship primary in Taraba or risk losing them to another party.

“We are surprise to know what has happened after the chairman of the committee said he has not authorized any election, only for us to be told he announced a result at the airport and jetted out,” he stated.

“We affirm that there was no election, no approval given, no duress whatsoever because we were there when he announced at the police headquarters that he has not authorized any election to hold in Taraba State.

“Due process of the law will be followed to ensure that internal dispute mechanism is judiciously used, and it will be followed by litigation in accordance to the electoral act of 2022.

“We will hold APC National accountable for whatever that happens to its followers in Taraba state and If the leadership of the party at the national headquarters are not prepared to accommodate our interest we will exit and think of other means of solving our issues.”

UPDATED: Abaribe Resigns As Senate Minority Leader, Dumps PDP For APGA

A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

 

The Minority leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Senator Abribe made his decision known in a letter to the Ward Chairman of the PDP in his ward, Ward 5, Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State.

In the letter dated May 24, 2022, the Senator wrote, “This development is consequent upon the shameful display of illegality, impunity, and undemocratic decision of the party and after due consultations with my constituents”.

Concerning his next move, he told Channels Television that he would be vying for the Abia South senatorial seat under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

In a separate letter, Senator Abaribe notified Senate President Ahmed Lawan of his resignation from the PDP.

“This also means my resignation as Minority Leader of the Senate,” he said.

“I wish to thank you and my dear colleagues in the leadership of the Senate for the warm camaraderie we enjoyed while I was Minority Leader.”

His resignation is his latest move following his bowing out of the Abia State PDP governorship race which was held on Wednesday.

In a later conveying his decision, the lawmaker cited the failure to establish a level-playing field for the aspirants and the interferences of godfathers.

READ ALSO: [Governorship 2023] I Will Not Be Part Of PDP Primaries – Abaribe

‘Defence Of My Convictions’ 

A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.
A file photo of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

 

“Accordingly, I Senator Enyinnaya Harcourt Abaribe will not be part of this charade,” he said in a statement captioned ‘Notice of Non-Participation in the Abia PDP Gubernatorial Primaries’.

“I am therefore not participating in the exercise, which means that I will not be part of the PDP governorship primary election that holds in Abia State on Wednesday 25th of May, 2022 as doing so would have amounted to an endorsement of an illegality that is already being challenged in the courts.”

The former deputy governor faulted what he described as a shambolic process in the lead-up to the elections.

“The implication for our party is grave and as such has put all ongoing primary exercises on quicksand,” the outspoken lawmaker said.

“I am known for standing firm in defence of my convictions for the right of all people to a free and fair democratic process. That was why my campaign set sail on a democratic journey that took us to all the nooks and crannies of our dear state.”

Below are Abaribe’s letters conveying his resignation from the PDP as well as the Senate Minority Leader’s post: 

Reps Member Umaru Bago Wins Niger APC Governorship Primary

The APC flag.

 

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Chanchaga Federal Constituency, Hon. Umar Bago has emerged the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Niger State.

Bago polled 386 votes to beat his closest rival, Publisher of Blueprints Newspaper, Idris Malagi, who raked in 154 votes.

Similarly, a former Minister of Sports, Sani Ndanusa came a distant third with 84 votes while the incumbent Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso got 17 votes to clinch the fourth position in the contest.

Other contestants who were opponents of the APC’s governorship flagbearer in the 2023 general elections include the state Deputy Governor, Ahmed  Ketso, Mohammed Kutigi, Aliyu Idris, Sani Ndanusa,  Idris Malagi,  Rufai Mohammed, Idris Makaranta, and Mohammed Kpautagi.

READ ALSO: 2023 Polls: INEC Considering Political Parties’ Request To Extend Timetable, Says Yakubu

The Chief Retiring Officer for the exercise, Barrister Nasir Juju announced that about 1, 049 delegates were accredited to participate in the elections which was held at the Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna.

While announcing the results, Juju said Bago had the highest votes in the elections held in Minna, adding that “Therefore, I, Barr Nasir Ibrahim as the chairman Electoral committee, declare Hon Umaru Bago as the winner of the elections.”

In his acceptance speech, Bago appreciated God for the success of the elections.

He equally called on the party supporters to suspend celebration of his victory at the party’s Primary election, saying “We are not yet there, we still have work ahead to do. It is my prayer that APC forms the next Government in the state.”

Bago also thanked the state Governor, Abubakar Bello for providing a level playing field for all the aspirants, while calling on other aspirants and their campaign committees to kindly sheath their swords for the good of the party and residents of the state.

Ex-Air Chief Sadique Abubakar Wins Bauchi APC Governorship Primary

File photo of the Chief of Air Staff, Sadique Abubakar

 

Former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Bauchi State.

He scored 370 votes out of 1021 votes cast to defeat six other aspirants who entered the race with him.

1028 delegates were accredited for the primary and seven votes were invalid.

The runner-up, a senator representing Bauchi Central, Haliru Jika got 278 votes while the first runner-up, an ex-state Commissioner for Finance, polled 269 votes.

Other aspirants are, a former Chairman of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Musa Babayo, who polled 70 votes; a former member of the House of Representatives representing Azase Federal Constituency, Farouq Mustapha, got 26 votes and ex-Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Mahmud Maijama’a, raked in eight votes while the Global Director for Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group, Ali Pate got 0 votes.

While addressing journalists shortly after the exercise, Abubakar described dedicated his victory to the people of Bauchi State as well as his party.

According to him, he would work towards the unity of the party in order to emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections.

“It is not a victory for me but a victory for all of us. I want to assure you that we will work together in other to change the narrative about Bauchi State out there. So the victory is for everybody,” he said.

“The victory means that we have to work together, mobilise people, transform the state and prepare for the elections in 2023.”

Abubakar, who was appointed as Chief of Air Staff in 2015 was replaced alongside other service chiefs in January 2021 when President Muhammadu Buhari picked other top military commanders.

Although President Buhari later appointed him as Nigeria’s ambassador to Chad, he resigned from that appointment to join the Bauchi governorship race.