The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday held primaries across Nigeria to elect its flag bearers for the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly in the forthcoming 2023 election. This political exercise was tainted with controversy as a good number of voting locations recorded some sort of chaos.

Results so far 
As in every election, there were notable upsets as the daughter of the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, Orode, lost the PDP Warri North Constituency ticket to Fred Martin. Minority leader of Ondo State House of Assembly Rasheed Elegbeleye also conceded the ticket to Akintola Olarenwaju.

The party executives in Lagos, Imo and Plateau states shifted the political exercise to today, May 23rd 2022. Meanwhile, Edo State held parallel primaries with Dan Orbih, PDP’s Vice Chairman (Southsouth) claiming that the party’s executive from Abuja monitored the process. 

In Akwa Ibom state, party members boycotted the elections over suspicions of manipulation of the ad hoc delegate congress. There will be a court hearing of the matter on Wednesday. 

Violence struck Osun State as gunmen abducted some delegates in Ora-Igbomina, Ila, Ikire, Otan, Igbajo and Akesin communities.

In Sokoto, Jigawa and Enugu state, they elected aspirants through consensus arrangements. Joju Fayose, son of the former Governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose, won candidacy for Ekiti Central Constituency. 

The House of Representatives Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, secured PDP’s ticket for Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency of Delta State.

Other news 
APC has postponed the screening of the 28 presidential aspirants scheduled for today, Monday 23rd May 2022, with no new date yet announced.

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