Nigeria’s opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday conducted its primary election to elect candidates representing the party in the 2023 governorship election.
PDP’s only governorship representation in southwest Nigeria, Engineer Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Gov Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state floored their opponents as the former won with 1040 votes while the latter won all 668 accredited votes.
Similarly, in Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s endorsed choice, the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Sheriff Oborevwori, won the party’s gubernatorial ticket by defeating all other candidates.
In the southeast, Mr Peter Mbah, the preferred choice of Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, got the party’s ticket. Professor Uche Ikonne, the former vice chancellor of Abia State university, also secured the party’s governorship ticket following endorsement from Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
In both Akwa Ibom and Bauchi State, Pastor Umo Eno, former Commissioner for Lands and Water Resources, and Mr. Ibrahim Kashim Mohammed, former Secretary to Bauchi State Government, won the ticket.
Other winners include the former PDP chairman in Taraba, Kefas Agbu, Abdullah Yahman in Kwara state, Sheriff Abdullahi of Yobe State, David Ombugadu of Nasarawa, Muhammad Barde in Gombe State, former Account-General Siminialayi Fubara won in River State, Segun Sowunmi in Ogun state and Titus Uba in Benue state.
Worthy of note
One underlying factor that ensured the success of most of the governorship aspirants in the party’s primaries was an endorsement from the sitting governor of the state.