Obviously aware that he is on his way to losing the Presidential ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC), one of the top contenders, Atiku Abubakar has turned the race into a dollar affair.
According to one of the delegates, Bola Ilori who wrote on his Facebook wall, “Crazy things are happening here!!! Some of these cannot represent the change Nigeria is yearning for. Excessive dollarization by one of the aspirants is to say the least obscene.
I have been involved in political process for decades now, I have never witnessed this volume of raw dollarization of party primaries. I only read about this kind of things in PDP primaries. A question been asked by conscientious delegates is that whoever can be giving out between $2000 to $5000 to each delegate certainly does not represent the kind of change Nigerians want.
Those who contributed to the pauperization of the country now revel in dollarization, Oma se o! If this is what is called internal democracy then I guess it’s not the best for Nigerian situation yet.
In any case I’m happy that majority of Ondo State delegates (reduced from 85% to 70% within 24 hours) are still standing firm with Buhari as Omoluabis, the remaining has gone with dollars o!”,
Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso and Rochas Okorocha had earlier stepped down for Buhari.
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has congratulated Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa on his victory at the Monday Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries.
Dr. Uduaghan in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sunny Ogefere, described the victory of Okowa who polled 406 votes to beat his closest rival, Chief David Edebvie who scored 299 votes, as well deserving.
Governor Uduaghan who is leader of the PDP in the state , charged Okowa to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship by quickly extending a hand of fellowship to other contestants.
He also called on the other aspirants to note that the exercise was a family contest where there was no winner no loser, urging them to join hands with Okowa in positioning the party for victory at the general elections.
“Let all faithful members of our great party be reminded that now that a candidate has emerged, it is incumbent on us all to close ranks and work assiduously towards ensuring victory for the PDP in the general elections.
“I must also at this juncture commend the peaceful disposition displayed by all aspirants before and during the primaries. This is a testament to our peace and security agenda in the state,” he said.
Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has been elected the winner of the Abia Central Senatorial seat in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries by polling 221 votes of the 222 votes cast with one voided vote.
The Governor was the sole contestant for the position.
Announcing the results at the end of the primaries held at the Umuahia Township Stadium, the returning officer, Ndidi Okereke said a total of 222 delegates were accredited while there was one void vote.
Speaking at the occasion, Governor Orji thanked God and all Abians who were instrumental to the success of the project.
He said that he was happy with the victory and stated that the decision to go to the Senate is not his making as he was merely responding to the call of Abians to represent them at the Senate.
Governor Orji pointed out that Abians have demonstrated their love in practical terms through their vote, adding that the process of democracy in the state has been deepened through the process.
He said that things will be better if all elections in the country went the same way the Abia Central senatorial primaries was conducted.
The Governor maintained that as a senator, he would see himself as a representative of the people, adding that he owes the people a duty to speak for the people and pledged not to disappoint the people.
The Governor said he would cherish the trust Abians have for him and implored Abians to help in different ways to build Abia.