It has emerged that the name of die hard loyalist of President Goodluck Jonathan under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and erstwhile minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commision (INEC) as the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) gubernatorial candidate in Nassarawa.
This development is coming after Maku was defeated in his bid to clinch the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship ticket for the 2015 polls.
Sunday Independent quoted sources at the APGA headquarters in Abuja as sayin Maku’s name was submitted before the December 26 deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to contest the governorship position on the APGA platform.
Other candidates submitted by the party as governorship candidates are the APGA National Secretary, Sani Abdullahi Shinkafi, who is gunning for the Zamfara governorship position, former Minister of Interior, Emmanuel Iheanacho, for Imo State, Senator
Anthony Agbo, Ebonyi State, and the former Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Alex Otti, Abia State.
Meanwhile the names of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) submitted to INEC are Akinwumi Ambode, for Lagos State, Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun,
Dakuku Peterside, Rivers, Aminu Bello
Masari, Katsina, and Tanko Al-Makura for Nasarawa.
The Labour Party has also submitted the name of Adebayo Aloa-Akala as its candidate for Oyo State, and Tonye Princewill as candidate for Rivers. The Progressives Peoples Alliance also sent the name of Chikwem Udensi as its candidate for Abia State. The list of governorship candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as obtained by Sunday Independent are Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, whose name has been sent to INEC in spite of wide protests against his candidature.
Others PDP candidates are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for Enugu State, Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State, the Chairman of Independent Newspapers Limited, Gambo Lawan, for Borno, Okezie Ikpeazu, for Abia, and Dave Umahi, Ebonyi.
Former Minister of Police Affairs, Maina Waziri, emerged as the PDP governorship candidate for Yobe State, while former Minister of State for Niger Delta, Darius Isiaku, had his name sent to INEC as the PDP candidate for Taraba State.
Source: Sunday Independent