TODAY'S NEWS RECAP
Winners emerged yesterday in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives primaries.
In Rivers, delegates re-elected Awaji-Inombek Abiante as a candidate for the Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency .
Ofiks Kagbang was elected candidate for the Andoni state constituency.
Former Chairman of Ogbia Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, Ebiyoun Turner was elected as a candidate for the PDP for the Ogbia Federal Constituency.
He defeated three aspirants, including the incumbent member of the House of Representatives, Fred Obua and a .former Commissioner for Information, Daniel Iworiso-Markson.
At the Yenagoa Federal Constituency, a member of the State House Assembly, Oboku Oforji defeated Ogbo Okolovie while Rodney Ambaiowei beat another former Commissioner, Kurokegha Dorgu(aka Kabaka) in Southern Ijaw Federal Constituency.
Results from Brass/Nembe and Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal constituencies were being awaited as of the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, PDP leadership has condemned the murder of one Michael Isaiah in Ogbia, the venue of the Ogbia Constituency 1 primary.
Alhaji Ibrahim Ajia, a 2019 Kwara governorship aspirant won the primary for Asa/Ilorin West Federal Constituency.
Ajia was declared the winner after polling 82 out of the 89 votes cast at the shadow poll.
He said his victory signalled a brighter day for the party to return to power in 2023.
In Plateau State, Dachung Bagos, picked the ticket to contest for the House of Representatives.
Bagos, who represents Jos East/Jos South, Federal Constituency floored former House of Assembly Speaker, Abok Ayuba.
Also, the member representing Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, Musa Agah beat Aminu Izang, David Goyol, Bridget Pwajok, Edward Bingek and Timothy Buba
Three out of the 30 that emerged as candidates for Gombe State House of Assembly and House of Representatives are females.
The women are Aishatu Ahmad for Akko federal constituency; Saratu Jairo and Meriji Major for Balanga North and Balanga South state constituencies respectively.
Others that emerged for the House of Representatives are Umar Kalajanga, Adamu Kashere, Meriji Majoro,Saratu Jauro Yakubu Ladollis and Nimrod Yari.
Five serving House of Representatives members and a former Information Commissioner, Ojotu Ojema, were given the green light in the state.
The House of Representatives candidates are Richard Gbande, Terkaa Terkaa, Bob Tyough,
John Dyegh and Benjamin Bem.
Minority leader, Nasarawa State House of Assembly Abel Bala emerged as the candidate.
Others that were elected as candidates for the state Assembly include Peter Akwe, Luka Zhekaba, Ibrahim Adamu, Jibrin Oloshu, Mohammed Ibrahim, Tanko Daniel, Esson Mairiga, Zaidi Babanlungu Basil Osheka, Deboy Chorio, Ahmed Musa, Idris Ojoko and Jonah Ali.
As of the time of filing this report, five aspirants had been announced as House of Representatives candidates. They are Ombamas Usman, Daniel Adamu, Babawe Bulus, Ibrahim Dallah and Bunu Awe
PDP delegates in the state elected all eight House of Representatives members as candidates.
They are Zakariya Nyampa, Mohammed Bassi, Mohammed Girei, James Barka,
Mustapha Saidu; Komati Lore; Jingi Rufai; and Guyuk Shelleng.
The state Organising Secretary of the PDP, Hamza Madagali, said: “Those who emerged winners have automatically become the party’s candidates for the 2023 general elections in their respective constituencies.”
Six and 24 candidates that emerged were elected for the House of Representatives and State House of Assembly respectively.
The six elected for the House of Representatives poll are El-Rasheed Abdullahi, Yaya -Bauchi Tongo, Aishatu Ahmad, Inuwa Garba, Ali Isa and Obed Shehu
The processes produced four House of Assembly candidates: Mohammed Ismaila, Audu Lauya, Joseph Nagombe and Pius Sabo.
However, the election for Takum/Donga/Ussa Constituency was inconclusive as former Speaker Istifanus Gbana and Majority Leader Douglas Ndatse had a tie.
Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, emerged winner of the PDP State Assembly primary.
It was learnt that the Speaker was unopposed. He thanked the delegates, party leaders, and his constituents for their support.
Deputy Speaker Danlami Kawule lost his bid for the House of Representatives.
Others who lost are the former Commissioners Ibrahim Abdulkadir (Works and Transport) and Maryam Bagel (Science and Technology).
Ali Garu, who defeated Kawule said that his victory was for democracy and the good people of Bauchi Federal Constituency.