By Henry Umoru
It has been a very busy and hectic period for the National Organising Secretary, but one striking consolation is that it is a period of Naira rain for the PDP, a period a former National Chairman of the party would say ‘Oja Ata’.
According to the 39 page document, the Expression of Interest Form Code PD002/P went for N2 million which should be obtained from the PDP National Secretariat or such other places as may be designated by the National Executive Committee of the Party, just as the Nomination form Code PD003/P was purchased for N20 million, totalling N22 million.
Governorship aspirants picked the Expression of Interest form Code PD002/G for N1 million and N10 million to get the nomination form Code PD003/G, totalling, N11 Million.
A Senatorial Aspirant purchased the Expression of Interest form for N500, 000.00 and Nomination form for N4 million; an aspirant to the House of Representatives got the Expression of Interest form for N500,000.00 and nomination form for N2 million while for the State House of Assembly, an aspirant paid N200,000.00 for the Expression of Interest form and N1 million for the Nomination form. In all these, female aspirants in line with the tradition of the party will not pay for the nomination forms.
With all the collections made from sale of forms, 15 % of the nomination fee shall be remitted to the State Chapters of the party and 5% to the Zone.
One interesting aspect in the picking of forms is that of Stakeholders, leaders, Elders of the party are coming together to purchase forms for aspirants. A case that played out was when Indigenes, leaders, Stakeholders and elders of PDP from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT led by Ambassador Ayuba Ngbako purchased expression of interest and nomination forms for the Senator representing the FCT and Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda to return to the Upper Chambers in 2015.
Also at the National Secretariat to pick his forms to contest the Imo State Gubernatorial election was Senator Ifeanyi Ararume who disclosed that it was a collective decision by all PDP Stakeholders in the State to chase out governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, adding, “I am here to pick up my nomination form and expression of interest form for the governorship race in Imo state.
“I served the nation at the highest law making body for eight years, 1999 to 2007. If I pick ticket now, this will not be the first time I am picking the ticket and I believe that the people of Imo state will look at every aspirant and pick the best to represent them because Imo state deserves good governance
For Delta State, the list is long, we have former Speaker, House of Assembly, Victor Ochei; Chairman, Senate Committee chairman on Health, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; Ovie Omo- Agege; Tony Chucks Obuh; immediate past Special Adviser to the President on performance monitoring and Evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye; Senator representing Delta Central, Senator Emmanuel Aguaravwodo; Former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe; Olorungun Kenneth Gbagi; Mrs Esther Uduehi; Andrew Warri, among others who have picked their forms to contest for the Delta State PDP governorship primary election.
Also at Wadata Plaza to pick her forms to contest the Akwa Ibom State governorship election was, the representing Akwa Ibom South in the upper Legislative Chamber, Senator Helen Esuene who stressed that what should be paramount was having the blessings of the people and not those of the governor.
Besides Esuene, PDP PDP has Hon. Okpolupm Etteh; Nsima Ekere, Umana Okon Umana, Obong Bassey Albert, Ime Bassey Albert, Benjamin Okoko, Udom Emmanuel, Barrister Asukwo Okpo, Engr. Larry Esin, Engr. Michael Onofiok, Barr. Ekpeyong Etekim, among others as aspirants.
For Oyo State, the PDP has former Governor Christopher Alao-Akala; former Chairman, Oluyole Local Government Council, Hon. kehinde Olaosebikan; Professor Taoheed Adedoja, Engr. Seyi Makinde, Professor Soji Adejumo, Senator Teslim Folarin, Hazeem Gbolarumi, Elder Wole Oyelese, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan; Dr. Gbola Adetunji, Dr. Babalola Owolabi.
For Lagos State, the PDP aspirants include Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, Dr. Segun Ogundimu, Chief Tunde Daramola, Mr. Ade Dosunmu, Engineer Adedeji Doherty and Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
In Ogun, the governorship aspirants in the PDP include Sikirulai Ogundele, Kayode Amusan, Ishaq Akinlade, Segun Adewale, Anthony Ojeshina, Rafiu Ogunleye and Sina Kawonise.
From Katsina State, PDP aspirants include Ibrahim Muhammad Idah , Umar Abdullahi Tsauri Tata, Alhaji Sunusi Dan Bello Na Adiyalle, Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya, Ahmad Aminu Yar’Adua, Eng. Nura Khalil, Arch. Musa Sada, Musa Adamu Funtua and Nasiru Umar Dutsima.
In Sokoto, the PDP aspirants are Deputy Governor Mukhtari Shagari; Senator Abdallah Wali, Senator Abubakar Umar Gada and Alhaji Yusuf Sulaiman, just as in Borno State, the PDP aspirants are Alhaji Gambo Lawan and former Governor Mohammed Goni.
In Kebbi, the governorship aspirants in PDP include Deputy Governor Ibrahim K.Aliyu, Sen Mohammed Magoro, Sen. Tanko Ayuba, Bala Na’Allah, Gen Muhammadu Dan’Hanne Isah, Alhaji Zubairu Turaki, Mansir Shehu Mansa, Alh Hussani Adamu, Bala Kaoje, Alh Sama’ila Sambawa and Elder Ishaku Daudu.
At the National Secretariat to pick his forms was former National Chairman of PDP, and Senator representing Benue North East senatorial district, Senator Barnabas Andyar Gemade who wants to return to the upper legislative chambers in 2015, with a vow to floor Governor Gabriel Suswam who is interested in the position at both the primary and general election.
According to him, he would do all that was within his reach to make the race uncomfortable for Suswam if he insists in contesting and emerging the candidate for the position during the primary election for 2015 general poll, adding, “I am the current senator representing Benue North East District and I am going back in 2015. That is why I have come here. I think political contest is a democratic one and the winner will always remain who receives the greatest support from the public.
Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State was also at Wadata Plaza to get the forms for his re- election into the Kassim Ibrahim House.
Besides Yero, in Kaduna, PDP aspirants include Jimmy Nabaida Dung, Hassan Felix Hyat, Air Commodore John Bako Ajeye (rtd) and Senator Haruna Zego Aziz.
In Nasarawa, those in the PDP gubernatorial race include the immediate past Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku; former Governor, Aliyu Akwe Doma, Senator John Danboyi; serving Senator Solomon Ewuga, Dameshi Barau Luka, retired Col. Jibrin Bala Yakubu, Michael Abdul, Shaibu Kore and Musa Oseni.
In Bauchi, the PDP aspirants include Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Abdul Ningi; Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa; Dr Musa Babayo; Dr. Mohammed Ali Pate; Barrister Ahmed Ibrahim Dandija; Alhaji Aminu Hammayo, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Alamin, Alhaji Mohammed Nadada Umar, Alhaji Magaji Udubo, Senator Abubakar Maikafi, Barrister Haruna Umar, Senator Baba Tela and Alhaji Shehu Gabam, just as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, Senator Bala Mohammed who weighed the options, refused to tender his letter of resignation to join the array of aspirants from the State.
Those contesting for the PDP ticket in Zamfara State are the former Governor, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, Rep. Bello Mutawalle, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu and Alhaji Bashir Adamu.
Former Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Sam Ode was there and he picked forms to run for the Benue State governorship election where he promised to build on the present level of governance of Gabriel Suswam with Agriculture, Food security, Education, industrialisation, welfare of the people, among others forming his major priorities.
At the National Secretariat to pick his forms to contest the Kwara State governorship election was the immediate past Chairman of the Federal Character Commission, FCC, Prof. Shuaibu Oba Abdulraheem, saying that Saraki dynasty died with former Senate Leader, late Dr. Olusola Saraki.
Oba said, “ I have decided to join the race on the platform of the PDP in Kwara State principally to join and support Mr. President in the transformation agenda. Also, to do my quota to the best of my ability to bring the dividends of democracy to my people, to do all things that are righteous, dignified, to bring people out of squalor, poverty, ignorance and disease and to show that good governance does not need to be expensive, it is only bad governance that is expensive, we want to be able to demonstrate that to the people.”
For Kwara PDP, we also have the Chairman, Lubcon Oil, Alhaji Jani Ibrahim; Senator Suleiman Ajadi Makanjuola, Mr. Dele Belgore, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Architect Kale Belgore; Senator Simeon Ajibola; Mr. Ben Duntoye, Engr. Sunday Babalola; Chief John Dara; Chief Yekeen Alabi; Mr. Bio Ibrahim and Malam Shuaib Abdullahi.
Also there to pick forms to contest the Imo State Governorship election was the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, saying that, “the failure of government in Imo State in the last few years required a drastic change in the leadership of the State.”
Ihedioha who accused the Imo government of giving less priority to issues that affect the people, disclosed that his main motive for joining the governorship race was to redress what he termed, the imbalances in infrastructural development of the State particularly the area of education, just as expressed satisfaction for his services in the legislative arm of government, adding that the legislature has played very strategic roles in stabilising democracy in the country.
Also from Imo State are Prof. Jude Njoku; Senator Chris Anyanwu, Mr Bethel Amadi, Charles Onyeagbako, Humphrey Anumudu, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Jerry Chukwueke, Lady Clara Njoku, Chief Charley Amanze, Engr. Emma Ojinere, Chief Chris Brown Amadioha, Chief Charles Onuoha, Dr. Ngozi Olehi, Chief Ken Ojiri, Barr. Ken Njemanze and Chief Benjamin Nzimako.
In Niger State, PDP has Deputy Governor Ahmed Musa Ibeto, Sen. Nuhu Aliyu, Alhaji Moh’d Bawa Rijau, Alhaji Matane, Dr. Mustapha Abdulsalam, Engr. Mustapha Bello; the Chief of Staff to Governor Babangida Aliyu, Umar Mohammed Nasko; Alhaji Mohammed Babangida; Col. Isa Kontagora, rtd and Saleh Sahabi to contest for the 2015 Niger State governorship primary election.
Interestingly, governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has also purchased forms to contest for Niger East Senatorial district where former Deputy Governor and a member at the just concluded National Conference, Senator Nuhu Shem Zagbayi who was elected in August during the by- election following the death of Senator Awaisu Kuta.
Majority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat Akande, also picked her expression of interest and nomination forms at the National Secretariat, boasting that she will succeed the present speaker, Aminu Tambuwal. The defeated Zamfara State governor in the 2011 governorship election, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi also picked forms to contest the election, saying the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP will not repeat the mistakes of the past.
As the exercise continued, more aspirants were at the National Secretariat for the forms. Former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Waziri Maina was there to pick the forms for the fourth time to contest the Yobe State gubernatorial election.
Waziri who served at the just concluded National Conference, described himself as a perennial loser who had picked forms in 2003; 2007; 2010, failed and here again in 2014, just as he expressed optimism that he would win this time, adding, ”Good governance requires entrusting the state to educated person with reputation in the civil service”.
Other PDP aspirants from Yobe include the former Minister of State, Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama and Alhaji Ibrahim Talba.
The immediate Minister of State, Education, Nyesom Wike also picked his forms to enable him contest the Rivers State Governorship election. Though the forms were purchased for him by a group under the aegis, PDP Stakeholders in Rivers State, led by former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Austin Opara.
Also in Rivers State, Senator Lee Maeba who represented Rivers South East in the Senate; Prince Tonye Princewill; Elemchukwu Ogbowu and Nimi Walson- Jack are there.
In Plateau State, PDP’s aspirants include Deputy Governor Ignatius Longjam, Senator Victor Lar, Mr Jethro Akum, John Clark Dabwan, Engr. Jimmy Chetto, Sir Fidelis Tapgun, Arch John Alkali, Haruna Dabin, Prof. Longmas Wapmuk, Prof Sonni Tyoden, Mr Samson Jidauna Dimka, Godfrey Miri, Sen Gyang Pwajok and Bishop Musa Wuyep.
The immediate past Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs and former minister of state for power, Arc. Darius Ishaku picked his forms to contest the Taraba State PDP governorship primary election, saying it was the turn of Taraba South.
In Taraba, besides Kente and Ishaku, other PDP aspirants are Acting Governor Garba Umar, Agbu Kefas and Ezekiel Irimiya, just as Senator Joel Ikenya and Senator Emmanuel Bwacha may have dropped their gubernatorial ambition to support Ishaku who has the backing of Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, rtd.
In Benue State, the PDP aspirants include the immediate past Minister of State, Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom; the Deputy Governor, Chief Steven Lawani; former Vice Chancellor, Benue State University, Professor David Ker; Terhemba Tarzoor, Hingah Biam, Sam Ode, Dave Iorhemba, Engr. Roseline Ada Chenge, Barrister Harris Paul Ogbole, Tivlumun Nyitse, Barr. Alex Adum, Mike Aondoakaa, Terhemba Shija, Peter Chieshe, Mathias Oyigeya, Andy Uwuokwu, Eugene Aliegba, Felix Atume; Prince Simon Aondona, Simon Anchaver, Engr. David Nongo, Samuel Utov and Madam Veronica Shimave.
The immediate past Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu picked forms to contest the Ebonyi State Gubernatorial primary election, just as Senator Paulinus Igwe did same and in Abia State, Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, among others picked the forms.
President Goodluck Jonathan at a meeting with the PDP governors had insisted on the presentation of popular candidates, warning that the Party cannot afford to lose any state to the opposition. We wait as events unfold.