2019: Incumbents Lose Out As Niger APC, PDP NASS Candidates Emerge

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By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna

The two major political parties in Niger State, the governing All Progressive Congress, (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) have had their primary elections to pick flag bearers for the upper legislative chamber, (the senate) with the table turning in the camp of the sitting Senators from the state.

Out of three serving Senators of the All Progressives Congress in Niger State, two of them were on Tuesday woefully defeated as they lost their bids to return to the National Assembly.

In Niger East Senatorial District, two-time Senator and Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Right, David Umaru, lost to a new entrant, Sani Musa, fondly called Sani 313.At the Niger North Senatorial District, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, lost to the Niger State Commissioner for Local Governments, Community Development and Chieftaincy Affairs, Zakari Jikantoro.In Niger South, results of the election were still being awaited as at Wednesday morning at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, all the three senatorial candidates for the Peoples Democratic Party in the state have emerged following the successful and peaceful primaries conducted at the party’s zonal headquarters across the state on Tuesday.

In the Niger East Senatorial District,  Ibrahim Isyaku, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, emerged the party’s candidate after defeating three other candidates. Ishaku garnered 705 votes to emerge winner of the poll.Also in Niger South, a former House of Representatives member, Baba Shehu Agaie, emerged the party’s candidate after defeating a former Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Abdulrahaman Hassan Gimba,  and a former PDP Chairman in the state, Abdulraham Enagi.Meanwhile, the leadership of the APC in the state has warned aspirants for elective offices whose primary elections are yet to be decided to cal their supporters to order or risk disqualification.

The warning followed clashes between supporters of rival groups in Suleja area and Mariga/Rijau area.
In Suleja, rival supporters’ groups had clashed last Monday where scores of persons were injured and vehicles destroyed.
Supporters of rival aspirants for the House of Representatives election for the Mariga/Rijau Federal Constituency clashed on Tuesday using dangerous weapons.
The APC chairman in the state, Engr. Jibril Mustapha Gawu read the riot acts to the rival aspirants when he summoned them to his office.
There have been reported cases of pockets of clashes and violence at primary election venues where the APC is holding its primary election but no life has been reported wasted yet.

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