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.
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.
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.