By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Niger State has said that it is ready for the gubernatorial primary election in the state fixed for Sunday.
A fourteen man committee has been set up to midwife the primary election. The committee is to plan a successful party’s governorship primary to produce a flag bearer for the PDP to stand the state governorship election in 2019.
Chairman of the party in the state, Barrister Tanko Beji disclosed at a media btiefing in Minna that the leadership of the PDP in the state is set for the D Day.
The primary election to produce a flag bearer for the party has been slated to hold on Sunday at the party’s Secretariat along the Eastern by pass of the state capital, Minna.
Barrister Beji who spoke on the preparedness of the party for the election, comfirmed that everything was now set ahead of the day for the primary election.
He disclosed that five aspirants were registered for the party’s gubernatorial primary election contest.
The five according to him were cleared by the party’s national screening committee to stand the gubernatorial primary election in the state.
The aspirants include the immediate past Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa and former Deputy Governor in the state, Ambassador Ahmed Musa Ibeto, Mohammed Umar Nasko, former Chief of Staff to governor Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and Engr. Mu’azu Hannafi Sudan, business man and politician.
Also cleared to contest is Umar Ahmed Dogonkoli while the other other contestant is Ahmed Baka.
The first four of the aspirants; Ahmed Musa Ibeto, Umar Mohammed Nasko, Mu’azu Hannafi Sudan and Umar Ahmed are from Niger zone ‘C’ senatorial district while, Aminu Baka is the only aspirant from the Niger-south senatorial (zone ‘A’)”.
Beji commended the aspirants for so far conducting their campaigns in peaceful and orderly manner without hate speeches from anyone of them and their supporters.
He revealed that “the only woman that initially signaled her intention to run for governorship however reportedly, chickened out.
He assured members of PDP in the state that “everything have been put in place to ensure that we conduct a hitch free gubernatorial primary election in our state”.
Former deputy governor in the state, Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu, is heading the fourteen man gubernatorial primary election committee in the state.
Tanko Beji said Zagbayi’s committee is to ensure that everything is put in place ahead of the arrival of the national committee appointed by the national leadership of the PDP for the conduct of the gubernatorial primary election.
He confirmed that several meetings were held with all the aspirants and their representatives to secure their confidence and assure them of impartiality of the leadership of the party in the state.
Beji said that security agencies in the state have been adequately informed to provide enough security cover for delegates during the congress.
Meanwhile, senatorial primary election to select the party’s flag bearers who would fly the party’s flag in the 2019 senatorial election would hold simultaneously in the headquarters of the three zones; Bida, Kontagora and Minna.
Barr. Beji explained that party primaries in Niger-North (zone ‘C‘) which has a sole aspirant, Sani Duba has been returned unopposed while seven aspirants would slug it out for the two seats in zone ‘A’ and ‘B’.
He also explained that 27 contestants would, on the 3rd of October, 2018 battle for the PDP’s tickets for the 10 House of Representatives seats with two for Borgu and Agwara and Katcha/Bida/Gbako constituencies already returned unopposed.
“We have 62 aspirants who have been cleared to contest the Niger State House of Assembly primaries on the 4th of October though 8 of them had been returned unopposed.
He assured that no aspirant would be denied the chance to contest. “We don’t foresee any problem because we are not going to shortchange anybody. It is an in-house thing”, Beji assured.