#Nigeria2015: PDP Presidential primaries — LIVE UPDATES

President Goodluck Jonathan [Right].

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has today begun its two-day National Convention at Eagles Square, Abuja.

Top on the agenda of the convention is the ratification of President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s candidate in the February 14 presidential election and that of Adamu Mu’azu and Wale Oladipo as the party’s national chairman and national secretary, respectively.

Over 3,050 delegates from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory are expected at the convention.

The delegates, according to the party’s spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, will be validating the candidacy of Mr. Jonathan on Thursday.

He had emerged the party’s sole presidential candidate in November, amid controversy over the withdrawal of his challengers, Jelil Tafawa Balewa, son of Nigeria’s former Prime Minister, and Akasoba Duke-Abiola, widow of the late Moshood Abiola.

Indeed, Mrs. Duke-Abiola is insisting she is still in the presidential race.

The president had been adopted by all the organs of the party, including its governors.

However, Mr. Jonathan’s adoption will still be ratified through the process of election in line with Section 87 of the Electoral Act to avoid litigations that could lead to the disqualification of the president from the impending contest.

On his part, Mr. Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi State, was appointed the PDP national chairman in January following the resignation of Bamanga Tukur from the position.

Mr. Oladipo was inaugurated in September last year.

The last presidential primary of the PDP held on January 14, 2011, at the same venue, Eagles Square.

In that election, Mr. Jonathan slugged it out with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Sarah Jubril.

The result announced by the Chief Returning Officer, Tunde Adeniran, a former education minister, showed that Mr. Jonathan polled 2,736 votes to beat Mr. Abubakar who got 805 votes while Mrs. Jubril got one vote.

Mr. Abubakar has since defected to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, on whose platform he is contesting the primary today in Lagos. He is running against four other aspirants.

The president, who went ahead to win the main presidential election, compensated Mrs. Jubril with an appointment as Senior Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values.

PREMIUM TIMES will bring you LIVE UPDATES of today’s convention at Eagles Square.

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  • Es3

    Premium Times, where is your live updates on APC primaries???!!!

    You did live update for PDP governorship as well but missed doing same for the opposition so that squabbles, fights, disagreements and even killing (as was the case during earlier primaries) could be covered???!!!

    • Abracadabra

      You well so? APC updates that have been up on PT since morning? Na im you de ask?Find something to drink and go back to sleep…

      • Es3

        If you were deft, you would have observed I (on my own) admitted seeing the life update on APC primaries after that initial check and post?!

        It takes only with a high strength of character and values to do that!!!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Es3,

      Hope you had a good night’s rest and dreams?

      Trust your dreams also gave you the stories of shooting and killings you wanted in APC.

      I can reassure you that the reality of events are the stuff of your nightmares. APC has just delivered a master class lesson to Prof. Jega’s INEC in how to conduct Transparent Elections.

      Now…over to Eagle Square…!

      • Es3

        Kay,

        Shooting and killings happened this month during APC primaries while all other parties quarreled, disagreed or had security agencies shooting to intimidate and control the crowd?! Or did it not???!

        It was not a wish, rather a reflection on the ugly reality of APC where the sanctity of human lives mean nothing, while hoping that lives would be spared this time around?!!!

        Eagle Square had decently concluded their since and results announced to all! Please check to confirm?!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Bruv, what you meant was that the rented crowd in Eagle Square had to hurry up and close shop very early in order to watch the real deal.

          Have you forgotten how they were begged to hang around for “two more rounds of voting” as soon as they got paid for the first one?

          As to the “killings and shootings”, we all know better.

          Anyway sha, nothing spoil, my brother. You don see real democracy now.

          Enjoy, more to come.

          • Es3

            Kay,

            Why do I feel that your answer sounds more like “these guys have been doing it before …..they know how to handle such with dispatch …. with all delegates present taking turns to vote and finsihing on time… with less party and merrymaking before the task of the day ….while knowing fully well that the ‘real deal’ is ahead…..as compared to those learning the ropes for the 1st time despite aged existence???!!!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, Es3.

            This sounds like a punch drunk boxer blaming his corner for throwing in the towel “too early”!

            Go on, have an early night.

            Have a drink with the rest of us as we jubilate tonight.

            Tomorrow, we shall roll up our sleeves and get back to the arduous task of prising the keys of Aso Rock from Jonothing’s desperate fingers.

          • Es3

            Kay,

            “Trowing in the towel”??? It will help if you can try to get the correct bearing of that post…for it is PDP that has that democratic credentials of having done it severally before, and not your APC as you assumed here?!

            APC just attempted that for the very first time in their whole existence yesterday, either as ACN, CPC or any other name!!! Even, that was a product of being forced to attempt being democratic?!!!

            Meanwhile, do celebrate now while you can because 2015 holds a different story for you and yours…Jonathan (Jonpresident) will surely keep that seat for another years from 2015!!!

            And as I normally advise, watch your blood pressure levels closely to avoid ruptured artery when that happens?!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, Es3.

            I see that I missed the “h” in my spelling of ‘throwing’. Thanks for the observation and correction.

            Worry yourself not, about my blood pressure, it is not a genetic defect in my family gene pool. I can reassure you that machines for measuring HBP gets over anxious when they come near me.

            As to the demcratic credentials of both the PDP and APC. I am sure you would agree with me that numbers do not lie – over 800 comments on the APC presidential primaries and less than 20 on the PDP parallel says a lot about what other sensible people are thinking, wouldn’t you agree?

          • Es3

            Kay,

            I would have if the difference in number of comments were to be a good measure for acceptance as a good deal of it would be equally against as well?!!!

            Besides, a consensus vote from a party that is used to doing what ACN/CPC/APC just done for the very first time in their whole existence would ordinary attract all sorts of comments from all corners, not necessarily a vote come 2015?!

            Do you agree???

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, Es3.

            I like your persistence and tenacity, even though they are being deployed to defend the indefensible, in my opinion.

            I respect where you are coming from – a genuine mindset and belief in what you espouse – and would not try to ridicule or deride the point.

            No, I do not agree, but can we agree to disagree on this score?

            Have a great weekend.

            And, oh, please pop a bottle for the emergence of GMB on the APC platform. Even if he and APC do not win, it would brush up the PDP game (and if they win, it would mean having to work harder to stay at Aso Rock – either way, a win-win for Nigerians).

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            By the way, Es3.

            Did I detect a hint of frustration and apoplexy in your last response?

            Ol’boy, abeg, take am easy o. Life no get duplicate.

          • Es3

            Kay?!,

            Frustrated???

            Then, you sure need to look again for your candidate, ‘cos that can’t be me!!!

            No, Never!!! Rather, I’m managing to contain the joy that is wailing up in the inside of me!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    PDP convention is a ruse and stage managed affairs as the PDP national working committee had earlier endorsed president Ebele Jonathan unopposed.Later,to save face and pretend to be a democratic institution,it is now pretending to be conducting a primary election,which is hall-mark of autocratic institution.

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    The PDP version of Coronation Street is as boring as watching Dulux Paint dry on an internal bedroom wall.

    Not even the PDP e-rats are crawling over the page!

    They are all “rubber-necking” into the APC primaries!!

    Fear dey catch dem, no be small o!!!

    • One nation

      Chief Kay. No mind them. Them won learn politics through APC primary election. Awon oloriburuku gbogbo

      • bugwu

        stop using vernacular here

        • B.B. Ayoola

          Go learn Yoruba.

          • bugwu

            Oloriburuku is mad and that is what you are

  • Wilson Eseago

    what is the need of this convention self jonathan versus who pls i need answers

  • Onwordi Nkemdi Patrick

    GMB has strived and tried to enshrine sincerity and honesty in the practice of leading and serving the people of this great Republic. Our support is what he needs to make this weakened nation great again. Nigeria is our collective possession and therefore, we owe her the collective responsibility of ensuring she soars like the eagle and her horn is lifted like that of the Unicorn….our innumerable diversity is our true source of strength….God willing, it shall be well…..

  • dem-all-CRAZY

    & GMB it must be all d way. I’m 4rm niger delta & so many of my fellows here are standin by d ppl’s general all d way to 2015!

    • bugwu

      Your name suggests that you are crazy so am not supprise

  • Maria

    Yeye convention…

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    22:47, it seems the PDP people have closed up shop for the day and dashed off home to see the real action as it starts with APC!

    • Progress

      Kay I have declared you AWOL na o. man nearly get hypertension with the early morning tweets. And u progressive and active blogger chose today of all days to starve those of us outside the country the updates. I never heard about the Cable till today. But guys our big thank you for the updates. Premium Time stop posting at the critical time. Punch as usual disappointed. I am beginning to question the sincerity of the current management. Thank you NIGERIANS for making our day by given us Buhari. Finish the job pls in February to pave way for mass migration back to naija. This nonsense of govt MUST GO nomankajani, as the Zulus will say.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        My apologies, Progress.

        Na old age and ofinkin dey show me!!

  • Gideon Orkar

    King Jona has accepted and is running with Sambo. Nobody can stop this train

    Fresh air till 2019!!!

    • Omoagunmate

      Na only Jona waka come, and na only hin dey waka back to Otueke after the February 2015. Haahaha. he can take Fayose with him.

  • Dee

    Nobody cares…

    • Democrat

      Dee, better care, it affects you and all that is connected to you.