APC adopts Dakuku Peterside as Rivers gubernatorial candidate

Hon. Dakuku Peterside

The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers state has chosen a member of the House of Representatives, Dakuku Peterside, to fly the party’s flag at the February 2015 governorship election in the state.

Mr. Peterside emerged the preferred candidate after a meeting of the party’s caucus, which held at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday.

Mr. Peterside is the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream).

His colleague at the Senate, Magnus Abe, who is incidentally the Chairman Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) and from the same state, was widely expected to be the party’s candidate in the February election.

Sources said Mr. Abe was present at Wednesday’s meeting where Mr. Peterside was endorsed.

The spokesperson of the party in the state, Chukwuemeka Eze, confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES.

“Yes Hon. Dakuku Peterside was unanimously endorsed in a peaceful atmosphere. It was done in a family affair and there was no bickering at all,” Mr. Eze said.

He also said by the decision of the caucus, the forthcoming party primary in Rivers State is expected to merely confirm the selection of Mr. Peterside as a formality.

Also, the Rivers APC Chairman, Davies Ikanya, who addressed the press after the meeting at the party’s secretariat in Port Harcourt, said the decision of the caucus is not final as primary election will still have to be held to ratify the decision.

“There must be primary elections for all positions in the APC. So, we will not jump the gun,” he said.


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  • dan

    So, where is the change APC is promising to bring about when only a few men will gather in the governor’s house to pick the next governor? Where is the democracy?

    • T

      dont be too ignorant, consensus has no two meaning; anyone that is not happy with a consensus has right to purchase form in which case there will be a contest at the primaries, otherwise the primaries will just ratify, as the Chair stated ‘we will not jump the gun’ means its not final

      • dan

        So stop deceiving gullible Nigerians that you want to bring about change. APC is shallow!

      • Otile

        Hear him. deception, deception, deception. What can APC do without deception?

        • endingNaija

          why are you angry Ole?

    • jfk

      Sorry, please try and read the news to the end. There is still going to be primaries, he might not emerge as the candidate at the end of the day. I am not a politician but a Nigerian following with keen interest whatever is going on in this country, because we don’t have any other place that we can call ours. Thanks.

  • AA

    How did your PDP choose its presidential candidate for 2015? Perhaps you should also ask PDP members in Niger State how Gov Aliyu has told them that one Umar Nasko would succeed him next year. What about Benue, Bauchi and other PDP controlled states.

    • Onike24

      Umar Nasco?really? That is Gen Gado Nasco son.

  • mike

    Fair enough. The upland people have had it for sixteen years now. It’s only fair that power rotates to the riverine.

  • Smith Scott

    How can APC be copying consensus from PDP and saying they represent change. Even Buhari want consensus? APC is Aggrieved Pdp Candidates

  • Frank Bassey

    Welcome Sir. At least you will soon add “Former Governorship Aspirant” to your Profile!

    • Grace

      Hahaha. Heres a man who awarded contracts to himself when he was commissioner for works. Ole bruku ni governorship aspirant ko.

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  • Nwa Aba {Biafran}

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  • G4

    I have followed this man,APC has a record of picking serious minded intellectuals. Good luck Hon Dakuku. Keep up the good work

  • favourtalk

    His records are there, he’s one among the best in the state, I pray that almighty God grant him the desire victory. The state is progressive for life and nothing can stop them from winning the next election

  • george timothy

    We ogonis shld rally round our son, peterside has ogoni blood running in his veins. His mother is ogoni while his father is opobo. He grew up amongst us and was part of the ogoni struggle. As an ogoni man, I hv a sister that is married to a non-ogoni man and i love their kids as i love mine. wld i deny my sisters children jst bcos of their paternal lineage? Its better we hv him as governor than another uplander. Sheathe ur swords beloved brothers. It seems to me that he is a compromise (midpoint) candidate btw we and the ppl of opobo. If we support him, he wld win