Ishaku emerges PDP guber candidate in Taraba

PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu'azu

The immediate past Minister of State for Niger Delta, Darius Ishaku, on Friday won the Taraba State governorship primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Mr. Ishaku emerged the winner at the end of the election conducted at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja.

The election which started on Thursday ended in the early hours of Friday.

The primary election was delayed for about five days, following a controversy over the zoning of the governorship position and the list of delegates.

Taraba PDP leaders had on December 8 informed the National Chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu, of an agreement signed in 2011.

According to them, PDP leaders in the state agreed that Taraba South Senatorial District would produce the governorship candidate for the 2015 elections.

Taraba North has served for 10 years while Taraba Central, where the incumbent Gov. Dambaba Suntai hails from, will complete eight years in power in 2015.

Mr. Muazu had, at the meeting, directed Taraba PDP leaders to submit to the party’s national leadership, a copy of the minute, where the agreement and resolution was reached.

He had assured that the leadership would respect the decision of Taraba people.

“Zoning is local; if the people of Taraba want it, so be it.” He said.

Following this development, a former Acting Governor of Taraba, Garba Umar, and another aspirant, Musa John, withdrew from the race.
Mr. Ishaku, who was largely seen as a consensus candidate, hails from Takum Local Government Area.



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      Money good! But there is God o!

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      He is not Alhaji Yakubu Danjuma. He is General Theophilos Yakubu Danjuma, a Christian.

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  • Martins

    I disagree with the writer, you cannot classify Ese Oruru’s case as an elopement. That’s a very sad narrative if you were to go that route with all your education. A 13year old cannot elope with an adult, you must not justify the action of Yinusa. Please also explain how come the Kano state government empowered Hisbah Police is allowed to destroy alcoholic drinks in the state yet partake in the sharing of VAT revenue collected from sales of alcohol from other states of the federation.

  • Karofi

    Nigeria amazes me. We are so embroiled in disrespect for each other because we fail to respect human being. It has to be our own before it becomes an issue. If the victim is not from our side, it is a non issue. When 1000 people were killed by the army in Zaria, in December, we all looked the other way as if nothing happens. For as long as we do not respect human life regardless of its creed, ethnicity or region, we will continue to suffer and repeatedly agonize over and over again. A people that have no respect for human life except it`s own will surely continue to witness chaos as tool for settlement of disagreement. Nigeria is a theater of absurd.

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  • Tommy

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  • FormerNigerian

    It’s hypocrisy to insist on one Nigeria in these circumstances.



    This piece of trash is your excuses for the wickedness of your people, than an apology for you guys’ barbaric murder of a septuagenarian Igbo trader, Mrs. Bridget Abahime, in Kano.

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    A simple case of condemning a vicious murder only garnered 2 lines in your loquacious tirade of over 5 pages…

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    person’s space turns into blasphemy? Reality is that those who murdered Mrs
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    laws – in all its illegal extensions, and their warped and subjective
    interpretation of it, is superior to the Nigerian constitution, and there lies
    our problems – one people, two laws, in contravention of the constitution! And,
    they are sadly, encouraged in this irresponsible ignorance by the silence and
    complicity of all, or sections of, the dysfunctional Nigerian state and her
    political and religious elite.