Plateau Speaker, Majority Leader win PDP primaries

The Speaker of the Plateau State House Assembly, Titus Alams, and the Majority Leader, Daniel Dem, have won their party’s primaries to contest in next year’s general elections.

Declaring the results of Saturday’s primaries on Sunday in Jos, Danjuma Musa, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Primaries Committee in Plateau, said Mr. Alams defeated seven opponents to win in Bokkos constituency.

He also said that Mr. Dem defeated one contestant in the Riyom constituency of the State House of Assembly for next year’s elections.

Other members of the current Assembly who won their primary elections in the PDP include Diket Plang, representing Pankshin North, and Yakubu Choji, representing Jos North West Constituency.

The Assembly’s former Speaker, Istifanus Mwansat, representing Pankshin South, also defeated other aspirants to emerge as the party’s flagbearer, while Zainab Dogo, member representing Quan’Pan South, also scaled through.

Other successful aspirants were Ezekiel Afon for Pengana Constituency, Ayuba Ashile for Irigwe Constituency, Nyam Dareng for Jos South, Peter Gyangdeng for Barkin Ladi, and Karim Jugul for Kanke.

Also nominated were Awal Haruna for Jos North, Mary Gar for Jos East, Ayuba Gutfan for Mangu North, Simon Bari for Mangu South and Vincent Bulus for Langtang South.

The rest are Godfrey Nantwe for Langtang North, Amos Kumtul for Langtang Central, Henry Langpoe for Shendam, Nanlong Daniel for Mikang and Daibu Dauda for Wase.

The Chairman of the Primaries Committee described the nominations as free and fair.

He however said the primary could not hold in Kanam Local Government Area due to the security situation in the area. He announced that the primary would now take place on December 1 by 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, Raymond Dabo, the Acting Chairman of PDP in the state, said the primaries were peaceful and keenly-contested.

“In some constituencies, the winners won by just one vote. But there was no rancour or quarrel anywhere,” he said.

The acting chairman, however, commended the party members and the national officials for the smooth conduct of the primaries.



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  • dudu

    A great piece. How I wish we can line up all the saboteurs at once and send them to the guillotine immediately.

    • Fuzio

      Not practicable. Nigeria is too fragmented for that kind of Endlösung (final solution). After the dust settles, each ethnic group will count the number and caliber of their collateral loses, and a new and more serious trouble will start if there is any imbalance (real or imagined) in both the count and caliber of casualties amongst the ethnic groups.

    • Mayo

      With a different context, this might have been a great piece. But in the context in which it was written, it is not. The title of the article gives the impression that the current fuel scarcity is artificial and is due to corrupt elements (it is not) but the body of the article deals with corruption in general (which is fine). The current fuel scarcity is due to the fact that Buhari’s administration said only NNPC would now be importing fuel (decision was taken as a counter-measure against corruption in petrol importation). However, NNPC is currently unable to handle the importation of enough fuel needed by Nigerians. Buhari’s government has now back-pedalled and invited back the oil majors to be part of fuel importation. In the end, the writer resorted to the automatic response of Buhari’s fans that anything critical of Buhari is corruption fighting back.

  • David Efanga

    It’s really pathetic. Nigerians, the ordinary Nigerians are suffering terribly. President Buhari at this time has become awfully unpopular. No one wants to listen to stories and rationalization anymore. They just need Change! Unfortunately this is not going in the anticipated direction. He has contested for this office an unprecedented 4 times! The conviction behind voting him in was that he would hit the ground running and immediately deliver on the promises. Whatever is going on, the final stop for responsibility and accountability is the President’s table! Nigerians are no longer willing to buy deflection of responsibility, excuses and blame game! Somebody is in charge for God’s sake! A few of the mistakes that should be urgently addressed are as follows:
    Clearing the table completely of experience in the blanket accusation and suspicion of corruption and replacing with huge inexperience, irrelevant experience, betrayers and possibly equally corrupt elements.
    Paying deaf ears to the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen. Not a single herdsman to my knowledge has even been detained! And, some hidden religious agenda keep coming to the open and get rebuffed by concerned authorities frequently.
    Incoherent and haphazard information management system filled with embarrassing flip-flops.
    No convictions and no sentencing of any alleged corrupt persons to date. With his military and previous antecedents many may not desire a separate court for corruption cases. And, would that function with the current constitution? With the existing legal system and personnel?
    The economy? Let me stop here.