Ashiru, Rtd General, others emerge PDP candidates in Kaduna, Kebbi, Plateau, Kwara
•Activist, Shehu Sani, got two votes
•Parallel candidates emerge in Kano
Two-time governorship flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Isah Ashiru, has, again, emerged the winner of the party’s gubernatorial primary for the 2023 general election.
Ashiru polled 414 to defeat Sani Sidi with 260, Ramalan Yero 28, Sani Abbas 15 and Haruna Saeed 11 while the invalid votes stood as 30.
Also, Shehu Sani, an activist, was ‘punished’ with just two votes, apparently for preaching against bribing the delegates.
Ashiru was declared winner on Wednesday night at the Indoor Sports Hall of Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna by the Returning Officer (RO), Chief Raymond Dabo, a former PDP chairman in Plateau State.
In Kebbi State, Maj-Gen. Aminu Bande (rtd) got the PDP governorship ticket with his 471 votes, according to the results declared by the Chairman of PDP Electoral Committee, Peter Orubebe, yesterday.
Speaking to journalists after the declaration, Bande called on the losers to join him in winning the state at the general ballot and move it forward.
The Plateau PDP governorship primary has thrown up Caleb Mutfwang, who scored 252 votes to defeat his closest rival, Chief Wungak Kefas, who polled 113.
The exercise, whichstarted on Wednesday night at Langfield, Rayfield, Jos, ended yesterday morning.
A seasoned politician in Kwara State who recently defected from All Progressives Congress (APC) to PDP, Shuaib Abdullahi, picked the governorship ticket.
He won 518 of the 574 votes cast at the election, beating three-time member of the House of Representatives for Pategi/Lafiagi/Moro federal constituency, Ahman Pategi, and immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to Japan, Prof. Yisa Gana Yisa.
In Kano State, two governorship candidates emerged after parallel primaries held Wednesday.
While Mohammad Abacha, the eldest son of the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, won under the Shehu Sagagi leadership; Sadiq Wali, the eldest son of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, emerged under the Wali camp.
During the primary held at Lugard House, Nasarawa GRA, Abacha won with 736 votes to defeat Ja’afar Sani, who polled 710.
The two contestants were the only aspirants that turned out for the primary conducted under the Sagagi-led PDP, leaving out seven other contestants equally cleared for the contest.
Declaring the result of the primary yesterday, the RO and member of PDP election supervising committee, Amina Garba, said Abacha emerged winner, having clinched the highest votes.
The parallel exercise at Sani Abacha Youth Centre, Panshekara, Wali polled 455 while Alh. Ibrahim Little polled 333.