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It’s epic battle in 30 states – The Sun Nigeria

It's epic battle in 30 states – The Sun Nigeria

The governorship race to occupy the Authorities Home in 30 states of the federation, the place elections would maintain in February 2019, started in earnest yesterday after the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) gave the inexperienced mild for formal campaigns to start out.

Like racetrack horses rearing on the gate to go, candidates of the 2 main events, Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in some states yesterday commissioned their marketing campaign workplaces.

Many candidates of the opposite events are nonetheless placing ending touches to their marketing campaign methods, preparatory to formal launch of their drive to clinch the seat of energy in the states.


Lagos State Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) governorship candidate, Jimi Agbaje yesterday flagged off his marketing campaign with a vow to beat the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the ballot.

He additionally used the event to current his operating mate, Mrs Haleemat Busari, a company lawyer, to the gathering of supporters.

He advised the gathering that the individuals which were ruling Lagos State since 1999, have prevented the state from rising and creating on the tempo it ought to, reiterating that 2019 ought to be their terminal date.

Agbaje additionally lamented that successive governments from 1999 thus far don’t have anything to point out for the over $35 billion they’ve acquired, insisting that measuring progress in Lagos State, utilizing different states in the nation was a misnomer.

On energy, Agbaje stated that Lagos would instantly want three,000 MW of electrical energy to unravel its energy challenges, however that he would in the subsequent 4 years, starting from subsequent yr, make sure that 1,000 MW is generated into the facility grid in the state, including that “Lagos just isn’t working as a result of we now have vested pursuits who’re those who determine who might be your governor and who determine who shall be your native authorities chairmen. There isn’t a one who they may convey as governor who will inform you that the buck stops at his desk. I, Jimi Agbaje can inform you that the buck stops at my desk. We’re going to beat them flat and that’s the reason they’re operating and flattening our billboards.

They are saying that I’m their buyer, however keep in mind that the client is king,” he stated.

The marketing campaign flag off was held at Ultima Studios, Lekki, Lagos and it was attended by get together supporters and youths from totally different curiosity teams.

Nevertheless, the APC candidate, Sanwo-Olu many consider can be driving on the load of the Nationwide Chief of the celebration, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to the Alausa Authorities Home in addition to the entrenchment of the APC rule of the state through the years.

The APC candidate has already been endorsed by most of the stakeholders in the state simply as he will get set to start his campaigns.


Actions resulting in the emergence of the subsequent governor of Kano State have commenced in earnest in the traditional metropolis.

Though there’s a harvest of governorship commonplace bearers in the state, just a few of those might be described as critical.

These “serious contenders and parties” embrace the All Progressives Congress, which is re-presenting the incumbent governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for the place. The different two critical events are the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), which has Alhaji Abba Kabiru Yusuf as its candidate and the Peoples Redemption Get together (PRP), which is presenting Mallam Sagir Takai as its candidate.

Sunday Sun investigation indicated that these three governorship candidates have since appointed and inaugurated their marketing campaign buildings on the state ranges and throughout the 44 native authorities areas of the state. They’ve additionally introduced the top of their marketing campaign organizations, together with establishing workplaces and offering them with logistics for his or her operations.

It’s noteworthy that the state capital has been inundated with political posters and totally different types of street ads, that are all a part of the colors of the rising political rivalry.


The two main political events in Rivers State are the ruling PDP and APC. Each of them have been at one another’s rivalry, notably since Governor Nyesom Wike turned the helmsman of the state.

So, the battle to occupy the Brick Home, Port Harcourt, is between Governor Wike of the PDP, a authorized practitioner and former Minister of state for Schooling and his APC opponent, Tonye Cole, an architect. Previous to the formal graduation of campaigns, PDP had secured endorsements for its candidate in nearly all of the 23 native authorities areas in the state at one occasion or the opposite.

Nevertheless, after the PDP formally endorsed Governor Wike as its sole candidate for the 2019 election, he has engaged in strategic campaigns, selling the spectacular report of his developmental strides which have introduced intensive transformation in the state.

His opponent, Cole, politically, just isn’t recognized in the state in contrast to Wike, who’s a grassroots politician who has been in the mainstream politics since 1999.

Tonye Cole


In Kebbi State, solely the PDP has commenced its governorship marketing campaign whereas the APC, which is the ruling celebration in the state continues to be planning on the technique to undertake.

The governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Isa Galaudu, who started his marketing campaign at Ambursa city, Birnin-Kebbi, urged the citizens to provide him large help by casting their votes for him through the forthcoming basic election.

Whereas talking on the venue, Senator Isa Galaudu stated he was contesting for the place to liberate the individuals of the state from poverty.

Sunday Sun learnt from a dependable supply that the APC was nonetheless fine-tuning get together’s marketing campaign technique. Already, a number of political teams in the celebration have opened up marketing campaign workplaces throughout the 21 native authorities areas of the state.


In Kaduna State, the 2019 governorship race is essentially between the ruling APC and PDP, the key opposition celebration. Nevertheless, there are different political events which might be additionally looking for to wrest energy from the APC.

The APC governorship candidate, Governor Nasir el-rufai has not formally kicked off his marketing campaign, however he utilises each alternative at public features to drum help for his re-election. For the PDP governorship candidate in the state, Isa Ashiru, the battle royale for the election started on Friday following the inauguration of his marketing campaign council. Till 2014, when he decamped to the PDP, Ashiru was in APC and misplaced to el-Rufai on the primaries.


Alhaji Aminu Ibrahim Ringim is the PDP governorship candidate in Jigawa State. Ibrahim was the Chief of Employees to former Governor Sule Lamido for eight years after serving underneath Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki on the identical place.‎

The APC candidate, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru Abubakar, is the incumbent governor of the state. He’s considered the candidate to beat.

The Social Democratic Social gathering (SDP) is fielding Alhaji ‎Bashir Adamu (Jumbo) as its candidate. Alhaji Bashir was a member of the Nationwide Meeting from 1999 till he misplaced in the 2015 election‎. His robust level is his immense reputation and his generosity to the individuals.


Though 12 events have to date produced governorship candidates in Benue State, political watchers are of the opinion that the battle is between the PDP and APC, and remotely the Social Democratic Celebration (SDP) in addition to Individuals’s Redemption Celebration (PRP). Governor Samuel Ortom is contesting on the platform of the PDP whereas Emmanuel Jime, a lawyer, and Dr. Stephen Hwande are popping out on the platforms of the APC and SDP respectively whereas the PRP is presenting Revd. Fredrick Kyaan, who’s a minister of God.

Though, these events haven’t formally flagged-off their campaigns in the state, their numerous marketing campaign workplaces and the communities the place every of them have power are already alive with music and flags.


Governorship candidates in Plateau State are but to kick off campaigns forward of the 2019 basic elections.

The incumbent, Governor Simon Lalong and candidate of the ruling APC is busy operating round to reconcile with a few of the get together chieftains that felt aggrieved in the course of the celebration primaries. He has appointed Pam Dung Gyang, an architect as his Director of Marketing campaign, however actions are but to kick off. In the meantime, the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) is passing via a turbulent second following the selection of Dr James Dalok because the operating mate to Lt. Basic Jeremiah Useni, the governorship candidate of the social gathering.


Forward of the 2019 common elections, the trio of incumbent Governor Darius Ishaku of the PDP, former appearing governor, Sani Abubakar Danladi of the APC and former Minister of Ladies Affairs, Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan of the United Democratic Social gathering, UDP, are the main candidates.

Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan also called Maman Taraba has distinguished herself as a political determine to reckon with in all ramifications.

Akwa Ibom

There are 42 governorship candidates in Akwa Ibom State. However it is just the incumbent, Mr Udom Emmanuel of the PDP, and Mr Nsima Ekere of the APC which are truly recognized by even the political class. Although the veteran politician, Mr Ezekiel Nya-Etok, hitherto main the Younger Democratic Social gathering, however now the governorship candidate of the social gathering in the state, and a businessman, Mr Nature Udoh, of Younger Progressive Celebration, are well-known personalities in the state, their probabilities of getting a thousand votes every could be very slim because the state is symmetrically divided between the PDP and the APC.


In Sokoto State, the forthcoming governorship contest is believed to be between the candidates of PDP, APC and SDP.

The incumbent governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is the PDP candidate, his erstwhile deputy, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu Sokoto is for APC whereas the Hon. Saidu Mainasara secured the ticket of SDP.

As it’s in the present day, political permutations recommend that the governorship tussle can be between the 2 political rivals and former governors of the state, Attahiru Bafarawa and Aliyu Wamakko who’re backing their political godsons, Aminu Tambuwal and Ahmed Aliyu.


The PDP in Delta State has not formally kicked-off marketing campaign for the potential re-election of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, nevertheless, the social gathering has been concerned in quasi-campaigns since 2017 by holding common city corridor conferences, political rallies and stakeholders’ conferences throughout the three senatorial districts of the state.

However, it’s nonetheless a ding dong affair for the main opposition celebration in the state, the APC, because of collection of litigations over its controversial primaries.


Although 37 political events have introduced candidates for the 2019 governorship ballot in Oyo State, political analysts have, nevertheless, narrowed the main ones amongst them to 4.

They’re former Deputy Governor of Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN), Chief Adebayo Adelabu of the APC; oil magnate, Mr Seyi Makinde, PDP; and former vice chairman, Senate Committee on Nationwide Planning, Financial Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

Former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala of Motion Democratic Get together (ADP) is the fourth candidate.



PDP and the APC are the 2 main political events that might slug it out in the governorship battle in Ebonyi State, though there are 32 others who will area candidates for the polls.

Whereas the state governor, Chief David Umahi, can be in search of re-election on the platform of the PDP, the senator representing Ebonyi South in the Nationwide Meeting, Sen. Sonni Ogbuoji, has the ticket of the APC.

Whereas the PDP is predicted to kickoff its marketing campaign on Wednesday at Onueke, Ezza South Native Authorities Space, the APC would flag-off its marketing campaign at present (Sunday) in Abakaliki, the state capital.


In Nasarawa State, three main governorship candidates have emerged they usually embrace speedy previous Group Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Engr Abdullahi Sule of the APC.

Others are the member of the Home of Representatives, representing Akwanga, Wamba, Nasarawa Eggon Federal Constituency, Hon David Ombugadu of the PDP, whereas former Info Minister, Labaran Maku, is the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).


Out of the three main political events contesting for the governorship seat in 2019, solely the candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, kicked off his marketing campaign yesterday with the launching of his manifesto, christened “7 Steps to Abundance”.

The candidates of the ruling APC and the primary opposition celebration, PDP, Dapo Abiodun and Senator Buruji Kashamu, respectively, are but to formally kick off their campaigns.

Dapo Abiodun

Whereas Abiodun simply introduced his operating mate on Thursday, Kashamu, it was gathered, has slated graduation of his marketing campaign for Monday at Ijebu-Igbo.

The ruling celebration continues to be smarting from the celebration primaries, which have polarised it. Whereas the incumbent governor rooted and labored for the emergence of his most popular candidate, Abdul Kabir Akinlade, the Nationwide Working Committee of the get together, upheld the first election that produced Abiodun because the flag bearer of APC in Ogun.

Since then, the celebration has been engulfed in disaster courtesy of the governor and his loyalists and different stakeholders in the celebration. The celebration additional shrank final Wednesday with the defection of Amosun’s males to the Allied Individuals’s Motion (APM), together with Akinlade. Although the governor stays in APC, many political watchers in the state consider that Amosun is out to play a spoiler’s position.

For the PDP, although not acknowledged by the INEC, Oladipupo Adebutu, a Home of Representatives member, presently representing Remo Federal Constituency and the governorship candidate recognised by the nationwide management of PDP, has been going spherical to marketing campaign for the Nationwide Meeting candidates of his faction of the celebration.

Additionally, PDP in Ogun has been enmeshed in litigation and this, little question, will have an effect on the fortune of the social gathering on the ballot.

For now, solely a clairvoyant with a foolproof crystal ball can, a minimum of, have a caricature image of the place the pendulum will swing in Ogun come 2019.


The ruling PDP and the opposition APC are fielding candidates in the struggle to elect the person who will take over from Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo who’s finishing his second time period in workplace. Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, a senator representing Gombe North is the candidate of the PDP whereas the APC has fielded Inuwa Yahaya, who contested on the identical platform in the 2015 basic elections. Analysts, say, each candidates stand good probabilities of clinching victory as they pull big followership from the citizens.


The governorship contest in Borno State is evidently zeroed on three main political events, PDP, APC, LP).

Although, political actions have commenced in Borno with social gathering supporters going around the state capital to drum up help for his or her candidates, not one of the political events have kicked-started the governorship campaigns.

The PDP governorship candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Imam, might be difficult APC normal bearer, Babagana Umara Zulum, a college don, former commissioner, and professor of irrigation engineering on the February ballot. LP candidate, Ibrahim Kadafur, a pilot and businessman might pull some votes particularly from some PDP and APC supporters who have been aggrieved after the September governorship primaries. Kadafur is comparatively unknown in Borno politics.


About 68 governorship candidates are bidding to exchange the outgoing Governor Rochas Okorocha who has been piloting the affairs of the state in the final seven and half years.

However of the military of candidates who’re anticipated to kick-ofF their campaigns subsequent week, the notable names are Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha of the PDP, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Ikedi Ohakim of the Accord Get together; Mr. Okey Ezeh of the Social Democratic Celebration, Sen. Hope Uzodinma APC and Mr Uche Nwosu of the Motion Alliance. Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha from Aboh Mbaise council space of the state is from the Owerri zone. The former Deputy Speaker of the Home Representatives isn’t just the main gubernatorial candidate however a serious contender for the Imo state Authorities Home.

Ihedioha, who was the get together’s gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together in 2015 had misplaced by a slim margin to the incumbent after the supplementary governorship polls, once more emerged the candidate of the celebration for the 2019 after defeating Sen. Samuel Anyanwu, who was his main rival in the course of the celebration’s primaries.

Certainly one of his main benefits this time round is that he’s not solely robust a candidate from a serious social gathering member from the Owerri zone.

In contrast to in 2015 the individuals of the state look like extra receptive to the candidacy of Ihedioha. That is because of the fall-out of the primaries by the All Progressives Grand Alliance the place Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume emerged because the candidate of the social gathering and in the All Progressives Congress the place Sen. Hope Uzodinma towards all expectations picked the ticket whereas the likes of the Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Eze Madumere, Sir Jude Ejiogu, Sir George Eche, Engr. Chuks Ololo from Owerri Zone misplaced out.

Thus, Ihedioha might obtain his political goal of turning into the subsequent governor in 2019 going by the groundswell of help by political leaders and leaders of thought throughout the three senatorial zones, who’re insisting that the Imo Constitution of Fairness have to be restored.

On the opposite had, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, the two-time senator from Isiala Mbano council space of the state in Okigwe zone is a rich businessman and a veteran politician, who has not hidden his want to control the state. He had contested the governorship election in 2007 on the platform of the Motion Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and misplaced to Ikedi Ohakim. He had additionally misplaced the PDP ticket to Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha in 2015.

Nevertheless, the key drawback of the governorship candidate of the APGA is find out how to coalesce the main stakeholders of the celebration and the help of the Owerri zone following the best way and method in which he emerged because the flagbearer of the social gathering, a state of affairs which gave rise to the formation of nAPGA by main stakeholders of the get together in the state led by Capt. Emmanuel Iheancho, former Minister of Inside and governorship candidate of the celebration.

To make matter worse, members of the n-APGA who spurned the peace and reconciliation committee arrange by the nationwide management of the social gathering headed by Chief Jerry Chukwueke had slightly pledged their help for Rt. Hon Emeka Ihedioha, the candidate of the PDP.

Senator Hope Uzodinma who’s the governorship candidate of the APC is from the identical Orlu Zone with governor Rochas Okorocha. The emergence of the incumbent senator representing Orlu zone on the Senate and his coalition members wrested the celebration ticket from Uche Nwosu, Okorocha’s son-in-law who the governor had insisted should succeed him.

Proper now the outgoing governor has vowed to not help the candidacy of Uzodinma and directed Nwosu and his loyalists who had misplaced their tickets to the transfer to Motion Alliance. Uche Nwosu, who misplaced the APC governorship Uzodinma has lastly settled for the Motion Alliance which was initially shaped by governor Rochas Okorocha after he couldn’t safe each the UPP and DPP governorship tickets.

Hope Uzodinma

The SDP candidate, Okey Ezeh, is battling with Dr. Casmir Anyanwu over who’s the rightful governorship candidate of the social gathering. The rivalry is that Okey Ezeh who had joined SDP after the governorship debacle in APGA didn’t contest the SDP primaries earlier gained by Dr. Anyanwu.

Ikedi Ohakim turned the candidate of the Accord Celebration after he left APGA following the emergence of Ararume, however the former governor who’s bidding for a come again might not have it straightforward.