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PDP in make or break presidential primary

PDP in make or break presidential primary
Rabiu Kwankwaso


Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has been round in the political scene in the nation for fairly a while. He began his politics on the nationwide degree in the botched third republic, when he served because the Deputy Speaker of the Home of Representatives. Like Tambuwal, he’s additionally from the North-west.

Kwankwaso was to later function governor of Kano State on the platform of the PDP for 2 phrases. In between his phrases, he additionally served as Minister of Defence in the second tenure of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

After he left the PDP in the construct as much as the 2015 common elections, Kwankwaso joined the APC, the place he contested for the celebration’s presidential ticket, and got here second in the competition.

Analysts say Kwankwaso’s biggest power in the competition for the PDP presidential ticket is probably his cult-like followership in Kano State and a few elements of the north. His political group, the Kwankwasiyya motion, is taken into account very formidable and can be a prepared software to mobilise delegates to help his aspiration.

In addition to, coming from Kano, a state with virtually the very best inhabitants in the nation can also be thought-about an enormous plus to Kwankwaso.

Additionally, like Tambuwal, the previous governor can be counting on his former colleagues in the Home of Representatives in the competition for the presidential ticket and the primary election, if he emerges the presidential candidate. He would even be relying on his contacts among the many former PDP governors, who served the identical time with him.

Nevertheless, analysts say, although Kwankwaso could also be widespread in the Kano, there are fears that he might not be capable of ship Kano, since he’s not capable of transfer freely in the state for now, owing to the political struggle happening between him and the state governor, Dr. Umar Ganduje, whose efficiency as far as an incumbent, nonetheless makes him fashionable in the state. The best disadvantage to Kwankwaso’s presidential bid is that rightly or wrongly, he’s perceived to harbour excessive spiritual and ethnic views.

Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Binta Spickin informed Saturday Solar that, her boss has a really excessive probability of choosing the PDP presidential ticket at immediately’s conference.

In response to her, “virtually all of the delegates have given him assurances that they’re going to vote for him, that they’re satisfied about his insurance policies and what he has for Nigerians. It is rather possible that Senator Kwankwaso will clinch the ticket.

“If the PDP is bent on profitable election, they’ve to decide on someone, who’s grounded throughout. Rabiu Kwankwaso is grounded throughout Nigeria, throughout all of the geopolitical zones. Not solely

that, he has proved that he’s a pacesetter, who has a imaginative and prescient, who has ardour for this nation. He’s probably the most detribalised Nigerian you possibly can consider. He has emotions for the youths. He has wonderful plan for ladies. So, with what he has executed, what he has promised to do, I feel the delegates are sensible sufficient to know that he’s the only option. Not solely that. You understand the north has the inhabitants. The 19 northern states are very populous, particularly Kano. He’s from Kano and there’s no one, who can win Kano with out him.”

Bukola Saraki


He’s arguably the preferred politician in the nation. His travails in the palms of the ruling APC made him so. He has survived a number of political landmines positioned on his path by the federal government. Like Tambuwal and Kwankwaso, he’s additionally a returnee to the PDP. He’s the present president of the senate. Saraki has all the time had his eyes on the presidency of the nation. He ran in 2011, although he didn’t transcend the shadow election carried out by the northern elders, to select a northern consensus candidate that ultimately slugged it out with Jonathan on the time.

He was Kwara State governor twice. He’s in his third time period as a senator representing Kwara central. In 2015, he was instrumental to APC’s win in Kwara and Kogi, a reality acknowledged by a few of the social gathering leaders. However he has what many known as” id disaster.” He’s Yoruba from the north; little question, his candidature shouldn’t be more likely to sit properly with the core northerners who consider that the slot is theirs for the take. However his handlers consider that they don’t require many votes from the core north to make their benefactor a president. They supported their place with historic antecedents.

Based on them, Alhaji Shehu Shagari gained his election in 1979 with out a lot votes from the core north, similar with Obasanjo in 1999 and even Jonathan in 2011. They insist that with bloc votes from the North-Central the place Saraki comes from, bloc votes from South-South and South-East, and little votes from the core north, are sufficient to ensure victory. However it’s unlikely if the social gathering leaders are considering in this path. The chairman of his Presidential Marketing campaign media committee of, Dr. Doyin Okupe, nevertheless expressed optimism that his principal will emerge as PDP presidential commonplace bearer at present.

“We now have arrived on the Backyard Metropolis the place the presidential candidate of the PDP will probably be elected. It’s a nice occasion that may decide and form the way forward for Nigeria. Dr. Bukola is a person that has been aptly described as a person for this season, a person that has in-born proclivity for management. He has an exemplary pedigree that’s essential for one of these publish.

“He is a great, confident, courageous, competent and cerebral personality. He is a shining light in the political firmament of the PDP. Having gone round the country with Dr. Saraki, I am amazed at the level of his acceptability in virtually every zone of the nation. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has become a national phenomenon and his ideology and policy to grow Nigeria has become a doctrine especially amongst young Nigerians,” Okupe stated.

Atiku Abubakar


Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had earlier than his defection to the PDP left nobody in doubt that he was going to run for the presidency in 2019. This reality was strengthened as early as 2015 shortly after the overall election, all by means of 2016 and even in early 2017, by the Adamawa State governor, Senator Jibrilla Bindow, when he publicly declared that Atiku was the state’s selection in 2019, at a time Atiku was nonetheless in the APC.

Atiku is from Adamawa State in the North-East. The zone has been agitating to be given an opportunity to control the nation after late Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria’s former Prime Minister. Adamawa State is among the states in the zone that has been underneath the management of the PDP since 1999, till 2015. However aside from 1999, when Atiku, then because the celebration’s governorship candidate gained convincingly, intrigues and controversies have all the time dogged PDP’s victory, ever since.

Mockingly, most of those that have all the time positioned themselves to problem the social gathering in the state have all the time been its former members, who turned aggrieved and needed to depart the celebration, for one cause or one other. Like in all earlier elections since after the 1999 ballot, the 2015 election was a straight battle between the PDP and the APC.

By the way, the APC’s candidate, who’s now the governor, solely defected to the APC from the PDP. Feelers even have it he might be a part of Atiku later in the PDP earlier than 2019 contest. If he had joined earlier than at present, it might definitely have added weight to Atiku’s bid for the ticket. Like Tambuwal, Kwankwaso and Saraki, Atiku can also be a returnee.

Actually, that is Atiku’s second time. He had left in the construct as much as the 2007 contest, ran the race however misplaced to PDP’s candidate, late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He returned forward of 2011 election, contested the get together’s primary because the north’s consensus candidate, however misplaced to Jonathan. Once more, in the construct as much as the 2015 contest, he defected to the APC, ran in the primary, however he got here a distant third. After this bid, it’s unlikely if he would need to attempt once more.

However his marketing campaign spokesperson, Segun Showunmi believes the ticket is theirs for the take. He stated” My principal and Nigeria as a nation has by no means been this able to provoke a political change that might herald the a lot desired socioeconomic and political transformation in Nigeria. I want the primary election of political events can be like a mini election that may afford all Nigerians the chance to take part in number of the candidates for elections. I might have informed you that Atiku Abubakar will win that election landslide. However, we’ve campaigned vigorously and our message of hope and higher Nigeria was unambiguous and properly acquired by Nigerians. We met with founders, leaders and members of PDP they usually wholeheartedly queued behind our message of hope and new Nigeria. To this finish, I can inform you that we’re prepared for the conference and we look ahead to a really clear course of that may afford the celebration the chance to conduct a free, truthful and credible primary election. We now have confidence and belief in the power of the individuals accountable to ship hitch free conference for members. PDP, undoubtedly, is predicted to make use of the conference as a step to the a lot anticipated biggest peak that had eluded Nigeria.”

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Ahmed Makarfi


He was a two time period governor of Kaduna State from 29 Might 1999 to 29 Might 2007. He was subsequently elected a senator for Kaduna North in April 2007. He ran for re-election on the PDP platform and was re-elected in 2011 as senator. Makarfi had earlier served in the Government Council of Kaduna State as Commissioner of Finance and Financial Planning.

Makarfi had a profession with the defunct Nigeria Common Financial institution, the place he rose to the rank of Assistant Basic Supervisor. He had additionally earlier labored as a part-time Lecturer in the Division of Accounting, Ahmadu Bello College, Zaria from 1987 – 1993. He’s the speedy previous nationwide caretaker Chairman of the PDP. He was appointed on the Port Harcourt Conference. One of many main political achievements of Makarfi was the profitable conduct of the elective nationwide conference of the PDP that produced Prince Uche Secondus because the substantive nationwide chairman of the social gathering.

His stabilising position in the celebration is predicted to work in his favour. In contrast to the primary 4 aspirants earlier x-rayed, Makarfi, since 1998 when he joined the get together has remained in the social gathering. He’s additionally from the North-West. Though, APC is in cost of the state in the intervening time, Kaduna is among the APC states in the North-West which are very weak. If the PDP stays the best way it’s as we speak, it has the capability to dislodge the APC from the state.

His media aide, Mukhtar Sirajo, believes that the result of the competition as we speak shall be in their favour. “We are sure of victory. We believe that the delegates will look at issues dispassionately and vote a personality that can lead the party to victory. I believe that having governed Kaduna, which is like a mini Nigeria for eight years, Makarfi has all it takes to govern Nigeria,” Sirajo added.

Sule Lamido


One of many founding fathers of the PDP, Lamido may be considered an previous timer in Nigerian politics. He entered politics as a member of the left-of-center Individuals’s Redemption Get together (PRP) in the second republic. He was elected into the Home of Representatives in 1979. He had gone forward to grow to be the Nationwide Secretary of the Social Democratic Social gathering (SDP) through the third republic, the get together which produced winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola.

He was appointed the nation’s Overseas Affairs Minister by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999 having contested and narrowly misplaced Jigawa State governorship election. He later contested and gained election in 2007. Lamido served two phrases as a governor and did his greatest to rework and reposition the state. Like Makarfi, he has been a constant get together man. He remained in the PDP even in the face of disaster when 5 governors elected on the platform of the celebration defected to the then opposition APC in the construct as much as the 2015 presidential contest.

In 2015, he got here underneath super strain to run towards Jonathan however he declined. He can also be from the North-West. His state, Jigawa, like Kaduna, could be very weak. The defection of leaders of the APC, led by a serving senator, Ubale Shittu, from the Hadejia axis of the state will additional assist the PDP reclaim the state. As a result of Jigawa was carved out of Kano, he has a robust following in Kano State. Until date, he stays the one presidential aspirant that stayed again to obtain all of the presidential aspirants who visited his state whereas canvassing for help. The one snag in his bid is his felony prosecution and that of his sons, for alleged corruption associated problem.

However his Private Assistant on Social Media, Mansur Ahmed, believes it’s a non-issue. Hear him “A number of investigations on funds of Jigawa have been carried out in the previous, with the only purpose of getting Lamido prosecuted, however they might not discover any fault. The case you’re speaking about is a political one and leaders of our nice social gathering are conscious. If they need a brave and fearless chief who can confront the Buhari’s APC headlong, they need to not look additional. Lamido is probably the most credible, competent, brave and fearless chief to steer PDP to victory. Look, if he will get the ticket, there are such a lot of APC leaders and different notable Nigerians who will deploy help in his favour to sack Buhari and APC. He’s the bridge builder between the younger and the previous. He’s the final man standing in PDP.

“Talking about the EFCC case, I have written a lot about it in recent times, but for the benefit of your readers, let me reiterate that none of the charges alleged that Lamido and his sons took any money from Jigawa State coffers, none of the charges alleged Lamido gave his children contracts as government’s publicity against him showed, rather the essential elements of the charges alleged that Lamido as Governor, influenced some two or three private companies to award contracts to two or three companies whose directors are himself and his sons. But they are telling Nigerians that Lamido and sons milked Jigawa dry, just to make them look like common criminals. Today, the case had gone before not less than five Judges with elaborate publicity but less evidence. If Sule Lamido and his sons indeed milked Jigawa dry, as was being insinuated, will there have been money to build the gigantic infrastructure put in place in Jigawa by his administration? The case is on, no doubt. But the constitutional provisions regarding a citizen’s eligibility to contest are all spelt out and Lamido has not breached any of them by his trial,” Ahmed stated.

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Jonah Jang


He was a two time period governor of Plateau State. He presently represents Plateau North senatorial district. He’s seen with suspicion amongst his fellow northerners, particularly these from the far north, who’re of the opinion that he didn’t do sufficient to scale back the ethno-religious tensions in the state, as governor for eight years. He’s seen largely, as a tribal irredentist. He was army administrator for previous Benue and Gongola States. As a army administrator, he as soon as declared one of the states he presided over, a Christian state. For that singular act, he was hurriedly faraway from workplace. He stands little or no probability in the right now’s contest.

However his Plateau state coordinator, Prof. Shedrack Greatest stated Jang’s likelihood is very shiny.

“The chances of Senator Jonah David Jang is bright in the PDP presidential primary, he is the most experienced and has the capability to deliver for the party in 2019. Jang is among the founding fathers of the party and has worked tirelessly to protect and ensure the acceptability of the party among Nigerians and we are optimistic that with Jang, PDP will bounce back to power in 2019,” Prof. Greatest stated.

Datti Baba-Ahmed


Among the many crowd of presidential aspirants on the platform of the PDP, Senator Datti Baba- Ahmed comes properly ready in phrases of his instructional background and expertise in politics.

Many consider that at 48, he has turn out to be very profitable in teachers and enterprise. His supporters would argue that based mostly on his pedigree, he has what it takes to convey a few re-engineering of the Nigerian financial system to create jobs for the military of unemployed youths in the nation.

In April 2003, he was elected to the Home of Representatives for the Zaria Federal Constituency, Kaduna State on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Social gathering (ANPP).

Baba-Ahmed was widespread for his principled activism in the course of the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; he was one of many lawmakers who opposed his third time period agenda. In Might 2006, he stated he wouldn’t run for re-election until motion was taken to research allegations that members had been bribed to help the constitutional modifications wanted for a 3rd time period presidency. Additionally in 2007, he took the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to courtroom over the conduct of previous elections.

He studied Economics on the prestigious College of Westminster, United Kingdom, and at an early age of 41, he had labored for the Safety, Printing and Minting Firm in Lagos, obtained two totally different Masters levels and a PhD. He established one of many prime rating personal universities with two different corporations using over 600 individuals drawn from each state in the nation. He has a fame for talking fearlessly towards corruption, dangerous governance and societal issues.

His supporters consider that his uncompromising stance towards corruption stays an essential ingredient wanted for a pacesetter that desires to steer the ship of the Nigerian state. He’s recognized for favouring constructing establishments over creating robust personalities and has additionally been a proponent of Safety, Financial system and Schooling (SEE) programme. His place is that, with the best funding in the essential sectors of the financial system, Nigeria shall be an inch away from the issues militating towards the nation.

What may go in his favour is that most individuals assume that a recent face ought to result in herald a departure from the recycling of leaders that Nigeria has all the time had for many years.

David Mark

David Mark

Within the politics of the Fourth Republic, there isn’t a doubt that the picture of David Mark looms giant. Having been in the senate since 1999, he is among the most skilled politicians in the nation and has carved a distinct segment as a nationwide determine. The retired Nigerian Military Brigadier Common and politician who represents Benue South senatorial district, was President of the senate from 2007 to 2015.

Many see the previous Senate President as a thoroughbred administrator who will deliver his wealth of expertise to bear on his authorities in the occasion that he emerges the PDP presidential candidate and probably wins the 2019 ballot. His eight years as Senate President have been exceptional in phrases of achievements and cordial relationship between the chief and legislative arms.

Mark was born in Zungeru, Niger State in April 1948 and attended St. Francis Catholic Training Faculty earlier than attending the Nigerian Army Faculty. After that, he attended the Nigerian Defence Academy and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1970 and have become a Captain in 1971. He was Commandant of Static Communications in 1974, after which later held a political submit as Chairman, Deserted Properties Implementation Committee in the Japanese area in 1976. He was Minister of Communications beneath former Head of State, Common Ibrahim Babangida.

Ibrahim Dankwambo


One other aspirant to look out for is the Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo. He’s thought-about as a silent achiever and a pacesetter who can change the established order in management. The chartered accountant has gained accolades for his frugality and environment friendly system of governance. His stoppage of sharing cash to buddies and cronies because the tradition in the state left solely those that are development-minded and people-oriented in his authorities.

Dankwambo’s profession started from Coopers & Lybrand and hightails to the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN). He was Gombe State Accountant Common, and later appointed the Accountant Common of the Federation earlier than he contested the governorship seat and gained in 2011. Many are of the view that, underneath his stewardship, Gombe has turned out one of the crucial developed and reworked states in the North-Japanese area. He’s believed to have reworked Gombe into the economic and agrarian hub of the area, a place that it enviably occupied in the previous.

It’s stated that his achievements in Gombe might have been liable for the rationale his supporters urged him to hitch the race.

Tanimu Turaki


A type of battling to fly the flag of the PDP in 2019 is the previous Minister of Particular Duties and Inter Governmental Relations, Tanimu Turaki (SAN).

Turaki is the primary Lawyer from Kebbi State and your complete former North Western States of the nation to be elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN) in 2002. Heisseenby many as a hit story and an uncompromising believer in the continued company existence of Nigeria.

Whereas addressing members of the PDP Nationwide Working Committee (NWC), on the event of his formal presentation of a letter of intent to contest the 2019 Presidential ballot, he stated: “I can match President Buhari’s integrity for integrity and I have what he does not have: I have education, I have knowledge, I have the fear of God, which he doesn’t have. Even if you have a good sales team, you need a good product. And I am that product. I can assure you that I am not made in Taiwan.”

When the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) was going by means of considered one of its making an attempt moments, Turaki was a type of referred to as upon to resolve the disaster in 1993. The Dan Masanin Gwandu was a member of the Nationwide Political Reform Convention in 2004, in addition to a member of the Board of Trustees of the Staff Nigeria Belief Fund, a physique that was set as much as impress personal sector participation in the sports activities improvement and financing in Nigeria.

When the defunct Financial institution of the North was in murky waters, Turaki was a member of the intervention Board that was arrange by the Regulatory Businesses (CBN/NDIC) to revive the financial institution that was on the breaking point to profitability.

He was at numerous occasions a member of the Council of Authorized Schooling, in addition to member of the committee for the assessment of Funding Legal guidelines in Nigeria. He was additionally a member of the Ministerial Committee for the Implementation of Reforms in the Nigeria Police Pressure in addition to the Committee arrange by the Physique of Benchers to assessment the legal guidelines regulating authorized apply in Nigeria.

His contribution to the event of the regulation and the authorized apply in Nigeria led to his appointment as a Notary Public by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, and his elevation to the distinguished rank of SAN in 2002.

Attahiru Bafarawa


Former governor of Sokoto State, Bafarawa has so much going for him as he has a monitor document that can’t be missed. As governor of Sokoto State for eight years, Bafarawa impacted very positively on the lifetime of the individuals. His supporters would argue that folks of Sokoto nonetheless keep in mind his days as governor with nostalgia they usually need him to deliver that magic to bear on Nigeria. The calculation is that those that purpose at weakening President Buhari’s help base will readily inform you that the battleground is the North-West zone from the place he garnered his highest variety of votes in the 2015 presidential election. To deal a devastating blow to the incumbent, subsequently, there’s the necessity to balkanise the North-West zone. If this can be a profitable technique, Bafarawa, just like the 5 different aspirants from the zone, could also be favoured. The North-West states of Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi, which have been all a part of the previous Sokoto State, are all his acquainted turf.

He has been round in politics since 1979 when he contested election to the Home of Representatives on the platform of the Nice Nigeria Peoples Celebration (GNPP), however misplaced. He was a member of the Nationwide Constitutional Convention of 1994–1995, through the army rule of Sani Abacha.

He was a founding member of the United Nigeria Congress Celebration (UNCP) and the All Peoples Social gathering (APP). In 1999, he was elected governor of Sokoto State on the platform of the ANPP, and was re-elected for the ANPP in 2003. He was a member of the APC, earlier than defecting to the PDP.