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- Published on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:53
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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole, has emerged the biggest casualty in the ongoing display of list of candidates for the April elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Governor Gbenga Daniel leads a faction in the state, while former President Olusegun Obasanjo is on the driver’s seat of the other.
Daniel, who is running for the Ogun East Senatorial seat, lost to Muhammed Tayir Adetunji; Bankole, who is seeking a return to the National Assembly, lost his bid to Mr. Peter Olusegun Alawode.
Daughter of late Bashorun MKO Abiola, Mrs. Lola Abiola-Edewor, eyeing the Ogun Central senatorial seat also lost her senatorial bid to the incumbent, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello.
In Enugu State, the faction loyal to the immediate past National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, was roundly beaten by the faction headed by the state Governor, Sullivan Chime, according to the list released yesterday in Enugu by INEC.
The list showed that Chime is the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state for the April elections.
All the senatorial, House of Representatives and state Assembly candidates elected by Chime’s faction of the party, including Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, also made the list contrary to speculations that INEC had accepted the list of Chief Anayo Onwuegbu as the PDP governorship candidate in line with an Abuja Federal High Court order.
Similarly, in the neighbouring Anambra State, former aide to Obasanjo, Dr. Andy Uba, made the list to represent Anambra South in the Senate.
He is joined on the senatorial candidates’ list of the PDP by John Emeka (Anambra North) and Oguguo Okoye for Anambra Central.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates for the Senate are Joy Emodi (Anambra North); Dora Akunyili (Anambra Central) and Chuma Nzeribe (Anambra South).
Also for the race to the National Assembly on the platform of APGA are Chris Azubogu (Nnewi North/South/ Ekwusigo); Francis Idigo (Anambra East/West); Edozie Aroh (Idemili North/South); Chukwuemeka Nwogbo (Awka North/South); Cyril Egwuatu (Onitsha North/South); Okey Udeh (Orumba North and South); Umeoji Chukwuma (Aguata); Uche Ekwunife (Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia); Victor Ogene (Ogbaru); and Simon Okpalaeke (Ihiala); Chinedu Eluemunoh (Oyi/ Ayamelum).
The PDP candidates included Eucharia Azodo (Aguata); Fort Dike (Ihiala); Lynda Ikpeazu (Onitsha North/South); Ameke Ikechukwu (Anambra East/ West); Emeka Eze (Njikoka/ Anaocha/Dunukofia); Nwafili Sunday (Ogbaru); Lambert Obidigwe (Ayamelum/Oyi); Ben Nwankwo (Orumba North/ South); Obinna Chidoka (Idemili). The lists for Awka North/South and Nnewi North/South/Ekwusigo were not made available.
In Delta State, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of the PDP and Chief Great Ogboru of Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) made the list of candidates released by INEC to contest the April general election in the state.
Others who made the list include Afro F B Biukeme of Mega Progressive Peoples Party (MPP) and Nkwoala Emeka of Labour Party (LP).
On the PDPâ€ˆsenatorial list were Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Senator James Manager and Chief Ighoyota Amori for Delta North, South and Central respectively. Others on the DPP list included Chief Pius Ewherido, Ogwilaya Ufuoma and Prince Ned Nwoko representing Delta Central, South and North respectively.
The INEC in Kwara State displayed the name of Senator Rukayat Gbemisola Saraki as the gubernatorial candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) in the state, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed of the PDP and Hon. Gbenga Olawepo of Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) for the April elections.
In the senatorial seat, Governor Bukola Saraki was cleared to contest for Kwara Central Senatorial District of the state on the platform of PDP, Senator Simeon Ajibola of PDP for Kwara South, while one time governor, Alhaji Muhammed Shaba Lafiaji also of the PDP will run for the Kwara-north senatorial seat.
The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has Lola Ashiru to contest for Kwara South Senatorial District; Alhaji Shuaibu Yaman Abdullahi for Kwara North, while Yisa Rukayat Ajoke will slug it out with Governor Saraki for Kwara Central during the election.
In Kogi State, Alhaji Jubrin Isah Echoho is the candidate of the PDP for governor despite ongoing litigation filed by Alhaji Rasaq Isa Kutepa to restrain the party and INEC from giving Echoho the ticket until the substantive suit is disposed of.
Also on the list are Prince Abubakar Audu of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Yusuf Obaje of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Senator Smart Adeyemi as the candidate for the Kogi-west senatorial district.
In Kano State, former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (PDP); Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, son of former military head of state, late Gen. Sani Abacha (CPC); the incumbent deputy governor of the state, Abdullahi Tijjani Gwarzo (ACN); and a former commissioner for local government, Malam Sagir Takai (ANPP) made the final list of governorship candidates for the April poll.
Senator Bode Olajumoke of the PDP emerged the candidate for Ondo North senatorial district, while former governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu will fly the PDP’s flag in Ondo South. Another candidate, Senator Gbenga Ogunniya will contest for the Ondo Central seat.
On the bill of LP for the Senate are Prof. Robert Borofice (Ondo North); Akinyelure Patrick Ayo (Ondo Central) and Kunlere Boluwaji for Ondo south.
Sokoto State Governor Aliyu Wamakko of the PDP has been given the clearance to re-contest for his office. He will slug it out with Abubakar Aliyu of CPC, among others.
Senator Liyel Imoke is PDP’s governorship candidate for Cross River State. His opponents are Iheke Awa Solomon of the ANPP and Etubom Nya Asuquo of the CPC.
Others included Mr. Goddie Akpama of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Mrs. Stella Bassey Eno for Alliance for Democracy (AD), Senator Matthew Mbu Jr for the ACN and Dr. Theo Onyuku for LP.
Due to the detailed and voluminous nature of information filled in the personal data form [Form C001] by candidates of the 21 political parties which entered for electoral contest for state and National Assembly for the general election in Edo State, INEC yesterday said it could not display the final list of candidates in the state.
Besides, it said the availability of only one photocopier at the commission’s office was compounding the problem towards ensuring speedy documentation of the personal data form.
Former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola is PDP’s senatorial candidate for Osun Central; Senator Isiaka Adeleke (Osun-west) and Senator Iyiola Omisore (Osun-east).
The ACN candidates for the Senate are Prof. Olusola Adeyeye (Osun Central), Hon. Mudashiru Hussain (Osun west) and Hon. Babatunde Omoworare (Osun east).
However, INEC in Kaduna State yesterday failed to display the much-awaited list amidst anxiety among politicians who stormed the commission’s Angwan-Rimi offices in anticipation of the names.
Spokesman of the commission in the state, Alhaji Lawal Haruna, explained that the list could not be displayed because it needed to be sorted out so that there would be no mistake.
Similarly, politicians in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) went home disappointed as INEC failed to display the lists of those vying for the Senate and House of Representatives.
The gubernatorial election in Abia State will be contested by 12 political parties whose candidates appeared on the list released by INEC yesterday in Umuahia.
The governorship flag bearers included Governor Theodore Orji (PDP); Reagan Ufomba, (APGA); Stanley Ohajuruka (LP); Prince Paul Ikonne (ACN); Chris Akomas, Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and Chukwuemeka A. Ikpo (ANPP).
Others included Obioma Oneagharam for Community Party of Nigeria (CPN); Chikwendu James Chibuzor, Peoples Progressive Party (PPP); Nwachukwu Kenneth Kelechi, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC); Samuel Chukwuma Eke, Citizen Popular Party (CPP); Ukpabi Uchenna (AD); Rev Ndukwe Ndukwe, National Conscience Party (NCP); and Owanta Emenike Lawrence for Democratic Front for People’s Redemption (DFPR).
On the whole, 22 political parties will contest the general election with most confining themselves to the house of assembly poll.
Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Obot Akapbio is PDP’s candidate in the state, while the party’s candidates for Senate are Helen Udoakaha Esuene (Akwa Ibom South), Aloysius Akpan Etok (Akwa Ibom North West) and Ita Solomon Enang (Akwa Ibom North East). Akpabio’s ACN opponent is John James Akpanudoedehe.