April poll: PDP dumps Iyabo-Obasanjo

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The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party may have finally spurned former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s efforts to influence his daughter, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello’s return to the Senate.

On Thursday, the PDP gave out the Independent National Electoral Commission’s forms to some winners of the primaries conducted by the Governor Gbenga Daniel-led faction of the party in Ogun State.

Two of the prominent candidates — Alhaji Gboyega Isiaka (governoship candidate) and Mrs. Lola Edewor-Abiola, daughter of the winner of the June12, 1993, late Chief MKO Abiola—were at the Wadata Plaza national headquarters of the PDP in Abuja to collect their forms.

By the PDP decision, Abiola-Edewor will contest the election for Ogun Central Senatorial District in April.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on Wednesday given an interim order barring INEC from accepting the list of candidates submitted to it by the governor’s faction.

The Ogun State PDP is divided into two factions, one of which is led by the governor and the other by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Chief Jubril Martins-Kuye and other senior party officials opposed to the governor.

The factions’ battle for supremacy made the two factions to hold different primaries, but while INEC officials monitored the governor’s primaries, none was seen at the other conducted by the anti-OGD faction.

The faction supported by Obasanjo, during its primaries produced a former administrator of Ekiti State, Maj.-Gen. Adetunji Olurin (retd.) as its governorship candidate and Obasanjo-Bello as the candidate for Ogun Central Senatorial District.
Source: Punch Newspaper – www.punchontheweb.com

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  1. The political arena of the states and Nation are getting warmer,more fanctions are contesting for superiority in the states,the political children have disobeyed their political father therefore,the political father want to disown their children.the state determines the nation. more interestingly the nation doesn’t want to loose the state,i think Nigerians are now being politically oriented than ever before,because godfatherism are now going into extinction gradually in Nigeria.It is only in Africa especially Nigeria,where people are politically insane and desperate to get power.I think it is hightime Nigerians woke up from their slumber and reject any political vulgarity and manipulation as we have seen in most of their primary elections or selections which were characterised with lot of abnormalities,irregularities and malpractices.to survive the nascent democracy of ours,the federal goverment should reduce its socio-economic and political power i.e.power decentralization.godfatherism should be discourage because’ he who pays the piper dictate the tune’number of political parties should be reduced,INEC should be totally independent,people of integrity and educated one should be elected,there should be severe punishment(long term jail) for election riggers….. ONE MAN ONE VOTE! God bless Nigeria


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