Hur­dles be­fore PDP’s bid to cap­ture Adamawa, Borno, Yobe

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS -

dis­may, the same PDP stal­warts were said to have con­nived with the ANPP govern­ment to de­feat Goni in the elec­tion. Shortly af­ter re­sults were an­nounced, many ac­cus­ing fin­gers were pointed at a for­mer min­is­ter, whom they said failed to pro­vide the much needed lead­er­ship at a crit­i­cal time dur­ing the elec­tion.

Ini­tially, ru­mors had it that the PDP was in clan­des­tine agree­ment with for­mer gover­nor Se­na­tor Ali Sherif who is said to be inch­ing closer to de­fect­ing to the PDP. His re­cent rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima where the two re­solved to work to­gether for the good of the APC has how­ever punc­tured that claim.

Now that Min­is­ter Wakil is said to be head­ing the team, it is left to be seen if he can rally round party men and women to­wards the goal of un­seat­ing Gover­nor Shet­tima even af­ter 80 per­cent of the party’s ex­ec­u­tives de­fected to the APC last year.

Yobe

Just like its big sis­ter, Borno, Yobe is also one state that has con­tin­ued to elude the PDP since 1999.

In 1998, the PDP won about 12 of the 17 lo­cal govern­ment chair­man­ship and more than half of the State House of As­sem­bly seats. How­ever, by the time gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion was held in 1999, the party lost to the APP’s Bukar Abba Ibrahim and since then it has con­tin­ued to lose in ev­ery elec­tion.

The PDP in Yobe has never been weak­ened like now with many of its found­ing mem­bers de­fect­ing to the APC.

Top con­tenders for the job in­clude ousted min­is­ter of state for fi­nance Dr. Yer­ima Ngama un­der whose lead­er­ship most Yobe PDP stal­warts de­fected to the APC in protest over his al­leged high­hand­ed­ness and un­demo­cratic ten­den­cies.

Ngama is angling to get the PDP ticket in 2015. Same with re­tired top bu­reau­crat Al­haji Ibrahim Talba and many oth­ers who are yet to de­clare their am­bi­tions.

Mean­while, the PDP’s long term gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in Yobe, Al­haji Adamu Maina Waziri, can­not be ruled out of the race even though he is yet to in­di­cate his in­ten­tion to seek the ticket.

There is also Ali Yakubu Mainasara, a federal law­maker from Yobe who is as­pir­ing to get the party’s ticket. The prob­lem, an­a­lysts say is get­ting all the can­di­dates to­gether to sup­port only one among them.

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