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PDP Postpones The Gubernatorial Primary Election In Niger
2023 Election

PDP Postpones The Gubernatorial Primary Election In Niger 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary poll in Niger was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to complaints by four of the five candidates running.

BY Omotayo Olutekunbi

Alhaji Sani Kutigi, Alhaji Sidi Abdul, Mr Abdulrahman Gimba, and Alhaji Abubakar Jankara, the protesting hopefuls, argued that delegates must properly identify themselves before being authorised.

The party’s gubernatorial candidate was scheduled to be elected by 800 delegates.

After an emergency meeting in one of the offices of the PDP secretariat, where the election would be place, the four hopefuls decided that all delegates must properly identify themselves.

Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, Chairman of the electoral tribunal and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa, was informed of the dissatisfied aspirants’ choice by Jankara, who spoke on their behalf.

Delegates must produce a form of identification, such as a national driver’s licence, national identity card, or foreign passport, according to the protestors.

Ewhrudjakpo’s attempts to persuade the hopefuls to agree that the delegates would be chosen by the chairmen of their respective local governments failed.

The four hopefuls also informed the venue’s head of security, Assistant Commissioner of Police Adedeji Taiwo, who encouraged them to file a written complaint.

Later, Ewhrudjakpo told reporters that he had ordered all delegates to obtain identification and that the exercise had been moved to Thursday.

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