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2015 Elections: Chukwu, Wike, Ishaku Pick Governorship Forms

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Three former members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) who resigned recently - Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu (Health), Mr. Nyeson Wike (Education) and Darius Ishaku (Power and Supervising Ministers of Environment and Niger Delta Affairs) - on Tuesday purchased their governorship nomination forms to contest the governorship elections in their respective states.

This is coming as a former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, said the insurgency in Yobe and Borno States cannot affect or deter the governorship elections in both states.

He also described the continued insurgency in Yobe State as a product of endemic poverty and illiteracy.

“Insurgency is caused by endemic poverty and illiteracy, all these human indices are a result of bad governance and the solution is good governance,” he said.

He described insurgency as a product of endemic poverty and illiteracy, adding that all these human indices are allegedly caused by bad governance and could be remedy only by a good government

Waziri made the disclosure yesterday, when he obtained his nomination and expression of interest forms at the PDP secretariat in Abuja.

The governorship form for the former Minister of state Education was purchased for him by a group of stakeholders from the state, led by the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara and Chief Sergeant Awuse.

They said their decision to purchase the governorship form is their contribution to ensure that Wike becomes the next governor of Rivers state.

According to Opara, “The decision to buy the form for Wike is that he has all it takes to bring Rivers State government house back to the PDP that Governor Chibuike Amaechi has take to the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

After purchasing the form, they proceeded to Wike’s residence in Asokoro to hand it over to him.

Also, a former minister, Ishaku, picked his governorship form as a consensus candidate for the PDP gubernatorial ticket in the state.

Ishaku told journalists that following an appeal reportedly made to former Chief of Army Staff, General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, to support an aspirant from the southern Taraba “all agreed that I should stand and take the mantle.”

He argued that Taraba south under former Governor Jolly Nyame governed the state for 10 years, Danbaba Suntai from Taraba central, whose administration is being completed by the acting governor, Garba Umar for eight years.

He insisted that if the Umar runs next year, he would disenfranchise the southern part of the state.

“The south have been giving PDP the largest vote since 1999, we are appealing to our people that we deserve it,” Ishaku said.
According to Ishaku, the accident of Suntai had polarised the state along ethnic and religious lines, saying, “Since the accident of Suntai, there has been polarisation along ethnic and religious lines. Before now, we were living peacefully. Some of us must give our services and bring about the past glory of the state, our economy has gone down” Ishaku concluded.

Also speaking Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, who corroborated said: “He is our consensus candidate; we agreed that he should run, he was not imposed on us.”

Meanwhile, race for the PDP governorship ticket in Rivers State tensed up yesterday as Wike and former Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power in the state, Mr. Beks Dagogo Jack, disagreed over which zone should fly the party’s flag for the governorship seat.

Both aspirants purchased their expression of interest and nomination forms yesterday at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja.

Speaking on behalf of the former minister, Opara said while they will not discourage others from vying for the gubernatorial ticket, they disagreed with the agitation that Ikwere ethnic nationality should be zoned out of the governorship contest.

The former Deputy Speaker further argued that Wike is on a ‘rescue mission’ to heal the state from what he called the ‘misrule of the governor, Rotimi Amaechi’.

However, Dagogo Jack, maintained that it was unfair for the governorship position in the state to remain in Ikwere after eight years under Amaechi.

He said: “Our state is multi ethnic, in principle I will never buy into the idea of one ethnic group ruling back to back. There should be rotation. Rivers is bigger than individual ambition and individuals should be subservient to the state.”

He, however, stated that he wants to be an economic change agent for the state, noting also that “we have had securuity challenges, it is my desire to bring the state back to its rightful place.”

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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Tags:     FEC     Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu     Mr. Nyeson Wike     Darius Ishaku     Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri     Austin Opara     Chief Sergeant Awuse     Governor Chibuike Amaechi