Good Morning Nigeria! Here are a few of what you need to know this Wednesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu on Tuesday won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Enugu West Senatorial District election. Ekweremadu who got 690 votes defeated his closest rival Mr. Isaac Okah who got 84 votes. “This is the true spirit of democracy and, as a person, I like peaceful contests. I salute and urge them to join hands with me to ensure that the PDP works as a family to win the main election and continue to deliver quality representation to our people. I will continue to be fair and equitable to all,” Ekweremadu said in his speech after the election.
2. The National Working Committee panel of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) monitoring the Governorship Primary Election in Lagos State has nullified the exercise reportedly held across 20 local government areas of the state on Tuesday. Mr. Clement Ebri, the Chairman of the panel, who addressed journalists in Lagos, said that the election could not have held because the committee was still expecting the full list of representatives of one of the two aspirants as of 4pm Tuesday. Although the Lagos State APC Chairman, Tunde Balogun, declared Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu the winner of the election yesterday. “The results were signed by the agents of the two aspirants. The results were credible because INEC officials were there to witness the exercise; there was no violence,” he said. “The election stands because it was conducted according to the constitution of our party. The results were recorded under INEC supervision,” he added.
3. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has cleared a former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio; a former Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan; and Senator Shehu Sani, to contest in Wednesday’s Senate primaries unopposed. Others who were also cleared to contest unopposed include; the outgoing Governor of Zamfara State; Abdulaziz Yari, Senator Abdullahi Adamu; Senator Francis Alimikhena; former Sokoto State Governor, Senator George Akume, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye, Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako and others.
4. Mr. Emmanuel Jime, the Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority, on Monday emerged as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Benue State ahead of the 2019 general elections. Jime will contest against Governor Samuel Ortom who won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the election. Jime emergence came through consessus and affirmative votes from other aspirants.
5. Two out of the three serving senators of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Niger State on Tuesday lost their bid to return to the National Assembly following their defeat in the party’s primary election. Senator David Umoru, a two-time senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Human Right, lost to Sani Musa, a new entrant. While Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, the Chairman Senate Committee on Information, lost to Zakari Jikantoro, the Niger State Commissioner for Local Government Community Development and Chieftaincy Affair.