Police Fire Tear-gas PDP Supporters In Bayelsa

Scores of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were injured in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, after tear-gas canisters were fired at them by men of the Nigeria Police Force.

The PDP supporters were from Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state, and were protesting an alleged attempt by chieftains of the party to impose a candidate on Constituency 2.

The protesters had stormed the area on Sunday and after several warnings by the Police, when they approached the gate of the Bayelsa State Government House, they were tear-gassed by personnel of the Bayelsa Police Command.

It was gathered that the protest was staged over the suspicion that PDP chieftains had concluded plans to impose a female aspirant as winner after several postponements of the primary.

Attempts to reach the spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, DSP AsImin Butswat, failed but a Police source said although he could not confirm if there were casualties, “the use of tear-gas was routine as the protesters became unruly and threatened to breach public peace”.

Meanwhile, in another development, former Chairman of the Central Zone Chapter of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Tare Porri, has won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ticket for the 2019 House of Assembly election in Ekeremor Constituency 1.

Porri, who polled 26 votes defeated the incumbent lawmaker, Ball Oyarede, who got 25 votes to clinch the ticket.

The IYC chairman attributed his victory to the overwhelming support of all stakeholders in the party.

We don’t have criminal case against Atiku – US

PDP Issues Return Tickets To Saraki, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso After Presidential Primaries

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to give return tickets to three of the losers from Sunday’s presidential primary.

They are: Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso.

Vanguard reports the three men have been gifted tickets for the Sokoto governorship, Kwara Central and Kano Central Senatorial positions respectively.

The tickets were given to them, after the names previously listed for the above positions were dropped.

Atiku Abubakar emerged winner of the primary conducted in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

The former vice-president won by a landslide, garnering 1,532 votes.

Saraki polled 317 votes, while Tambuwal got 693

Atiku Abubakar Begins Search For Running Mate

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday at the main bowl of Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, won the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Hardly did Atiku emerge as the winner than the talk of his running mate started.

Investigations by our correspondents showed that the search might have been limited to the South-East region of the country.

However, in the election, Atiku polled 1,532 votes out of total of 3,221 votes, representing almost 50 per cent of the entire delegates’ votes

Atiku Abubakar Thanks Obasanjo For Making What He is Today

He is only a few minutes into his emergence as presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 2019 general election, but former Vcer President Atiku Abubakar is already setting about the business of wooing both his friends and enemies, all in a bid to bolster his arsenal ahead of the battle ahead.

While delivering his acceptance speech after he was officially declared winner of the primary with 1,532 votes to Aminu Tambuwal’s 693, Atiku thanked former President Olusegun Obasanjo for picking him as his Vice President in 1999, saying without this, he could never have become the PDP presidential candidate today.

Atiku’s words were clearly to woo his ex-boss, who has minced no words in saying he would never support Atiku to be come President.SEE ALSO

Only two months ago, Obasanjo had said: “How can I be on the same side with Atiku? To do what?

“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support. I do not have personal grudges with anyone. If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.

“It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual,” he said. “If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria it does not matter who you are I am not working with you.”

Despite having knowledge of Obasanjo’s perception of him, Atiku said on Sunday while accepting to be PDP candidate: “Finally, on a personal note, I wouldn’t have been standing where I am today if my former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo, had not made me his Vice President.

“Under his tutelage, I learnt quite a lot, and I believe the experience I have got is going to impact on how I eventually govern this country. I wish to pay my personal tribute to him.”

It remains to be seen if Atiku’s latest charm offensive would convince Obasanjo to pipe down on his aversion to the presidential ambition of his one-time deputy.