Five Former Ministers Pick Gubernatorial Forms

Five Former Ministers Pick Gubernatorial Forms
October 21 21:25 2014 Print This Article
Orubebe, Onyebuchi and Wike

Orubebe, Onyebuchi and Wike

As the political tempo in the country heightened ahead of the 2015 general elections, four immediate past Ministers who recently resigned from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Monday took a bold step to achieve their aspirations as they picked Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to run for the office of governor in their respective states

The ministers were among the seven who resigned their appointments on Monday to contest governorship seats of their respective states.

Those who have picked the forms to contest the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for the gubernatorial polls included former Niger Delta Development, Elder Godsday Orubebe;  Former Minister of State Niger Delta, Mr. Darius Ishyaku;  Former Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike; the Immediate Ex-Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu who have his eyes on the Ebonyi government house and a Former Police Affairs Minister under President Obasanjo’s administration, Mallam Adamu Waziri.

First to visit the PDP National Secretariat to pick his Expression of Interest and Nomination form was former Niger Delta Development, Elder Godsday Orubebe who wants to succeed Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan as the Governor of Delta State in 2015.

Former Police Affairs Minister, Mallam Adamu Waziri also was at the PDP National Secretariat for his nomination forms to run as Yobe State Governor in 2015 before the immediate former Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike who wants to succeed Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers and Former Minister of State Niger Delta, Mr. Darius Ishyaku obtained his gubernatorial nomination forms for Taraba State

The PDP National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha was at hand to attend to governorship aspirants.

Ishaku told journalists after paying the mandatory N11m nomination fee at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja that he remained the consensus candidate from the southern part of the state.

He said his aspiration had the support of a former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.).

Led by a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, the group said it was motivated to pick the form for the ex-minister due to his pedigree as a two-time council boss in Rivers State and a former Chief of Staff to the Governor.

Speaking with journalists after picking the form at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, Opara, however, explained that his group would not discourage others from vying for the gubernatorial ticket, while calling on those interested in the seat to exercise their right.

According to the former deputy speaker, Wike is on a “rescue mission,” adding that those in his group believe that the former minister is the only person that can be used to wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress in the state.

On what could have made them purchase the form, knowing full well that the incumbent governor is from Ikwerre, just like Wike, the PDP leader said, “Amaechi diverted the mandate given to him by Rivers people by joining the APC.”

Also, a former Minister of Police Affairs and one of the Yobe State governorship aspirants in the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Waziri, has said the activities of insurgents cannot stop election from taken place in the state.

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