- The leading opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is facing a lot of troubles at the state level
- Some state chapters of the party are not interested in giving automatic tickets to some lawmakers who defected recently to their fold
- The PDP national leadership had used automatic tickets to lure some lawmakers into the party
The Bauchi state chapter of the PDP has ruled out automatic ticket for aspirants seeking various elective offices in the 2019 general elections.
The state PDP spokesperson, Yayanuwa Zainabari, said there is no automatic ticket for anyone.
He said the party has also not offered automatic tickets to serving members of the National Assembly who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senators Suleiman Nazif and Hamma Misau, as well as Speaker Yakubu Dogara, are the notable politicians who joined the PDP from the APC.
Zainabari stated that all the defectors have to go through primaries to get the tickets, stressing that there are other politicians contending for the seats.
The PDP national leadership had used automatic tickets to lure some federal lawmakers into the party, a decision that didn't go down well with some state chapters of the party.
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Meanwhile, the APC in Bauchi has adopted President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Abubakar of the state as its presidential and gubernatorial candidates respectively for the 2019 general elections.
This was made known in a statement sent to journalists on Friday, September 14, by the press secretary to the governor, Abubakar Al-Saddique.
Saddique said the party took the decision at its stakeholders’ meeting on Thursday, September 13, held at the Government House, Bauchi.
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